Upcoming Event

Oct 21st Meeting at 7:00pm

All members please read the new By-Laws over and see if there are any issues that concern you.
The 2020 By-Laws Draft is located at the top of the left hand column.
Our hope is that we can put this to a vote at this meeting.


Just a reminder the nominating committee is still waiting on your suggestions for who you think would be a great Club Officer. Make your anonymous suggestion to email address nomcom@nf4cq.com . We would like to present a list of choices for you to consider and then vote upon.


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 .

* 2020 By-Laws Draft

2019 Meat & Eat Locations

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Join us at 5:30PM,
October 21, 2019

Let's eat at
Italian Pizzeria and Restaurant
1077 W US Hwy 90, Lake City, FL 32055

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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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* 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   146.940 PL-123.0 (Thu)
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 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, WA4QLA@ARRL.net. 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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Next CARS Meeting

NEXT REGULAR MEETING: Monday, October 21, 2019 7:00 PM Meeting at American Legion Post 57
2602 SW Main Blvd
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Monday, Nov. 25, 7:00 pm
Lake City Baptist Temple
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