I am pleased to announce that Cliff Greene WB4NCQ is the new ARES Emergency Coordinator for Mecklenburg County.
Cliff Greene has been an integral member of the ARES team reporting to the EOC. Not only has Cliff completed all of the NC ARES training requirements he has gone well beyond that level by taking many additional FEMA classes all related to communications. Cliff is also an alternate Net Control Operator for the Tar Heel Emergency Net which is a State level ARRL/ARES HF net for NC.
I hope all of you will welcome Cliff, give him your full support and make his transition into the ARES Emergency Coordinator position a smooth one.
Tony Lewis - KE4VVF
No June Meeting posted 06/27/2016
As a reminder, our Field Day weekend will be the only June meeting this year.
We will not have a meeting at St. Giles tomorrow night because they are having
a very high attendance of Vacation Bible School children this year and have no
room for us. That's great news for St. Giles and those kids!
So enjoy your upcoming July 4th weekend and rest up. Many of us need it.
We will see you on July 26th at our regular MARS meeting at St. Giles church.
W4BFB Field Day posted 06/21/2016
This year, Field Day is being held at
Park on Wilgrove in Mint Hill, NC.
Please come out and join us for 24 hours of operating on the air, hands-on
learning activities, and our Annual Club Picnic starting at Noon Saturday!
We will be operating as a 3A station, with hopes of 1 Phone, 1 Digital, and 1 CW station. Before
Field Day kicks off, we'll be doing an Antenna Analyzer demonstration, and shortly after we will also
have a Go-Box demonstration combined with sending traffic on both VHF and HF frequencies.
All VE test sessions are open to all individuals, and are held at
St. Giles Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 2027 Emerywood Avenue in Charlotte. Test sessions start at
9:00am, so please arrive by 8:30am to register. All test
elements are given at each session. Walk ins are welcome, but we would
appreciate it if you register by sending an email to
or call 704-948-7373 if you need additional information.
There has been a lot of interest expressed in changing the start time for our club meetings. Meetings often run later
than members can stay, and it's tough when you have to get up for work early the next morning. We discussed it at the
meeting last night, and passed a motion to change the club meeting time to 7:00 p.m. Please make the change in your
calendars, as we will start next month's meeting on April 26 at 7:00 p.m.
HRN 247: BS#5 from the Charlotte Hamfest Posted 3/15/2016
Ham Radio Now did an episode as we were wrapping up the 2015 Charlotte Hamfest.
Check it out and see what you think!
Want an Amateur Radio license plate on your vehicle posted 1/3/2016 This information for North Carolina Residents Only.
On behalf of Andy, K4GKK, and your Board of Directors, I am pleased to advise
that the Internal Revenue Service has approved our recent request to be
listed as a 501(c)(3) organizations. This means any and all donations to
MARS, a charitable organization, are deductible.
As we approach the end of 2014, we hope that club members, in addition to
renewing their annual membership, will give serious consideration to making
a contribution to the club. In addition to cash, any donation of
equipment that can be sold at the Hamfest is tax deductible, as long as the
contribution is made before the end of the year and you are given a receipt
for the fair market value of the item.
The Board wishes to express its gratitude to George W4GEH, Patrick W4PFI,
Patrick's dad Don Fink, for the time, energy, and attention to getting the
application tuned up before it was submitted. Yes, I was involved, but it
was a team effort.
Having the 501(c)(3) can and will open some doors for MARS that can have
the effect of improving the club's bottom line and allow us to have a
greater impact on our community.