Monday, September 23, 2023

Colen Boutwell, WA5RKR, will discuss the use
and design of filters.
Join us at the Clubhouse at 6:00 PM.
We hope to see you there!

Field Day 2023

We've added photos from Field Day 2023!

We also want to thank everyone who participated
with us this year, and we hope you all will join us again.

View FD 2023 Photos

Meet and Eat

Join Us at 5:30,

October 16, 2023

Let's Eat At

Mr. B's BBQ

387 SW St Margarets St, Lake City, FL 32025

Local Frequencies

Freq (Mhz) Offset (Mhz) Tone
Lake City
146.940  -.600  123.0 
145.490  -.600  None
147.180 +6.00 None
147.150  +.600  D-STAR
146.420 Local Simplex
146.520 Nat'l Simplex
442.425 +5.0 DMR CC-6
444.875 +5.0 123.0
444.900 +5.0 110.9
Live Oak
145.270 -.600 123.0
145.410 -.600 100.0
443.700 +5.0 110.9

Additional Frequency Info!

Useful Information

Water Sanitization
by Jerry Padrta KM4ZND

EMP and Solar Flares
by Jerry Padrta KM4ZND

Test Equipment
by Colen Boutwell WA5RKR

by Mike Meador KM4BTW



Latest Lake City, Florida, weather

Click for
Weather Forcast Map

NWS Jax Overview

Tropical Weather Outlook

CARS Officers/Directors/Administrators - 2023

Marcus Perry
352-359-2543 [email protected]
Vice President
Mike Harding
386-249-5173 [email protected]
Colen Boutwell
386-965-9059 [email protected]
Dalton Weatherford
386-292-2279 [email protected]
Jim Taylor
708-715-1536 [email protected]
Richard Heston
386-752-1730 [email protected]
Dalton Weatherford
386-292-2279 [email protected]
Brad Swartz
940-390-7716 [email protected]
Colen Boutwell
386-965-9059 [email protected]

Band Conditions
Net Information


7:00 PM CARS Net 146.940 PL-123.0
8:15 PM High Springs Radio Rangers 145.470 PL-123.0
8:30 PM High Springs Radio Rangers 50.135 USB

7:00 PM Columbia ARES Net 145.490 No PL
7:15 PM Dixie ARES Net 147.390 PL-123.0
7:30 PM Gilchrist ARES Net 147.285 PL-123.0
8:00 PM Alachua ARES Net 146.820 PL-123.0

8:30 PM Suwannee ARES Net 146.550 Simplex
9:00 PM Amateur Radio Newsline 444.875
(Now also on DMR!)

HF Nets

7:00 AM Florida Phone Traffic Net 3940 LSB

8:30 AM North FL ARES 3950 LSB ALT: 7242 LSB

NF4CA - Columbia County ARES

Information and resources pertaining to Columbia County ARES.
Thursday Net at 7:00 PM - 146.940 -.600 PL-123.0


A great Weather website by local ham operator W1APE

Cheap QSL Cards

"With 140 different QSL designs, we have a QSL card to please you and within your QSL price budget. We have the USA's lowest priced QSL cards! Secure online shopping."

American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting to hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources

Emergency Communications

An article about ham radio in emergency operations from Domestic Preparedness. A 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 is located in Lake City, FL
Tuesday Net at 7 PM - 146.940 -0.600 PL-123.0

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. 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.

Suwannee Amateur Radio Club

Located in Live Oak, FL. The Suwannee County ARES/Emergency Preparedness NET is held every Thursday at 8:30PM - 145.410 PL-100.0

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.

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.

Knuckle Draggers Net

Knuckle Draggers Net now starts at 5:15 PM on 7.224 MHz every Thursday
(Early Check-Ins start at 5:00 PM)

Traders Net

0800 Wednesday on 3.910 MHz
0800 Sunday on 3.933 MHz

California - Hawaii 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.


Sun Spots

What the Numbers Mean, and Propagation Predictions--a brief introduction to propagation and the major factors affecting it. From the ARRL

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.

ARRL Frequency Band Chart

Do Not Transmit on any frequency that you do not have privilages for!


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


Learn 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.
Short Video About POTA

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 EST July 1 through 1159 EST July 7

Next CARS Meeting


Monday, October 16, 2023
7:00 PM

Meeting at:

Lake City Baptist Temple
3061 Fl-47
Lake City, FL


Monday, September 23, 2023
7:00 PM

Testing at:

Lake City Baptist Temple

What you MUST bring
Testing is also available on request.


6:00 PM


Sunday, November 12, 2023
2:00 PM
Lake City Baptist Temple


Are you interested in joining The Columbia Amateur Radio Society?

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We are now 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.

Please be sure to include your call-sign.

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