The Charlotte Amateur Radio Club - W4CQ is a general interest radio club serving the Charlotte, NC area. We generally meet on the first Saturday of every month at 10:00 AM at the Salvation Army Divisional headquarters, our served agency. We're located at 501 Archdale Drive in Charlotte, NC. 28217, near I-77 Exit 4 (Nations Ford Road).

Check our Calendar of Events for changes and additions to the meeting schedules.

Feel free to come by and meet the members. We have a working club station on site with active HF, VHF and UHF equipment. This is a secured facility, please arrive no later than 9:35 AM to assure access.

December 13th is Santa’s net on the W4CQ 444.450 repeater from 7:00pm until 8:00pm.

Jennifer KN4OSQ and Ronnie KW4RD will host a directed net for good boys and girls with occasional traffic from the big guy himself, Santa Claus.

Have your Christmas List handy and check in “Naughty” or “Nice” with your little ones as third party traffic.

Ho Ho Ho!!!

December 16 at 1:00pm is the CARC Christmas Party.

This is a Semi-Pot-Luck Dinner, meaning that CARC will provide Smothered Pork Chops and Fried Chicken from Nana Morrison’s and the members will bring sides.

Sign up for what you will bring HERE!

See what others are bringing here!

It is also asked that a toiletry-type item of approximately $20 value be brought as a donation to the Salvation Army.

CARC would like to thank Matt and John from Fleettalk for building, tuning and installing bandpass filters for the W4WBT and W4ETF repeaters at 2WF today.

These filters are designed to notch out the neighboring DMR systems that were deafening our receivers. Below you will find photos and videos of Matt and John trying to teach me something about radio.




Before Bandpass

After Bandpass


The Charlotte Amateurs’ Radio Club would like to extend its most sincere gratitude to our newest applicant, and angel donor, John Meikrantz of Waxhaw, NC. (KB4TBD)

John has graciously pledged five thousand dollars to CARC which will fund the purchase of the two Crescend amplifiers for the 2WF Digital Repeater Project.

The addition of these amplifiers will give W4WBT and WB4ETF the RF output needed to extend CARC’s digital footprint in a way complementary to the W4CQ repeater’s analog footprint.

The order for the amplifiers could be placed as soon as next week depending on timing.

Make sure to pat John on the back when you hear him on the air, or see him at the club! 



Today the 2WF team installed the new 2m antenna for the WB4ETF repeater.

Signal reports have been very good so far.

Additionally, KO4VDK set up a webSDR to remotely monitor and decode all RF traffic that reaches 2WF. This will be an integral part of the Reverse Ranger Program, with additional direction finding capabilities to follow.

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Santa's Net with KN4OSQ and KW4RD

Have the kiddos check in with Santa!

From 7:00 until 8:00

At W4CQ Repeater 444.450

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Monkey Man Court Appearance

From 9:00am until 11:00am

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Club Christmas Party & Meeting

Club Christmas Party & Meeting

From 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm

At W4CQ Radio Room @ Salvation Army Community Services Bldg.

501 Archdale Dr Charlotte NC 28217

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