Welcome to the Cambridge Amateur Radio Association’s new website, the home of W8VP! CARA was founded in 1913 and has remained in continuous operation except when radio silence was mandated by the government 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. Since 1979, we have provided communications for the Cambridge Holiday Parade.
A Century of Radio Book
Come along for a look back to the beginning of wireless communications in Guernsey County from spark gap transmitters to today’s solid state all-mode transceivers. The book follows the journey of CARA members through the years along with photos of events, members, and their QSL cards.
We would like to congratulate Evelyn Barton, KA8NZS and the book committee for bringing us an in-depth look back at the 100 years of CARA. 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 Evelyn, KA8NZS or Beverly, KD8MSL.
Please note that the September business meeting will be held at St John’s Episcopal Church (map) at 10am on Sept 24th. There won’t be a GCARES meeting this month.
GCARES will be meeting at 9 am on the last Saturday of the month with the CARA Business meeting starting at 10 am. Meetings are held Community Healthlink in Cambridge (except when noted otherwise). 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. The 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’s Railroad Empire is located just East of Cambridge on US 40. The building remains the ownership 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. Since then, the building was repainted, and a ramp has been built for better accessibility.
There’s still work to be done to the building, but we are glad to preserve a piece of radio history.