Club History

The Charlotte Amateur Radio Club is a general-interest club which meets on the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM. The normal meeting location is at The Salvation Army Division Headquarters at 501 Archdale Drive in Charlotte, near I-77 Exit 4 (Nations Ford Road). There is a permanent club station at this location with HF, UHF and VHF capability.

The club sponsors 3 repeaters, participates in several public service events each year, and participates in Field Day each June. We also have an annual Christmas party each December.

The club call, W4CQ, originally belonged to Earle Gluck. Earle was involved in radio almost from the beginning, and was instrumental in getting broadcasting station WBT in Charlotte on the air. Wilford L. Eury – N4MD is the station license trustee.

The Club is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League and is a non-profit organization with a tax- exempt status with the Federal and State governments. It provides free training for newcomers and provides the community with various public service activities.

The Club participates in ARRL-sponsored activities, such as Field Day, VHF contests, Simulated Emergency Tests, etc. During the Managua and Guatemala earthquakes, the Club station was activated and received and transmitted many pieces of traffic. During the Managua earthquake, the Club was recognized for its services by the Charlotte Observer and by the two wire services, United Press International and Associated Press. W4CQ was again active during the Guatemala earthquake and was in direct contact with a hospital in Guatemala and ran phone patches so doctors there could talk with doctors here in Charlotte and the Sanger Clinic to make medical supply requests directly. Doctors here were made aware of their needs directly without any delays.

The Club has provided many public service communications for various local agencies in the past, such as the March of Dimes, American Lung Association, Charlotte Marathon, and Carolina Moon Ride.

The Club station, W4CQ, is equipped to operate on HF, UHF, VHF and packet. Any member of the Club can operate the station after being checked out on its proper operation and tuning. The Club also has 3 repeaters; two on 70 centimeters and 1 on 2 meters.

The Club also owns an Emergency Communications Trailer equipped with towers and antennas for Emergency and Public Service use. It is equipped with radios to operate on HF using regulated land power or 12-volt battery power. The lights in the trailer are also switchable to either AC power or 12-volt DC power. The trailer was just repainted with new signs identifying it as the Club portable station on wheels.

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Mission Statement

Mission Statement of the Charlotte Amateur Radio Club W4CQ

The mission of the Charlotte Amateur Radio Club it to promote the technical craft of amateur radio through training, mentoring and enhancing fellowship among radio amateurs.

Statement of Purpose


Prepare to use our network of technical resources to provide skilled operators, and disaster communications, when requested by any governmental department of emergency management, relief agencies or ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services).

Work to establish and maintain infrastructure, plans and procedures to best utilize the capabilities of the Charlotte Amateur Radio Club.

Train and experiment with new modes of communications so that we may provide quality communications to ensure public safety and continuity of essential public services.

Periodically provide licensing classes and VE testing to promote the use of amateur radio as both a hobby and a vehicle for providing emergency communication services to our community.

Sponsors

W4CQ is proud to thank our sponsors for supporting the Charlotte Radio Community.


The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army has provided W4CQ with a home for many years at no cost.
Salvation Army Website

Wells Fargo
“We want to satisfy our customers financial needs and help them succeed financially.”
Wells Fargo has provided our Uptown repeaters a home for many years at no cost.
Wells Fargo Website

WCNC Charlotte
“Charlotte’s leading local news: Weather Traffic Sports and More.”
WCNC has provided tower space and power for many years at no cost.
WCNC TV Website

Post Modern Solutions
Professional IT, Network, Access Control, IP Cameras, and VoIP telephone Solutions. W4CQ would like to thank Post Modern Solutions for their generous donation of critical radio equipment. Post Modern Solutions Website