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

Our thanks to Rick Palm K1CE - Guest speaker:
Contributing Editor, QST magazine.

Twenty-one members and visitors were present for Rick Palm’s talk of the two decades working for ARRL. He worked with some of the amateur radio icons – Dick Baldwin W1RU, Dave Sumner K1ZZ, Perry Williams W1UED, George Hart W!MJF, Harry Dannals W2HD, John Huntoon W1RW and F. E. Handy W1BDI.

He talked about ARES and CERT – encouraging us to get active formally and on a neighborhood level. Even if neighbors aren’t hams, coordinate with them to check on each other, take classes for first aid and CPR.  He talked briefly about the November article in QST about getting safe water during emergencies.

Rick was very interested in Efrain’s-KP3CW update and experiences the past couple weeks as Efrain went to his home in Puerto Rico 2 days after hurricane Irma hit.

A lot of questions from the floor –
Again, many thanks, Rick.


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 .

October 16 Meat & Eat Location

Where to this month? Cedar River Seafood??
Join us at 5:30PM, October 16, 2017
1592 Us 90 West, 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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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 MEETING: Monday, Oct 16
7:00 PM Business Meeting at American Legion Post 57
2602 SW Main Blvd
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