Repeater Maintenance

Our main repeater, the W4BFB repeater (145.230) on Spencer Mtn. is down for maintenance. Until it’s back up, our nets will be held on our backup repeater 145.350  – Tone 82.5 (Dallas NC)

PSG Hold Annual Elections

The term for Net Manager and Assistant Net Manager for the Piedmont Spotter group is 12 months and elections are held in June each year. This year we elected 1 net manager and 2 assistant net managers. I am pleased to announce that Greg Huffman, W4GCH will continue to serve as the Net Manager by a majority vote. The positions of assistant net managers will go to Brian Lewis, AF1US and Howard Outland WB4UD also by a majority vote. They will start their new term on July 1st 2017. Congratulations to all three, and thank you for volunteering your time to help your community.



Skywarn Spotter Class Feb 18th

The Charlotte Amateur Radio Club in partnership with Charlotte Regional Skywarn are sponsoring a Skywarn Spotter Training Class.

It will be held at the Salvation Army building at 501 Archdale Dr, Charlotte NC 28217 on Saturday Feb 18, 2017.  The basic class will start at 10AM, and the advance class will begin at 12:45. There will be a 45 break between sessions. Both of these courses are being taught by the National Weather Service in Greer, SC, and are free to attend.  Space is limited so please register to attend by emailing us to let us know how many seats you’ll need.  RSVP to

What: Basic & Advance Skywarn Spotter Courses

When: Feb 18, 2017 starting at 10:00 AM

Where: Salvation Army 501 Archdale Dr, Charlotte



Special Christmas Edition of the Piedmont Spotter Group Net.

The PSG has once again gotten the “Big Round Man in the Bright Red Suit” to make a pass by the W4BFB repeater network.  Each year about this time, we link the W4BFB repeaters and Echo-Link node for one special night to have a moment of fun with the kids in our families or neighborhoods.  W4GCH will be Net Control for this event.
December 17 2016
18:30-20:55 EST
145.230 (118.8), 146.940 (118.8), 224.400 and  K4NET-L on Echolink
Round up the kids, the kin, the neighbors, and the XYL’s for this fun event.
We want this to be a fun event that introduces folks to just another facet of Amateur Radio
All are welcome to participate with or through a licensed Amateur Radio Operator.
Thank you and hope to hear you on the Net!!
Merry Christmas,

SK William Richard W4DUB

We have just learned of a passing of one of our regular checkin’s and a checkin to many nets in our area. William “Dub” Richard W4DUB passed away on October 23, 2016. We are saddend to hear of his passing. Dub surely was an active Amateur Radio Operator in our area and will surely be missed!  73 OM!

BELWOOD-W.C. “Dub” Richard, 87, of 118 Horseshoe Lane, Belwood, passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center surrounded by his loving family.

Born Jan. 9, 1929, in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Johnnie Isaac Richard and Annie Lou Ivester Richard. He was retired from Drexel Heritage and was a lifelong member of Knob Creek United Methodist Church where he was a former Sunday school teacher and church council chairman. After retiring, he enjoyed working at Cleveland County Recycling Center at Polkville. Mr. Richard was also a member of Fallston Masonic Lodge#356 and the Shelby Amateur Radio Club. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening, horseback riding, fishing and spending time at the family campsite at Lake James.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Wayne Crotts.

Survivors include his wife, Mallie Sain Richard of 68 years; son and daughter-in-law, Steen and Lorinda Richard of Lawndale; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Billy Hoyle; two sisters, Sarah Crotts and Peggy and Paul Grigg all of Lawndale; grandchildren, Todd Hoyle, Angie and Steve Weathers, Amy Richard and Scott and Jackie Richard; great-grandchildren, Dale and Amanda Hoyle, Amber and Aydin Beseli, Charles Hoyle, Billy Barrett, Abigail Richard and Deacon Richard, great-great-grandchildren, Lane Hoyle and Allison Hoyle.

The visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m., Wednesday, at Stamey Tysinger Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at Stamey Tysinger Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Juston Smith.

Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Knob Creek United Methodist Church c/o Tony Willis, 6313 Rhoney Road Connelly Springs, NC 28612.

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It is with regret that we announce the passing of an active Amateur Radio member from our community. Barry Finley, AG4I from Lincolnton NC has passed away. Barry has been an Amateur Radio operator for a long time. His first call was KB4CDX as a novice, and later AD4LI as an Extra, before obtaining the 2X1 call AG4I. Barry was involved with the 145.350 Repeater located in Dallas NC, as a trustee for many years. Barry will surly be missed in the community.

Arrangements are still being made and we’ll update this post once we get them

73’s OM


Birth: Jun. 15, 1947
McDowell County
North Carolina, USA
Death: September 7, 2016

Barry Richard Finley
Born on Fathers Day in Marion Hospital.
Parents were James Lloyd and Madge Alberta White Finley.Barry married Melba April 19, 1969
in Lincolnton, NC

Richard Von Finley
Ronnie Leon Finley
Mark Dwayne Finley

7 Grandchildren and 4 Step-grandchildren
Zachary Finley
Josh Finley
Skylar Finley
Autumn Finley
Trinaty and Gavin Finley (Twins)
Hunter Finley
Tori Payne
Logan Leonard
Colton Leonard
Mason Leonard

Barry was an Auto Diesel Mechanic
He attended Lincolnton High School and Gaston College
He enjoyed being around people and helping others in need.
He was an Amateur Radio Operator and met many people all over the world.
He loved the Lord most and his family. He strived to make his family happy. He worked hard and never met a stranger.
He loved reading especially his Bible. He read the Bible through 36 times as well as other books. He enjoyed Christian music and loved Israel. He was very Patriotic and followed the current news and politics.

He will be missed by those who love and knew him.


Catawba Valley Hamfest

The 19th annual Catawba Valley Hamfest was held Saturday April 18th, 2016 at the Burke County Fair Grounds.  Both Charlotte Regional Skywarn & Piedmont Spotter Group were there setup just outside the main building. Boy, you couldn’t have asked for better weather! We had a great time meeting familiar faces as well as some new ones, and a great time was had. Greg Huffman shook plenty of “paws” and Lee Sossamon signed plenty of autographs (I think Bruce Springsteen was the most popular one requested Hi Hi). We’re looking forward to next year.

Morganton hamfest