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2019 FIELD DAY, June 22-23, LC Mall - Lowes


I am happy to announce that CARS has made an arrangement with Colen Boutwell,
WA5RKR for the continued use of his mobile ham shack.

Click for a link to the ARRL site with other Field Day participants.

And here to "WHAT IS FIELD DAY?"

And here is the complete packet."

Bus Improvements

clean bus
photo by Jim Hodges

We had a good turn out for the annual bus wash with ten members in attendance: Colen Boutwell, Jackie Stewart, Jim Hodges, Jon Lash, Mary Austin, Michael Baisch, Mike Meador, Paul Brandt, Steve Poll and yours truly, Ron Austin.

Steve Poll & Jon Lash finished the mounts for the antenna masts.

The area I cleaned is circled in red. Everything else was cleaned by Jim, Paul, Michael and Jackie.

Steve Poll was instrumental in getting a lot of unnecessary items removed from inside the bus with the help of Colen, Jackie, Mary and myself.

Big thanks to Mike Meador for donating the 3 ton air conditioner.  Jim Hodges carried the 150 pound AC unit up the stairs and into the bus and from hence forth he shall be called "Hercules".


Welcome to the Columbia Amateur Radio Society (CARS) website!

As a guest of this site, feel free to browse the site and 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 tab (above) and check out our PHOTO gallery as well.  You can also click the FORUMS tab and see what is posted there.

There are 3 levels of participation in CARS.
1. GUEST - Feel free to browse our website, but you can not post or see the shoutbox or member list.

2. WEBSITE MEMBER - Use this email address to request a logon*: .  You will become a CARS website member and 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 CARS club: .   You will become a CARS website member and 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.

In your email please include your name, phone number, email address, call sign & license class (if you have them) and the reason you want to join.  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)

**Currently the Dues are $20.00/yr and cover Jan 1 - Dec 31.  If you join on or after July 1st, the dues are $10.00 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,
June 17, 2019
Texas Roadhouse
3039 Hwy. 90 West
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* 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

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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
8:00pm  Gary's High Springs Net  146.520   Simplex
8:30pm  Suwannee ARES Net      145.410  PL-100.0

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Next CARS Meeting

NEXT REGULAR MEETING: Monday, June 17, 2019 7:00 PM Meeting at American Legion Post 57
2602 SW Main Blvd
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Monday, July 22, 7:00 pm
Lake City Baptist Temple
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