How To

Coming at the August 19th meeting

How to - by Mike Meador - Building Antennas

Caterpillar 3616 diesel generator
6 Meter Dipole

<< Don't Forget >>
Homer has generously donated a leather “Call Sign”, nameplate to help the 50-50 drawing

Coming at the Oct 21st meeting

How To - by Ted-KN4ODP - FT-8 training

Meeting Announcement!

Meeting - Monday - the 19th at 7pm

Join the NF4CQ net - every Tuesday at 7PM!!!!


Welcome to the Columbia Amateur Radio Society (CARS) website!
Join now to have full access

   To join the CARS club or to be a website member and  *HELP FIGHT SPAM*  please enter one of the following email addresses into the "TO" box of a new email on your computer, DO NOT COPY AND PASTE!

  In your email please include your name, phone number, email address, the reason you want to join and if you have them your call sign & license class.  In the subject line please state I WANT TO JOIN THE WEBSITE or I WANT TO JOIN THE CLUB.  (By joining the CLUB, you automatically join the website)

There are 3 levels of participation in CARS.

1. GUEST - Feel free to browse our website, click on all the links to the ham related info we have on the page.  You can also check out our upcoming events by clicking on the CALENDAR link (above), check out our PHOTO gallery and click the FORUMS tab to see what is posted there. , but you can not post, see the shoutbox or member list.

2. WEBSITE MEMBER ONLY - Use this email address to request a logon: .  You will become a CARS website member and will be emailed a user name and password.  You can then log on to the website and post in the forums and shout box.

3. CARS MEMBER -  Use this email to join the CARS club: .   You will become a CARS website member and be emailed a user name and password. Once you pay your dues you will be granted full status and can vote in the CARS meetings and be granted full access to the site.

*Currently the Dues are only $20.00/yr for a single member or $25.00 for a family membership and cover Jan 1 - Dec 31.  If you join on or after July 1st, the dues are $10.00 for single membership and $12.50 for a family membership for the remainder of the year.

If you have any questions you can send an email to .

NOTE:  If you send a request to join the cars website or to become a CARS member and do not get a reply within one day, please email me at .

2019 Meat & Eat Locations

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Join us at 5:30PM,
August 19, 2019

Let's eat at
Sakura Chinese Buffet
2469 W US Hwy 90 #148, Lake City, FL 32055
Inside Gleason (Lake City) Mall

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How To

PowerPole Connectors

Youtube Links
Grounding a Tower
Old Band Plan but Informative

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* Club Links

Club Info
Club Bylaws

* CARS 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 
147.420 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

* News

Google HAM News
Local News/Info

* CARS Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors.
American Legion Post 57

Band Conditions

Thursday (and Tuesday) night nets

7:00pm  CARS net (Tuesday)  145.490 no PL
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   146.940PL-123.0
8:00pm  Alachua ARES Net        146.820   PL-123.0
8:15pm  High Springs Radio Rangers  146.520   Simplex (Tue)
8:30pm  Suwannee ARES Net      145.410  PL-100.0

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

High Springs Radio Rangers
Dixie Amateur Radio Club - Tuesday Net at 8:15 pm - 146.520 Simplex

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

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Ham College
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Contest Calendar
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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 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

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Learn the Phonetic Alphabet

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

American Radio Relay Leage (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 ...

ARRL Frequency Band Chart
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Emergency Communications
Domestic Preparedness must read!

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

Ham Universe
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NA4RR Hegagonal Beam
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9913F Coax
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LMR-400 Coax
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Palomar Engineers
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Next CARS Meeting

NEXT REGULAR MEETING: Monday, August 19, 2019 7:00 PM Meeting at American Legion Post 57
2602 SW Main Blvd
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Monday, Sept. 23, 7:00 pm
Lake City Baptist Temple
click for map Testing is also available on request.
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Sunday, Sept 15 at
Lake City Library 2:00pm -- lunch 12:30 at Hardy's

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