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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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Welcome to the MARS - W4BFB Website

Welcome to the website of the Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society, an active affiliate club of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Based in Charlotte, NC, the club has been serving Amateur Radio Operators, or Hams, in Mecklenburg County and the surrounding areas since it was founded in 1949. We are incorporated in North Carolina as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our primary focus is to provide valuable training, actively promote the amateur radio hobby, and most of all - have fun!



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Club Activities

MARS-W4BFB Club Members

The club annual election process has begun is completed.

Elected Officers for 2016 are:

  • President - Eric Webner - K4FAN
  • Vice Pres - Mitch Barbato - KX4MB
  • Secretary - Susan Nosko - W4SJN
  • Treasurer - Tom Hunt - KA3VVJ
  • Directors:

  • Patrick Fink - W4PFI
  • Jon Greene - KK4ZIZ
  • Dave Holbrook - KC4SGT
  • Marshall Lail - KK4OHF
73 - George Hohas W4GEH - Nominating Committee Chairman

Join Us for Dinner!

Come out and join us for dinner before the monthly club meetings and indulge in some great food and great conversations. Click here to see where we will be meeting this month!
We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Clubroom Activities

For those of you that would like to burn a few calories after enjoying the Thanksgiving feast, we will be holding a Club room work party, Saturday, November 28th, at the Red Cross Building at 2425 Park Road.
We will be meeting at Toast restaurant for a light Breakfast at 9:00am. (It's a holiday we do not need to get up too soon....) We are planning on pulling a couple of extra Coax cables from the radio room to the roof of the Red Cross. Come on down to miss the shopping madness and enjoy some fellowship.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Happy Thanksgiving 73's - Andy K4GKK

   Monthly Club Meeting:

Our club's regular monthly meeting is held on the last Tuesday of each month (except December) beginning at 7:30pm, at St. Giles Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2027 Emerywood Drive, Charlotte NC.   All visitors are Welcome.

Club meeting's are where we can all come together to see old friends, make new friends, meet the person that goes with the voice and the callsign, find someone to help with a radio problem, learn other's experience with a piece of gear, or just plain yak with someone. We tell war stories, encourage new Hams, encourage old Hams, divulge our secret techniques of operating or fixing, discuss current Ham radio events, promote upcoming public service events or remember those we have done. For most meetings, we try to enlist an interesting presentation of a program topic about something in the communications world. We have had some very interesting topics presented. Sometimes we explain what's required and how to accomplish the best hamfest in the southeast, sometimes we horsetrade radio fleas at a club auction, and when December comes, we get all gussied up for our annual Holiday party.

It's important to come to club meetings because that's where everything comes together. You get to lobby members of our Board of Directors (and they really like to hear what everyone is interested in because it makes their job easier). Club meetings are such an important part of our group that we require attendance of at least 7 of the last 12 meetings to be eligible for nomination to our Board of Directors.

   Latest MARS-W4BFB News:

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MARS Membership Renewal
posted 11/16/2015  

It's that time of year again! Time to begin renewing your 2016 club membership to the Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society. Of course, your membership runs on the calendar year, but an early reminder never hurt anyone!

There are a few ways you can renew - whichever works better for you! If you like the feel of paper in your hands, you can always print out a copy of the renewal form (yes, please fill out a form even if you've been around for years... it allows us to ensure all your information is up to date!) from W4BFB_Membership_Form_2015.pdf - fill that out, and either mail your check and form to Tom, or bring it to the next club meeting.

Otherwise, if you want to save a tree, you can visit form_mars_renewal.php and renew online with PayPal! Similarly, we ask you fill out the entire form on the site as well.

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

Radio Links posted 10/24/2014  
Check out the updated Radio Links button in the navigation bar. It now has links for back issues of CQ Magazine, 73 Magazine and American Radio History which has links to many other radio and electronic magazines.

Charlotte Talks updated 2/25/2014  
Tuesday, Feb 25, Ham Radio will be the topic on "Charlotte Talks" with Mike Collins, WFAE FM 90.7. The show airs live @ 9AM and is replayed at 9PM. MARS's own Paul Jones K4VCF and TIm Slay N4IB will be in the studio live talking about ham radio, the upcoming Charlotte Hamfest and the ARRL's Centennial.
Hear the show now at http://wfae.org/programs/charlotte-talks-wfae

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