Welcome to the Cambridge Amateur Radio Association’s (CARA) website! This is the home of the callsign W8VP. CARA 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.

A Century of Radio Book

centuryofradioCome 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.

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