Established in 1980, the Piedmont Chapter 126 of the Quarter Century Wireless Association promotes fellowship among QCWA members in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. This is the middle of the state; most of our members live in the area between Interstate Highways 77 and 95 and down the Interstate 85 corridor. Any current member of the National QCWA organization is eligible to join the Chapter.
The chapter meets on Saturdays four times a year (March, June, September and December) in different towns in the Piedmont. Meetings start with socializing, followed by a nice lunch and an interesting program. Family and friends are welcome to attend.
Pictures from the December 4, 2010 meeting in Lexington.
Pictures from the March 19, 2011 meeting in Clayton.
Pictures from the June 9, 2012 meeting in Denton.
Pictures from the June 8, 2013 meeting in Denton.
The next Chapter 126 meeting will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Yarborough's Restaurant, 321 Marco Blvd, Lexington, NC 27295. Telephone (336) 956-7781. Web: http://www.yarboroughsrestaurant.com All members and guests are welcome.
Directions: The web site http://www.yarboroughsrestaurant.com has a link for a map and directions available.
From the South: take Interstate 85 North then follow the split at Exit 87 to Rt. 52 North. From there take Exit #85, Green Needle Road. Turn left/west onto Green Needle Road; cross over Rt. 52, go a few hundred feet then turn right onto Marco Blvd (the service road). Go 0.2 miles north to the restaurant.
From the Northwest: take Rt. 52/I-85 Bus. South to the Green Needle Road Exit. Go west to Marco Blvd (service road) and turn right to the restaurant.
From the Northeast: take I-85 South and bear right on Exit 88, Hargrove Road. After 0.4 miles turn right onto Bus I-85 N/Rt. 52 North. Stay on Bus I-85/Rt. 52 North 0.6 miles and take Exit #85, Green Needle Road. Turn left/west onto Green Needle Road; cross over Rt. 52, go a few hundred feet then turn right onto Marco Blvd (the service road). Go 0.2 miles north to the restaurant.
When: Plan to arrive at 11:30 AM to socialize, dinner at 12:00 Noon then business and program at about 12:45 PM. Board members are requested to arrive at 11:00 AM.
Program: The program will be by Ray Rising, K4LWJ of Waxhaw. His presentation will be "QRX for 810 Days." There will be great door prizes and 2014 Chapter Officers will be nominated and elected.
The March 2014 Chapter 126 meeting will be held at McCall's Bar-B-Que & Seafood in Clayton, NC (http:/www.mccallsbbq.com). More details will follow when they become available.
The Chapter has a weekly net; 3826 kHz at 8:45 AM each Saturday. This is conducted "round-table style" and is open to all. We also have an e-mail reflector (for Chapter members only).
The Chapter 126 Weekly Net Suggested Preamble, created by George McBride, W4DGJ (SK), is available in PDF format here.
The Chapter is open to members in good standing of the National QCWA organization. The National QCWA organization is open to Amateur Radio Operators who were first licensed at least 25 years ago and are currently licensed (you do not need to have been continuously licensed). National dues are $25 per year (effective April 1, 2007) and entitle you to receive the QCWA Journal online.
Chapter 126 Dues are only $7 per year. Life membership is also available, lifetime dues are $70.00. A printable application for membership is available online.
People often ask, "Why Join QCWA?" Some reasons illustrated by National QCWA Past President, Leland Smith, W5KL:
"QCWA membership often appeals to amateurs who want to be identified with and associate with some of the best known, respected, proficient and dedicated amateurs in the world. The knowledge that so many well-known amateurs have joined together in this unique non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the best interests of all amateurs, for now and posterity, appeals to many."
"There are other reasons for joining QCWA. Membership in QCWA is for those amateurs who truly enjoy the hobby, who appreciate the effect it has had on their lives, and who want to share their experiences and talents with others for the good of amateur radio."
Contact the Chapter President:Chuck Littlewood, K4HF