News and Upcoming Events

Please pay your 2021 dues

Tuesday's CARS net has returned to the 146.940 repeater.

Field Day 2021

As always Field Day is the last full weekend of June.
Read the updated plan here.

View the planned layout here.
Register Here.

Please join us for a discussion about Field Day

Scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Field Day
Time: Jun 17, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 766 0162 4751
Passcode: 8NXv5S

We will meet this month!
Lake City Baptist Temple, 3061 FL-47, Lake City.

Baptist Temple Map


Our regular website was "hacked" and this is an attempt to get something back on the web.

WEBSITE: We are in need of someone to take over maintaining our web site. If you are interested in helping in this way, please contact one of the officers/directors.

PayPal now available for Dues
Annual Membership Dues – January 1, 2021.

Now accepting cash, check, credit card and online payments.

Now we are able to accept payments and donations anytime - online. PayPal provides
receipts and accurate records. If you prefer, we can email an invoice as a reminder.
As always, cash will be accepted. Annual Dues = $20: Family $25 (2 votes for 2 hams)

Be sure to include your call-sign.
User Info

Meat and Eat Locations

Join us at 5:30PM,
August, 16 2021
Let's eat at
Texas Roadhouse
3039 US-90, Lake City, FL 32055

Contact Us
Send email to:
Join CARS/Pay dues
Member Application

Annual Dues = $20,
Family = $25 (2 votes)
Article IV, Section 1

Past How To's
Henry is here
Club Links
Club Frequencies
Freq (Mhz) Offset (Mhz) Tone
Lake City
146.940  -.600  123.0 
145.490  -.600  none 
147.150  +.600  123.0 
 53.390  -1.00  141.3 
146.420 Local Simplex
146.520 Nat'l Simplex
444.900 +5.0 110.9
Live Oak
145.270 -.600 123.0
145.410 -.600 100.0
443.700 +5.0 110.9
CARS Officers/Directors/Administrators - 2020
Mike Meador
386-776-2355 [email protected]
Vice President
Marcus Perry
352-359-2543 [email protected]
Colen Boutwell
386-965-9059 [email protected]
Gary Whitehead
386-288-3013 [email protected]
Ron Haines
386-963-4204 [email protected]
Brad Swartz
940-390-7716 [email protected]
Melissa Perry
352-514-3820 [email protected]

Richard Heston
386-752-1730 [email protected]
Colen Boutwell
386-965-9059 [email protected]

Band Conditions
Local Tuesday and Thursday Night Nets
7:00pm  CARS net    145.490 no PL
8:15pm  High Springs Radio Rangers  145.470    PL-123.0
7:15pm  Dixie ARES Net  147.390  PL-123.0
7:30pm  Gilchrist ARES Net    147.285  PL-123.0
7:45pm  Columbia ARES Net  146.940 PL-123.0
8:00pm  Alachua ARES Net        146.820    PL-123.0
8:30pm  Suwannee ARES Net      145.410  PL-100.0
A great Weather website by ham operator W1APE

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American Radio Relay Leage (ARRL)
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Emergency Communications
Domestic Preparedness must read!

American Preppers Network
The American Preppers Network (APN) is a non-profit corporation and part of a growing international movement of people who call themselves preppers.

Eham is a Web site dedicated to ham radio (amateur radio).

Ham Universe
Your Ham Radio Universe of fun and information for amateur (ham) radio.

Columbia Amateur Radio Society
CARS amateur radio club located in Lake City, FL - Tuesday Net at 7 pm - 145.490 -.600 no PL

Feld Hell Club
Our club is dedicated to Hellschreiber, or Hell, a unique, HF digital mode for sending and receiving text using facsimile technology in which the characters are not decoded, but "painted" graphically on a screen for the operator to interpret.

High Springs Radio Rangers
Dixie Amateur Radio Club - Tuesday Net at 8:15 pm - 146.520 Simplex and 50.135 MHz at 8:30PM Tuesday
Now we are adding a six-meter SSB simplex net on 50.135 MHz at 8:30PM Tuesday, immediately following the two meter FM net. We chose that frequency because almost all six meter SSB activity is concentrated at the low end of the band and existing antennas are cut for the low end. The net uses horizontal polarization because virtually all installed six meter antennas are horizontally polarized, and a 40 meter dipole is also a 7/2 wave dipole on 6. Anyone with a 40 meter dipole and a relatively new HF rig can work this net! Of course, all else being equal, six meter SSB will have much greater coverage than either two meter FM or SSB. Since an increasing fraction of HF rigs offer six meter coverage, we are hoping to encourage hams to use that capability and participate. We are hoping this longer range net will complement the two meter net and enhance our EMCOM capability. Anyone who wants to install a dedicated six meter antenna should contact me, [email protected]. I’ve been a six meter operator for almost 60 years, and I can show them some effective and inexpensive home-brew alternatives to buying pricey commercial antennas.

The Knights (and Ladies) of the Kilocycle
The Knights (and Ladies) of the Kilocycle is Ham Radio's oldest continous net, meeting every Sunday at 7:30 A.M Eastern time on 3.910 since 1929. Some of the group also meets daily Monday through Saturday also on 3910 calling themselves the "Old Goats" net.

Suwannee Amateur Radio Club
The Suwannee County ARES/Emergency Preparedness NET is held every Thursday at 8:30pm - 145.410 PL-100.0

Knuckle Draggers Net
Knuckle Draggers Net starts at 8PM on 7.215 MHz every Thursday

Traders Net
0800 Wednesday on 3.910 MHz
0800 Sunday on 3.933 MHz

California - Hawii Net
1200 - 1330 on 14.340 MHz

Navy Net
7.245 MHz pre net at 0700 - 0800 net from 0800 - 0900
The navy amateur radio club has been on the air since 3 March 1979, currently 7 days a week, and has 254 active nembers at this time. To be eligible for membership you must have had honorable service in either the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard or Reserve components. Each new member is assigned a membership number which at the present time is 571.
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Page 6 2020 Amateur Radio Communiccations Conference
Page 8 LMARS Outings
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Sun Spots
What the Numbers Mean, and Propagation Predictions--a brief introduction to propagation and the major factors affecting it. From the ARRL

The N3UJJ Amateur (Ham) Radio Web Site covers many topics, from HF to VHF, Software Defined Radios, Digital Modes and Antenna Design and Building.

The Most Effective Ham Radio Statewide Network. I have talked to Eric KJ4YZI on Sarnet, he has several very good video's.

How to fill out QSL Cards
Even if you do not intend on sending out QSLs to stations you work it is a good idea to have them on hand so you can reply to those you receive.

Ham College
AmateurLogic.TV is the first and longest running Internet television program dedicated to Amateur Radio and Technology.

David Casler
I create ham radio training videos as well as videos on other ham radio topics, including technical and operating topics. My goal is to help those new to ham radio progress through the ranks and enjoy the hobby to its fullest.

Wire Gauge Chart
Shows maximum current for wire size

Color Chart
Resistor Color Chart

Communicating with Other Hams - Contact Basics: Good Amateur Practices

Phonetic Alphabet
Learn the Phonetic Alphabet

ARRL Frequency Band Chart
Do Not Transmit on any frequency that you do not have privilages for!

RST System
The R-S-T system is used by amateur radio operators, shortwave listeners, and other radio hobbyists to exchange information about the quality of a radio signal being received

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT, is a worldwide group of Amateur Radio Operators (Hams). It was formed in the District of Columbia in 1969 as an educational organization

How to Track Satellites

Contest Calendar
This site provides detailed information about amateur radio contests throughout the world, including their scheduled dates/times, rules summaries, log submission information and links to the official rules as published by the contest sponsors.

ARRL Contest Rules
The goal of Amateur Radio contesting is to contact as many stations as possible during the contest period. Every contest has Contest Rules

Parks On The Air
Parks on the Air SM (POTA) site for portable amateur radio operations that promote emergency awareness and communications from national and state/province level parks.

POTA YouTube Video
Short video about Parks On The Air

13 Colonies
For you ham radio operators out there that never participate in amateur radio contests you will want to do this one. The 13 Colonies contest is a fun contest held from 0900 hrs. eastern July 1 through 1159. hrs eastern July 7

The ten most common tower mistakes

Station Grounding
Station Grounding for Amateur Radio

NA4RR Hegagonal Beam
6 Band hexagonal beam antenna covering 6, 10, 12, 15, 17, and 20 meter bands The NA4RR broadband hexagonal beam is not a "kit". This is a plug-and-play design that not only fits your budget but is easy to assemble.

1/2 wave dipole, OCF dipole, windom, full wave loop, end fed, inverted L, portable end fed antenna, long wire, SWL antenna, fan dipole, multiband dipole, G5RV

Ham Universe
vertical bazooka antenna

The Wireman
Products for Amateur & Professional Radio Since 1976

DAVIS RF Co., Davis Associates, Inc., and its affiliate, Orion Wire Corporation provide electronic and electrical wire, cable, RF connectors, DSP audio filters, rope, non-conductive guy cables for aerial or tower support; plus sundry aerial related parts. Davis RF also furnishes wire and cable design and end product for almost any form of specialty cable or custom application. Our services are providing high quality products for numerous industries and interests such as the government, military, avionics, oceanographic, robotics, medical, marine, automotive, microwave, and the amateur radio hobby. Our company philosophy supports a high level of quality products and exceptionally attractive pricing.

9913F Coax
BELDEN 9913F Detailed Specifications & Technical Data

LMR-400 Coax
LMR-400 Detailed Specifications & Technical Data

Palomar Engineers
Palomar Engineers provides ferrite and iron power core products for radio communication and (RFI/EMI) interference suppression from 100 Khz to 1000 Mhz.

Ham Equipment
QRZ Call Sign Lookup
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QTH Swap
Buy, sell, trade HF and VHF equipment, towers, antennas ...Free Ham Radio Classified Ads

Radio Gear, Computer Gear, Treasure Hunting, Maker Supplies, Emergency Prep, etc.

Next CARS Meeting
NEXT REGULAR MEETING: Monday, August 16, 2021 7:00 PM
Meeting at Lake City Baptist Temple
3061 Fl-47
click for map

Monday, September 27, 7:00 pm
Lake City Baptist Temple
click for map Testing is also available on request.
Click for What you MUST bring.

Sunday, August 15 at
Lake City Baptist Temple 2:30pm