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Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society™
* W4BFB * Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co. NC *

Repeaters on * 146.94-(118.8) * 145.29-(118.8) * 145.23-(118.8) * 224.40- * 444.60+(118.8)
Packet on * 145.010 * 145.090 * 223.400 * 446.500 * All 1200 baud FM simplex
Metrolina 2m Emergency Net™: 9:00 PM Local Time on 146.94-(118.8)
Mecklenburg ARES Net: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM Local Time on 146.94-(118.8)
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Latest MARS-W4BFB News

Newly Elected Club Officers
posted 12/6/2016  

The 2017 Slate of Officers has been established!

Congratulations to the newly elected officers, including Aron Tekulsky (Treasurer), Charles Comerford (Director), and Steve Nosko (Director)! You can see the entire slate of officers here!

November Newsletter Posted
posted 11/23/2016  

The November Newsletter has been posted!

Check it out here!

Susan, N4PSN
Newsletter Editor

New ARES EC Mecklenburg County
posted 09/07/2016  

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.

Click here for more details

VE Test Session
posted 6/2/2016  

Our next VE Test Session is August 20, 2016.

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.

More information can be found here.

W4BFB Club Meeting Time Change
posted 03/30/2016  

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.
  • Get and print the official NC DMV form MVR-35 - - > here < - -.
  • Complete the form and mail with a check for $10.00 .

W4BFB Receives 501(c)(3) Designation
posted 12/3/2014  

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.

73, Paul, K4VCF

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