Whole lot of shaking going on!

Not just the cold weather….
Bonner, W4BNR, will be the new Thursday night NCO. 
Ken, W2KAM, is in the process of moving to SC and we wish him well. Thank you, Ken, for your dedication, not only to the Piedmont Spotter Group as an assistant net manager and NCO, but also Charlotte Regional Skywarn as well.
Dalton, W4WXL, will be the new Tuesday night NCO.
John, KN4DOH, will be the new Monday night NCO as Brandon, KM4FLU, is stepping down to an alternate NCO position. Thank you, Brandon, for your dedication and great work as an NCO.
David, N1DDC, will be taking the second half of each month’s Sunday nights. Bill, KN4PXY, will still be doing the first two Sunday nights of each month.
So a great big welcome aboard to the newest NCOs….. Dalton, John and David!

Gary Whitt     W5GDW
Piedmont Spotter Group Net Manager.
Charlotte Regional Skywarn NCO.

PGS Shakes things Up, New NCO’s

January 2019 is behind us, and we shook things up here at the Piedmont Spotter Group for the new year!

First, we have had some changes in the nightly lineup for Net Control Operations. Rick McClure moved to Sunday night for John Hull. We also added some new NCO’s to the mix. We would like to welcome aboard Andy Pagoota, W4WNO from Shelby. He moves into the Friday night slot for Joel. Also welcome aboard Bonner Pittman, W4BNR calling the net on Tuesday nights. We also would like to welcome, Bill Owens, KN4PXY from Mt Holly as an alternate NCO. Bill will be calling his first net this month!

We would like to thank Joel Lautzenheiser, K4DKX and John Hull, KN4DOH for calling one of our regular nights nets. Both of these fine young men have recently accepted positions in the Carolina Amateur Radio Club and have taken the reins by the bit! Joel is the President of the club, and John is the Vice-President! And to think we had Ham radio royalty right here at the PSG! HI HI! They have a weekly net at 19:15 on the K4ITL repeater in Dallas, 145.350 each Tuesday night. Be sure to swing by their site too Carolina Amateur Radio Club.

If you’ve been checking with us regularly, you may have noticed a slight change in our net Preamble. Nothing too drastic though. We know there are a lot of nets in our area, that we all like to check into as well. With that in mind we shortened things up just a tad to get to roll call a little faster so you can have time to participate in those other nets too. We are net friendly here at the PSG and encourage you to check into as many nets as you can, with as many clubs and groups as you can. Staying radio active is the key!

We are resurrecting training Wednesdays! Short and sweet, but full of information. If there is a topic you think we need to cover, shoot us a message on Facebook and we’ll definitely consider it! We’re keeping it weather related but can expand to other topics too.

Speaking of nets, there is a new group in town and they have a brand new net to hit the airwaves! The Gaston Radio Club holds their nets on Monday’s, Wednesdays & Saturdays at 20:30 on the W4CQ repeater 444.450 (82.5) in Dallas. It’s a pretty wide coverage repeater to boot, so go and check them out also!

We’ve added EchoLink to the repeater! And when I say we I mean the W4BFB club. The node is under KK4ZIZ-L for now, with plans to add it to the repeater under W4BFB-R soon.

That’s all for this month! See you down the coax!

Chris, N1CRG

Annual Santa Net Dec 15th 2018

It’s that time of the year again! We’re pointing our antenna’s toward the North Pole to get a few moments on the air with Santa himself! He’ll be joining us on our nightly net on December 15th starting at 7PM and going until 8:45PM. The frequency is 145.230 (-) t118.8 on the W4BFB repeater. Gather up the children and have them talk to Santa during this special net. Adults, ask Santa for that new gear you’ve been wanting! He’s a busy man this time of year getting ready for the big night, so we won’t get this chance again until next year, so don’t miss out!  Merry Christmas from the Piedmont Spotter Group.