2023 ELECTED OFFICERS                          

Vice President: AB8P
Secretary: KA8NZS
Treasurer: KD8MSL
                            Program Chair: W8FHF                                       Activities Chair: W8FHF
Newsletter Editor: N8IMW
Trustees: KD8MFC, KA8NZS, WD8SDH


                              2021 APPOINTED POSITION                                          Historian/Archivist/QSL & LoTW Manager: KA8NZS                                   District 9 ADEC: W8FHF                              
                               Guernsey Co. EC: WD8SDH                                                                 Guernsey Co. AECs: KA8NZS                                                             W8VP Call Sign Trustee: K8AL                                                          N8FXL Call Sign Trustee: W8FHF                                                               Webmaster/Social Media:                                                                 Facebook Manager: KE8UIC                                                             

MONTHLY BUSINESS MEETING                          

CARA meets on the last Saturday of the month except May and December at 10 am at the Guernsey County Administration Building located at 627 Wheeling Ave, Cambridge. The public is welcome to attend, no license required!

The GC/ARES meeting also held at the Guernsey County Administration Building is the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. Check calendar for any changes/updates. 


The CARA/Laurel VEC Test Group will be giving free exams at the Guernsey County Administration Building located at 627 Wheeling Ave, Cambridge, following our Monthly Business Meeting at 1PM. You must bring two forms of ID – one must be a photo ID (Drivers License and Social Security card are recommended). If upgrading, you must bring your current license as well as a photocopy of your license. Pre-registration is here to Pre-register A Federal FRN Number And Email Address Is Required Before Taking The Exam, To register, please contact Jim Shaw, AB8P (  



ARRL FIELD DAY EXERCISE On the last weekend in June, CARA members participate in the ARRL Field Day. The goal is to work as many stations as possible and to learn how to operate in less than optimal conditions. It’s not a “blood-and-guts” contest, but we do try and score as many points as we can. ANNUAL PICNIC IN THE PARK CARA members hold an annual picnic at a local area park. We believe in fellowship (and food!), so join us. SIREN

TESTING EXERCISE During Ohio Severe Weather Week, tornado sirens across the state of Ohio sound off as part of coordinated test. On that morning CARA members listen for the siren test at 9:50 AM. The Guernsey County Emergency Coordinator calls up the net on our 2M
repeater. Members report in their location and whether or not the siren was heard. This
information is then forwarded to the local EMA offices.

Several CARA members set up amateur radio station(s) at the local Boy Scout Camp
and help the scouts in camp to get “On-The-Air.” This event occurs the third weekend in

Since the parade’s formation in 1979, CARA members have been assisting the local
parade committee in lining up the entries and providing communications for the parade.
This is CARA’s biggest public service event of the year.

The CARA Holiday Awards Banquet is usually held in a local restaurant. The Ham of
the Year is announced and various awards are presented. Sometimes there is a
presentation of the year in review.

Members participate in Special Event operations at least once a year. CARA has held
special events commemorating Hopalong Cassidy, the John and Annie Glenn Museum
opening, two of the local “S” bridges, four covered bridges, the Big Muskie (large strip
mining bucket operation), the Zane’s Trace, and 100th Anniversary of Scouting. CARA
has also set up special event stations to activate several local “rare” counties during the
Ohio QSO Party. And recently, CARA members have activated several state parks for
the Ohio State Parks on the Air Contest (OSPOTA).

CARA has provided communications for many different parades over the years. It has
also provided communications for Civil War Re-enactments, 5-and-10k runs, bicycle
events such as GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure), and other events as requested.

CARA has participated in this fun training drill. A hidden transmitter a.k.a. the “fox” is
hidden, and the participants must triangulate on the intermittent signal put out by the
“fox” and find its hidden position first.