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Meeting Announcement - Columbia Amateur Radio Society, Lake City, Florida

October 16th CARS Meeting - Guest speaker:
Rick Palm K1CE
Contributing Editor, QST magazine.

Rick will talk about working for ARRL HQ in Newington, CT back in the 80s and 90s, public service ARES issues and the storms.

Rick worked at the ARRL headquarters as Membership Services Manager and then Field Services Manager from 1979 - 1999. In addition to working as an RN at the county hospital in Daytona Beach, he is the Public Service columnist for QST magazine. He has a love for DXing on the HF bands! And nets too, traffic handling and ARES. Cave Diving at the Springs is also at the top of his favorites.  College: University of Massachusetts. Daytona State College, Nursing.

Join us on the 16th!


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 - Click the link to send an email* to  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 -  Click the link to send an email* to   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

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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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Officers - 2017

Vice President Homer Edmonds KE5NDY 386-397-2309
Treasurer Colen Boutwell WA5RKR 386-965-9059
Secretary Jon Lash KM4EON 386-752-0987
Director Ron Austin KK4HGY 386-688-4057
Director Ron Jarrell KD4VJF 386-497-1360
Director Jon Beaver KD4AMP 386-590-0764
WebMaster Ron Austin KK4HGY 386-688-4057
Training/PIO Richard Heston KE4BQI 386-984-0077
VE-Chief Colen Boutwell WA5RKR 386-965-9059

Band Conditions

Thursday night nets

7:00pm  FLdigi net  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
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 MEETING: Monday, Oct 16
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2602 SW Main Blvd
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