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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)
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Mecklenburg ARES Net: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM Local Time on 146.94-(118.8)
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Welcome to the MARS - W4BFB Website

We are working on updates for the website - Please excuse any errors you may find!

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 various January Club Meeting, Winter Field Day 2016,
and the New Year Party!

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. For dinner locations prior to Board Meetings, click here. For dinner locations prior to Club Meetings, click here.

Upcoming Club Activities

Check out some of the upcoming events planned. If you have any activities that need to be added, please email .

Monthly Club Meeting:

Our club's regular monthly meeting is held on the last Tuesday of each month (except December) beginning at 7:00pm, at St. Giles Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2027 Emerywood Avenue, 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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October Newsletter Posted
posted 00/20/2016  

The October 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.

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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

Upcoming Public Service Events

If you have any ideas for Public Service that would benefit from the club's participation, please email with your details.

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This page last revised:  12/21/2015 05:16:52 PM