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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 * 224.400 * 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

Photos from our February 2015 Club Meeting. We had a great turnout, despite the fear of the storms coming!

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

One of our goals for 2015 is to have more activities held in down in the club room. Below are some upcoming events planned:

   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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Mac McCray - K4PDY Posted 10/4/2015  
The Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society just lost one of our first lifetime members. Mac McCray, K4PDY, September 30, 2015, Mac was 86.
His funeral is tomorrow (Monday) at 2:30 pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte. Here is a link to his obituary:

Posted 10/2/2015

RockHill SC Hamfest

Postponed to October 17, 2015

Due to forcasted bad weather for Saturday.

Posted 10/2/2015
Our next VE Session is November 7th

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 < - - .>

FCC "Paperless" Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17
posted 01/29/2015  
Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. In mid-December the FCC adopted final procedures to provide access to official electronic authorizations, as it had proposed in WT Docket 14-161 as part of its "process reform" initiatives.
Read More [here].

MARS Membership Renewal
posted 11/13/2014  
You can now renew your membership to MARS online using PayPal (even if you don't have or don't want a PayPal account). PayPal is easy, secure and fast. Anyone with an email address can use PayPal in a minute or less, and you can pay with a major credit card!
After the first portion of the MARS online renewal form has been completed and submitted successfully, you will be returned back to the form to complete the PayPal portion by selecting the correct [Pay Now] button which will take you to a secure PayPal website. When completing the PayPal porting please enter your [call] in the notes section of the PayPal form.
If you prefer not to renew on line, you can still complete a paper form on line, print it, and then mail it in with your check or bring it to a meeting and give to the treasure. We hope this makes it easy for you to renew your membership.

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

Upcoming Public Service Events

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