Posted: September 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

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

Posted: April 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

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

Annual Santa Claus Net

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

December 19th 2015

Piedmont Spotter Group Presents: “The Round Man in the Big Red Suit”

Check ins and Ragchew 18:30-20:50

145.230, 146.940, 224.400 , K4NET-L echolink ALL Linked up for this once a year chance to Chat with the Big Man!

Net Control for the Evening: Greg “W4GCH” Huffman

Bring the Kids, Neighbors,and XYL’s Fun Will be Had by ALL!

We’ve been busy here at the PSG adding more Amateur Radio operators as Net Control Stations. Please welcome aboard:

Joel Lautzenheiser, KI4DKX, Newton, NC

Jeffrey LaBerdia, WX4LAB, Kannapolis, NC

Nick Hefner, KM4AVI, Mt Pleasant, NC

Rodney Moore, W2ROD Harrisburg NC

Some of these stations have been assisting the PSG for several months already, and Jeffrey makes a comeback after a brief break from the action.


Each year, the Piedmont Spotter Group in conjunction with Charlotte Regional Skywarn present a deserving amateur radio operator with the William Martin Award for Excellence.   William Martin (SK) was a huge factor in the formation of the PSG and we honor his legacy with this award.

This year we opened up nominations and received two worthy candidates.  Our membership has voted and the result was a tie! Therefore we will recognize both nominees as the winner of this award for 2015.

Earl Fortner K4KAY, a long time member of the Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society (W4BFB), is a recipient this year. Earl has worked tireless for years as part of the W4BFB repeater committee, as well as being chairman. He has worked hard to keep the repeaters up and working flawless. Earl has been a great elmer to younger amateurs, and has passed down some of his knowledge of radio networks and tricks of the trade to the next generation. Earl is stepping down as chairman from the committee and his knowledge and experience will be hard to replace and someone will have some big shoes to fill.

Earl, thank you for the years of hard work and for all you have done for the Amateur Radio community. It is with great pleasure that we present the 2015 William Martin Award of Excellence to you.

Greg Huffman W4GCH, one of our very own was also nominated and is also a recipient of this prestigious award this year. Greg is always there to help out. Wether calling a PSG net, Skywarn Net, working a hamfest, or other event. He helped work the weather fest event this year at UNCC. At this event, Greg talked to all that stopped by our booth and told them about Amateur Radio and how we helped the weather community by taking and submitting reports. Greg recently accepted a Co-Net Manager position with the PSG and he along with John Crowe (N4LBX) has worked day in and day out managing the net and recruiting new NCO’s. Not too many nets go by that Greg isn’t there checking in and scribing for the NCO. He is a great Ambassador for Amateur Radio, never shy to promote the hobby in a positive light, as well as a representative of the Piedmont Spotter Group, and Charlotte Regional Skywarn.  

Greg, you are a huge asset to our organization, and I am glad you are a part of both PSG and Skywarn. We’re a better organization because of your efforts and hard work.  Thank you for all you do for us. It is my pleasure to present to you the William Martin Award of Excellence for 2015.

On behalf of the Piedmont Spotter Group, congratulations to both of our recipients this year and thank you both for everything you’ve done for Amateur Radio. 

God Bless and 73

Chris Gay, N1CRG

PSG Trustee

Charlotte Skywarn EC

The Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society (MARS) will be offering an Amateur Radio test session in Charlotte on Sept 19th at 09:00. The location is at the St Giles Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 2027 Emerywood Ave. They will be offering Tech, General and Extra Class tests, and the test fee is $10.00 (Cash only). Please bring a photo ID, If you upgrading, bring a copy of your existing ham license as well as the original. More information at

The Cleveland Co Amateur Radio Society (CCARS) will be offering an Amateur Radio test session in Shelby on Sept 10th at their regular meeting, which starts at 19:00. The location is at the Shelby Airport at the Civil Air Patrol building 830 College Blvd, Shelby NC. They will be offering Tech, General and Extra Class tests, and the test fee is $10.00 (Cash only). Please bring a photo ID, If you upgrading, bring a copy of your existing ham license as well as the original. More Information at

The Carolina Amateur Radio Club offers test sessions on Thursday nights, starting at 19:00 at 171 Joshua Ct, Iron Station NC. The only Thursday night they do not offer tests are on their formal business meeting.

Silent Key, KC4YOT Milton Rice

Posted: August 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

With sadness, I would like to pass along the passing of Milton Rice, KC4YOT of Gastonia. Milton was the former EC of Gaston County ARES for many years, as well as a dedicated City of Gastonia employee. He was tragically involved in a motorcycle accident yesterday and succumbed to his injuries.


The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5-7PM at Greens a Funeral Home at 1503 S York Rd, Gastonia 

Funeral will be held on Monday at 2:30PM, also at Greens Funeral Home. Interment to follow the funeral service at Evergreen Cemetery in Belmont 


73 Milton, you’ll be missed.

PSG & Skywarn Staff