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

Posted: November 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

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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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