Welcome to the Cambridge Amateur Radio Association's website! This is the home of the callsign W8VP. CARA (Cambridge Amateur Radio Association) was founded in 1913 and has remained in continuous operation except when radio silence was mandated during World War I and II. During the Korean conflict, club members passed messages to servicemen overseas. The club has also mobilized during times of local distress, such as the flood of 1998.

CARA also prides itself in frequent service to local public events. We have provided communications for the Cambridge Holiday Parade every year since 1979. 

Field Day 2016

The Cambridge Amateur Radio Association (CARA) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise in which ham radio operators across North America establish temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create independent communications networks, especially during disasters. CARA will operate its radios under the club’s call sign W8VP.  Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2015.

Scan or click the QR code to see the event on Facebook

Scan or click the QR code to see the event on Facebook

CARA will set up Field Day operations at Highland Township’s The Grove Park Pavilion (Early Bird Drive) behind the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church (Latitude 40.0495168, Longitude -81.7392942; GNIS ID 1069041) on SR 209 and operate June 25-26.

This event is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend.

For more information about Field Day, visit www.arrl.org, or call 740-872-3888.

--From Public Information Officer Lyn Alfman, N8IMW

A Century of Radio Book

We would like to congratulate Evelyn Barton, KA8NZS and the book committee for bringing us an in-depth look back at a century of radio. The club would also like to extend a special thank-you to Bob Ballentine, W8SU for his contributions as well.  

The book can be online ordered via CreateSpace. You may also order a book by contacting Evenlyn, KA8NZS or Beverly, KD8MSL.  

2016 Meetings

GCARES will be meeting at 9am on the last Saturday of the month with the CARA Business meeting starting at 10am. Meetings are still held at the Community Healthlink in Cambridge. Be sure to check the calendar for a complete list of times and locations for events and meetings. 

Please bring your handhelds and ARES folders if you are attending the ARES meeting. We have adopted additional simplex frequencies and will be conducting a training exercise in the near future. We want to help everyone get their radios programmed. Last thing you want to do is be stuck programming your radio the field. 

Waller-McMunn Radio Station Museum - WEBE

Mr. Adair, a local historian has generously volunteered to host the building on his property. Mr. Adair Railroad Empire is located East of Cambridge on US 40. The building remains property of the club.

We were able to, with the help of generous donors and through fundraising events, raise enough money to have the station moved. The building has been repainted and a ramp has been built for better accessibility. 

There is still work to be done to the building but we are glad to preserve a piece of radio history.