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CARS Annual Christmas Party (Updated!)  12/9/2004

By: Tom Dye -- AB4EZ - Monday, October 25, 2004

CARS will hold their annual Christmas Party December 9th 2004.  The event will start at 7:30PM.  Spouses and kids are welcome!!

The location is the Long Center (UPARC Cafeteria) on Belcher across from the Fire Training Facility.  

This year, we will again be sponsoring a Chili Contest, so bring a pot of your secret recipe.  CARS will also have a Turkey and a Ham for those with tender stomachs.  

Please plan to bring a covered dish to supplement the Chili, Turkey and Ham.  John Townsley -- AE4GB will be coordinating the list of what's needed and who is committed to bring what.  More info will be posted here and to the remailer soon.


More Events...


Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014
March Meeting - Special Guest: George Cretekos, Mayor of Clearwater  3/13/2014



Come join us on 3/13 at 7:30pm as we welcome Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos.  As part of our ongoing 60th Anniversary celebration, we have invited the Mayor to join us and he has graciously accepted.  Click the Meeting info link on the left for more info.

Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014
February Meeting - Celebrating 100 Years of the ARRL and 60 Years as an Affiliated Club  2/13/2014



This month's program will be about the ARRL celebrating 100 years and CARS celebrating 60 years as an ARRL affiliated club.  We will be joined by special guest Dee Turner (N4GD) - ARRL Section Manager of West Central Florida.  All are invited to join us 2/13 at 7:30pm.  Click the meeting info link on the left for more info.



Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Orlando Hamcation - ARRL 100 Years  2/7/2014



Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013
October Meeting - Special Guest: WTSP Chief Meteorologist Jim Van Fleet  10/10/2013
Jim Van Fleet will be our special guest on October 10th. Come join us for this special program. Here is Jim's bio from WTSP.com: Chief Meteorologist Jim Van Fleet joined 10 News December 1, 2011 and while he may be new to the Tampa/St. Pete viewers, he is a veteran Central Florida Forecaster. For the past 10 years Jim has been the Weekday Morning Meteorologist for FOX 35 News - WOFL Orlando, Florida from 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Through the last decade Jim has been right next door to Tampa forecasting major weather events such as the Groundhog Day Tornadoes and the Hurricanes of 2004. That year Jim became known in Central Florida for calling the eastward turn of Hurricane Charley on live television before the National Hurricane Center made adjustments to Charley's path, which was headed for Tampa Bay. Jim's has also forecasted weather for three stations in Texas: WFAA and Texas Cable News in Dallas, KXXV in Waco and KVII in Amarillo. Jim got his start in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma as a weather producer/storm chaser at KOTV before moving to KSWO in Lawton/Wichita Falls. Jim has had his "Television Seal of Approval" since 1998 and is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Jim's education in Meteorology extends through several universities including Baylor University, Cameron University, and Tulsa Junior College. Jim finished his studies through the Mississippi State University Broadcast Meteorology program. Jim is also an accomplished Country Music Artist. His band, "Jim Van Fleet and the Reign" is a regionally touring act and has played many Tampa area festivals like the Gulf Coast Rhythm & Rib Festival where he opened up for the legendary Charlie Daniels Band. He has also played the Hudson Seafood Festival and at the "Dallas Bull" club in Tampa. Jim has three full length CD's and has shared the stage or toured with the likes of Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Sugarland, Hank Williams Jr., Jason Aldean, LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Dwight Yoakam, Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson. For more information on Jim's musical career and to find out where you can catch the next concert, go to www.jimvanfleet.co. His career also includes Chief Meteorologist for 2 years at KXXV in Waco, Temple, Killeen, and also Weekend Meteorologist at KVII in Amarillo, Texas also for a couple of years. The early days of his career found him as the Weekend Meteorologist at KSWO - Lawton/Wichita Falls, and his first TV Weather job came in his hometown as a Weather Producer/Storm Chaser for KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Weather and Music are equal passions for Jim and it was at his own 4th of July concert in Leesburg, Florida in 2010 when the two came together. A woman unknown to Jim came up and after the show and asked him for a hug, and he could tell she was very emotional. He asked her if she was okay and if there was anything he could do for her. That's when she told Jim with her lip quivering, "no, no Jim...you have already done for me, and today I came to do something for you. My family lived in the subdivision that got leveled in the middle of the night "Groundhog Day" tornado. We woke up to your Tornado Warnings on the TV at 3:45am telling us to get in to shelter....we lived.....we had neighbors that died, and I just came to say thank you." Just as soon as she said that, she walked away and disappeared into the crowd. He never got her name and to this day doesn't know who she is. You will likely catch him very soon singing the National Anthem at your favorite Tampa Bay event. He has already performed the Star Spangled Banner for the Atlanta Braves numerous times, as well as the Orlando Predators, and the largest crowd Jim has ever sang for (an estimated 70,000 people) was at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando for you guessed it... the Monster Truck Show! Lastly Jim wanted to let you know he greatly appreciates you for being interested enough to want to get to know a little about him, and truely hopes you will choose 10 News anytime you would like to know what to expect in the forecast. Whether it's just "what does my weekend look like" to "just where exactly is that Hurricane going" Chief Meteorologist Jim Van Fleet has the answers to your weather questions in an accurate and easy to understand forecast every single day.

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013
July Meeting Special Program - Ham Radio Deluxe  7/11/2013



This Thursday we will have a special program presented by the fine folks at Ham Radio Deluxe Software. All are invited, and bring a friend.

Thursday, July 11th, 2013 @ 7:30pm
Clearwater Fire Training Facility
1716 N Belcher Rd
Clearwater


Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
2013 ARRL Field Day  6/22/2013



Field Day is just around the corner.  This year's Field Day will take place the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd.  CARS will set up at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility as we have done the past few years.  If you are intersted in participating, please email Craig - KJ4BYK.



Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Bike MS: The Citrus Tour  4/20/2013
April 20-21, 2013
Bok Tower Garden - 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, FL 33853 to
Caribe Royale Resort - 8101 World Center Dr., Orlando, FL 32821
Looking for 60 plus volunteer HAMs from all over FL to assist with event communications.
Contact Jason Triolo – KD4ACG - jason604@verizon.net

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Walk MS Pinellas/Largo  3/16/2013
Address: 101 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL (Largo Park)
Site Opens: 8am-12pm
Opening Ceremony: 9:00 am
Need 4 plus operators for event communications.
This will be a joint effort with Pinellas County ARES taking the lead.
Contact Kevin Poorman – KV4CT – kv4ct@carshamradio.org


Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Viva Florida QSO Party  2/23/2013
The Gainesville Amateur Radio Society would like to invite you to join us for a special Radio QSO Party on Feb. 23,2013.



Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Southwest Florida Hamfest & So. Florida Sect.Convention  1/19/2013
Will be happening on Saturday, January 19th, 2013, 8AM to 3PM at the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy.  4312 Michigan Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905.  Click here for a flyer and map.

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
October Meeting - Presentation on Echolink and IRLP by Chris Schwab, N4BSA  10/11/2012



Please join us this Thursday at 7:30pm for our October meeting.  Chris Schwab, N4BSA will be giving a presentation on Echolink and IRLP.  Click here for more details about our meeting location,

Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012
September Meeting Special Guest: Jim Veatch, WA2EUJ  9/13/2012




ARRL Homebrew Contest III

Jim Veatch, WA2EUJ

Jim Veatch, WA2EUJ, is no stranger to this competition, having been a winner in both the first and second ARRL Homebrew Challenge. His current entry is a compact competent transceiver that covers 12 meters, as well as 10 and 6 in a professional looking package that offers features well beyond the requirements. Jim made his DSP-610 for a total parts cost of $198.30. This remarkable radio is a dual conversion, downconverting superhet design that uses the latest digital signal processing technology from the second IF on. Bandwidth is selectable in eight steps from 0.4 kHz to 2.4 kHz, and tuning is via a DDS synthesizer designed for low phase noise.

 

ARRL Homebrew Contest II

Jim Veatch, WA2EUJ - 2nd

Linear amplifier designed to boost the 5 W, 40 meter output from the transceiver from

the first Homebrew Challenge up to the 50 W level ($48)

 

ARRL Homebrew Contest I

Jim Veatch, WA2EUJ

TAK-40 SSB CW transceiver (<$50)

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2012
CARS 2012 Field Day Operations  6/23/2012
CARS will be participating in ARRL Field Day on June 23rd and 24th.  We will begin setting up at 8am on Saturday at the Clearwater Fire Training Academy.  We will use the club call (WE4TT) for this event.  The plan is to have at least 2 stations going constantly for the duration of the event, one phone and one digital.  We can also set up a CW station for those who may like code.  We have reserved our normal meeting room for the entire weekend.  Please contact the Field Day Coordinator at kj4byk@carshamradio.org if you plan to attend. 




Posted: Friday, May 04, 2012
June Meeting Special Program - Wayne Shattuck, Meteorologist from ABC Ch. 28 Tampa  6/14/2012
Wayne Shattuck will be our special guest speaker at our June meeting.  Wayne will make a presentation on weather and will be open to any questions you may have related to meteorology.  Click the title of this story to see Waynes full bio.



Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
May Meeting to Feature Special Guest  5/10/2012

Our program for the May meeting will be a presentation by Tom Stiles discussing the production of the features for his YouTube amateur radio product reviews channel and the process of putting something on YouTube.  Hope to see you all there.



Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011
2011 Tampa Bay Hamfest  12/3/2011


December 3rd and 4th at the Manatee Civic Center
One Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221

Click here for info and tickets.

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011
Tampa Bay Hamfest December 3rd & 4th, 2011  12/3/2011
The Tampa Bay Hamfest is the largest amateur radio trade show on Florida's west coast. The Manatee Civic Center has numerous amenities including premium meeting facility space, a large exhibit hall, and paved parking.  The Manatee Civic Center is in Palmetto, which in located in the south Tampa Bay Area - about halfway between downtown St. Petersburg and downtown Sarasota.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011
HAM Volunteers Needed for ALS Bike Ride in Pinellas!  11/5/2011



Attention All Amateur Radio Operators in Pinellas County:

The Ride to Defeat ALS has requested Amateur Radio support for their upcoming Bike ride on November 5, 2011. The Clearwater Amateur Radio Society along with Pinellas County ARES/ACS are looking for volunteers to work this event.  There will be 3 rides, a 5-Mile Family Fun Ride, a 25-Mile Challenge ride, and a 62-Mile Metric Century ride.

Who: ALL Amateur Radio Operators (A minimum of 14 operators needed)
What: Ride to defeat ALS
When: November 5, 2011 Starting at 8:30AM, Hams assemble at 7:00
Where: Ride begins at Walsingham Park in Largo, FL and traverses the county from North to South.
Why: To sharpen our skills during Net Operations and to assist the ALS group in providing safety for the participants.

To Volunteer please contact :
Neil Lauritsen W4NHL at w4nhl.1@gmail.com ARES/ACS
Mike Branda K4HN at k4hn@carshamradio.org CARS
Kevin Poorman at kevin.poorman@verizon.net ARES/ACS PIO

For more information on the event please visit: www.ridetodefeatals.org

So check your calendars, dust off your equipment and join us in working the Ride to Defeat ALS!



Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
August Meeting Special Program - Buddy Morgan WB4OMG - D-Star  8/11/2011
Buddy Morgan (WB4OMG) will join us for our August meeting and present a program about D-Star.  This program is focused on the basics and is intended for those that have never used D-Star or just need a refresher.  We hope to see everyone come out for this special program.


Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011
April Meeting Special Program - Drew Glasbrenner from AMSAT  4/14/2011
Drew Glasbrenner will be back to make a presentation on the ARISSat1 satellite and may attempt a demonstration of working a passing satellite (conditions permitting).  Drew is a Board Member of AMSAT and can probably answer any question you have about amateur satellites.
 

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011
March Meeting - Special Program on Digital Modes & Contesting by Jason Triolo - KD4ACG  3/10/2011
CARS member Jason Triolo - KD4ACG will be presenting a program on Digital Modes and Contesting at the March meeting.  Jason is full of knowledge and is always willing to help those in need.  Don't be bashful, bring your list of questions. 



Posted: Tuesday, February 08, 2011
February CARS Meeting Special Program This Thursday  2/10/2011
Neil Lauritsen (W4NHL) will be giving a demo and a update on Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS).  To learn more about APRS, visit these websites:

Wiki Article
APRS.org


Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Winter Field Day - Eagle Lake Park  1/29/2011
CARS will be participating in Winter Field Day this Saturday.  We will be setting up at Shelter #4 in Eagle Lake Park.  Set up will begin at approx. 9am and we will begin operating at 12 noon.  We plan to operate until the park closes on Saturday. 

Eagle Lake Park is located at 1800 Keene Rd, Largo, FL 33771.

We have several antennas, 1 push up pole, coax, extension cords, and at least 1 radio.

We need more coax, extension cords, radios, and push up poles.  Bring whatever you can, the more the merrier.  More equipment means more stations and more opportunities to operate.

Stay tuned to this article for updates.

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011
Meeting Tonight!  1/13/2011
The Clearwater Amateur Radio Society monthly meeting is TONIGHT at the Clearwater Fire Training Academy on Belcher Road in Clearwater.

Our meeting starts at 7:30pm, and everyone is invited.

Talkin will be on the CARS repeater system, starting approximately 7pm.

73, and See you there!

Posted: Friday, November 05, 2010
CARS Holiday Party & 10 Meter Contest  12/11/2010
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Come join us on Saturday December 11th at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility as we attempt to participate in the 10 meter contest and celebrate the holiday season with your fellow members.  I say attempt the contest because 10 meters has been horrible the last few years during this contest.  Setup will begin at 8am for the contest and the holiday party will commence around noon.  We should wrap everything up around 3pm.  The club will provide two main meat dishes and the rest will be pot-luck.  Please RSVP to kj4byk@carshamradio.org, please include number of attendees and what you plan to bring.  Family welcomed.     

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010
Annual Meeting - Elections  11/4/2010
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November 4th. is our annual meeting and election day.  If you are an eligible member and you would like to volunteer to be a member of the elections committee, please send an email to the Board.  If you would like to be nominated for a position on the Board, please make this known to the elections committee once one has been set up.

Posted: Monday, July 05, 2010
CARS August Meeting Special Guest - Tammie Souza (Confirmed)  8/12/2010
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CARS is scheduled to host a special guest speaker at our August meeting.  Tammie Souza - Chief Meteorologist at Channel 10 WTSP will join us to discuss her job and answer any questions you may have regarding the weather.
 

Posted: Monday, July 05, 2010
CARS July Meeting  7/8/2010
Come join us at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility this Thursday at 7:30pm.  We will be discussing club business and possible participation in the BSA 2010 Jamboree.  Click here for more meeting info.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010
Register for CARS 2010 Field Day! 

Click here to go to the registration form.



Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010
June Meeting: Field Day 2010 Prep  6/10/2010

Please join us for our June "Field Day Prep" meeting on Thursday, June 10th at the Clearwater Fire Department Training Academy.



Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010
CARS Field Day 2010 - June 26th & 27th 
The 2010 ARRL Field Day will be held on June 26 & 27.  This year, CARS will be operating the WE4TT Field Day Stations from the Clearwater Fire Department Training Academy (1716 N. Belcher Road - same place we normally meet).  No matter what your operating skills, from beginner to expert, the CARS Board encourages you to participate and be part of the CARS Field Day Team.


Posted: Sunday, April 04, 2010
Special Guest Speaker for CARS May Meeting  5/13/2010
Bruce Buckingham with NASA will be the special guest speaker at our May 13th monthly meeting.


Posted: Sunday, April 04, 2010
CARS Night at the Ball Park  4/16/2010
The Clearwater Amateur Radio Society's Baseball Night is fast approaching!
         VS.       

Posted: Sunday, April 04, 2010
Special Guest Speaker at This Month's CARS Meeting  4/8/2010
Our special guest speaker at our April 8th meeting will be Tom Crowley, President of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers.  Tom will speak about what his group does and Amateur Radio as it relates to astronomy.  I hope to see you all there.
 

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Field Day 2009  6/27/2009
Field Day is here! Join CARS and East Lake CERT for regular Field Day activities and help support East Lake CERT in an emergency preparedness exercise.

Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2009
CARS Meeting Tonight!  4/9/2009
Please remember to attend this month's CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:00PM.  Note this is a change from the normal start time, due to tonight's SKYWARN training.

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2009
CARS Sponsors NWS SKYWARN Class  4/9/2009
The Clearwater Amateur Radio Society is pleased to announce the National Weather Service will conduct an official SKYWARN Training Class on Thursday, April 9, 2009 as part of the CARS Monthly Meeting.  The training session will be presented by Warning Coordination Meteorologist Dan Noah at the Clearwater Fire Department Training Academy, 1716 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater,  beginning at 7:00 PM.


Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2009
CARS Meeting Tonight!  3/12/2009
Please remember to attend this month's CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
CARS to Provide Support for Clearwater Ciclovia Event  3/1/2009
On March 1st, CARS will provide communications support for the Clearwater Ciclovia event.  

Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2009
CARS Meeting Tonight!  2/12/2009
Please remember to attend this month's CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Saturday, January 03, 2009
Winter Field Day 2009  1/24/2009
Imagine Field Day without the heat, humidity, thunderstorms and bugs.  
Tailor made for Florida Hams!
CQ Winter Field Day…  CQ Winter Field Day…
K4JMH, 5A 59, temp is 72F and sunny…  Back to you…


Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2008
ARRL10 Meter Contest & CARS Holiday Lunch  12/13/2008
Instead of the traditional Thursday night gathering, the club voted to party at the beach this year!

Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2008
January Meeting 
The January meeting will feature a special program on the looming DTV conversion.

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2008
University of Scouting/JOTA  10/18/2008
CARS has been asked to participate in the 2008 University of Scouting and to field a JOTA station for the Scouts.

Posted: Monday, May 19, 2008
CARS Field Day Palooza 2008  6/28/2008
CARS Field Day Palooza 2008 is fast approaching!

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2008
Troop 135 Scout Triathlon  5/17/2008
CARS has been asked to do comms for a Scout triathlon in Clearwater.

Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2008
Annual NI4CE Picnic  5/10/2008
As a founder of the West Central Florida Group, CARS will participate in the NI4CE Annual Picnic again this year.

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2008
Merit Badge University -- WCF Boy Scouts  4/26/2008
CARS will be counseling for the Radio Merit badge for the 4th year running.

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Winter Field Day 2008  1/26/2008
Imagine Field Day without the heat, humidity, thunderstorms and bugs.  
Tailor made for Florida Hams!
CQ Winter Field Day…  CQ Winter Field Day…
K4JMH, 5A 59, temp is 78F and we’re on the beach…  Back to you…


Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2007
CARS Popular Annual Christmas Party  12/14/2007
CARS Annual Christmas Party will be held December 14th this year.

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2007
CARS Field Day Palooza 2007  6/23/2007
It's that time again...

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2007
CARS Meeting Tonight!  6/14/2007
Please remember to attend this month's CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2007
CARS Meeting Tonight!  5/10/2007
Please remember to attend this month's CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.  Traditionally, this meeting is the Field Day planning session.

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2007
BSA Merit Badge University  4/28/2007
How were you introduced to Ham Radio?  Maybe it was by earning the Radio Merit Badge as a Boy Scout?

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2007
CARS Meeting Tonight!  4/12/2007
Please remember to attend this month's CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2007
Chester's Free Tailgate  3/10/2007
Chester's Free Tailgate is hosted by CARS this Saturday.

Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2007
Chester's Free Tailgate  3/10/2007
Chester's Free Tailgate is hosted by CARS this Saturday.

Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2007
CARS Meeting Tonight!  3/8/2007
Please remember to attend this month's CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2007
CARS Meeting Tonight!  2/8/2007
Please remember to attend this month's CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.


Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2007
Winter Field Day  1/13/2007
Imagine Field Day without the heat, humidity, thunderstorms and bugs.  Tailor made for Florida Hams!

CQ Winter Field Day…  CQ Winter Field Day…

WF4BZF, 5A 59, temp is 78F and we’re on the beach…  Back to you…


Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2007
CARS Meeting Tonight!  1/11/2007
Please remember to attend this month's CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2006
CARS Annual Christmas Party Tonight!  12/14/2006
Please remember to attend the December CARS meeting and Christmas Party tonight!  The meeting location is TBA.

Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2006
CARS Meeting Tonight!  11/9/2006
Please remember to attend the Nobember CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2006
CARS Fall Picnic  10/28/2006
CARS Fall Picnic wll be at Honeymoon Island this year, and coincides with the CQ WW DX SSB Contest.

Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2006
Jamboree On The Air  10/21/2006
CARS will be hosting a JOTA station again this year

Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2006
CARS Meeting Tonight!  10/12/2006
Please remember to attend the October CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2006
CARS Meeting Tonight!  9/14/2006
Please remember to attend the September CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2006
CARS Meeting Tonight!  8/10/2006
Please remember to attend the August CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2006
CARS Meeting Tonight!  7/13/2006
Please remember to attend the July CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Upcoming Events 
Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

Posted: Monday, June 26, 2006
CARS July FREE Testing Session 
CARS July FREE Testing Session Info.  Note new question pool is in effect.

Posted: Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Field Day 2006 **** UPDATE ****  6/24/2006
Field Day 2006 is right around the cornert!  Mark the dates:  June 24th and June 25th, 2006.

Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2006
CARS Meeting Tonight!  6/8/2006
Please remember to attend the April CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.  The topic of this month's meeting is Field Day Planning.

Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2006
CARS Meeting Tonight!  5/11/2006
Please remember to attend the April CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2006
Merit Badge University -- WCF Boy Scouts  4/29/2006
CARS will be teaching and certifying Boy Scouts in the Radio Merit Badge again this year.

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2006
CARS Spring Picnic  4/22/2006
** UPDATED **  CARS Spring Picnic planning is finalized

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2006
CARS Meeting Tonight!  4/13/2006
Please remember to attend the April CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Wednesday, March 08, 2006
March VE Test Sessions (Free Testing!)  3/13/2006
CARS will hold it's monthly FREE Amateur Radio Test Session on March 13.

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006
CARS Meeting Tonight!  3/9/2006
Please remember to attend the March CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2005
CARS Annual Christmas Party Tonight!  12/8/2005
Please remember to attend the December CARS meeting and Christmas Party tonight!  The meeting location is TBA.

Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2005
CARS Annual Christmas Party -- UPDATE  12/8/2005
CARS Annual Christmas Party.  Location TBA.  

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2005
CARS Meeting Tonight!  11/10/2005
Please remember to attend the November CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2005
CARS Fall Picnic -- IMPORTANT UPDATE  10/29/2005
I've posted the initial planning info for the CARS Fall Picnic.  The event is this weekend, October 29 and 30.

Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2005
CARS Fall Picnic -- UPDATE  10/29/2005
The CARS Fall Picnic will be held Saturday, October 29 and 30 at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin..

Posted: Thursday, September 01, 2005
West Central Florida Council Boy Scouts Camporee/JOTA **UPDATE**  10/14/2005
CARS will particpate in the Fall Camporee.  This is also JOTA weekend, so plan on a major operating event!   New information posted 10/4/1005.

Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2005
CARS Meeting Tonight!  10/13/2005
Please remember to attend the October CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Thursday, September 08, 2005
CARS Meeting Tonight! Note Change in Location.  9/8/2005
Please remember to attend the September CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Red Cross on Sunset Point Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2005
CARS Meeting Tonight!  8/11/2005
Please remember to attend the August CARS meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility on North Belcher Road.  Start time is 07:30PM.

Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2005
Upcoming Events 
Please mark your calendars with these upcoming events.

Posted: Friday, June 10, 2005
June Amateur Radio License Test Sessions 
CARS will be holding 2 VE license exam sessions this month.  Please note the location change for this month only.

Posted: Thursday, June 02, 2005
CARS June Meeting Location Change  6/9/2005
Due to construction on Belcher Road; and the proximity of the date to Field Day, the location of the CARS June meeting is changed.

Posted: Thursday, June 02, 2005
Field Day 2005 
**** UPDATED****  CARS Field Day Announcement

Posted: Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Technician Class Amateur Radio License Class 
Announcement for a new license class.

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2005
Merit Badge University Event  4/30/2005
Mark your calendars:  On April 30, 2005, CARS has a unique opportunity to participate in the BSA West Central Florida Council’s Merit Badge University.  We have been asked to complete the Radio Merit Badge requirements for up to 40 Boy Scouts.

Posted: Monday, October 25, 2004
November Meeting  11/11/2004
CARS November Meeting Announcement

Posted: Monday, October 25, 2004
University of Scouting  10/30/2004
CARS has been invited to participate in the University of Scouting event again this year.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2004
Camping and JOTA  10/15/2004
CARS has been invited to participate in the Council Encampment for the Boy Scouts.  The event coincides with Jamboree on the Air (JOTA).

Posted: Monday, August 09, 2004
CARS August Meeting -- RESCHEDULED 

The August CARS meeting has been rescheduled Thursday, August 26.   Please  join us as we say farewell to Mike (K4NW)  and Abbe (KG4PRI) Murdock.



Posted: Wednesday, July 07, 2004
July Test Session  7/12/2004
The July test session to be held on July 12, and the August test session to be held on August 9, will both be held at the 4H clubhouse located at 14644 113 Ave. N.  Largo 33774.
 
This change is due to the unavailability of The Salvation Army facility on N Belcher these next two months. The time is  7:15 PM


Posted: Friday, June 18, 2004
Field Day -- June 26 and 27  6/26/2004
Forecasting great weather and lots of food for Field Day this year!!!

Posted: Monday, April 05, 2004
CARS Spring Picnic and FQP  4/24/2004
Join us after the March of Dimes Walk America for the CARS Spring Picnic and Florida QSO Party contest at the 4H Club around 12 noon.


Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004
March of Dimes Walk America  4/24/2004
Join us April 24th to provide communications support for the March Of Dimes Walk America.


Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2004
CARS April Meeting  4/8/2004

April meeting announcement.  (IMPORTANT:  Change of meeting location!)



Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004
MS Walk (Lake Seminole Park)  3/6/2004
Public Service Event


Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004
FL. Gulf Beaches Marathon (Pinellas)  2/22/2004
Public Service Event     


Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004
Orlando Hamcation 2004  2/15/2004
Last day or Orlando Hamcation -  9 AM to 1PM


Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004
Orlando Hamcation 2004  2/14/2004
Hamfest opens at 9am and closes at 6pm


Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004
Orlando Hamcation 2004  2/13/2004
Orlando Hamcation Opens at Noon  on Friday


Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004
St. Pete Beach Classic  2/8/2004
Expecting 2000 to 3000 runners. Come help provide public service support for this event


Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003
"Ham Cram & Exam" Technician License Class  1/17/2004
Get your Ham Technician License in one weekend class and exam session. Click on the article title for more details.

Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Chesters Tailgate  1/10/2004
Join CARS for a Ham Radio Tailgate at Chesters Electronics

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2003
CARS January Meeting Hosts Drew Glassbrenner, KO4MA on the soon to be launched ECHO Satellite  1/08/2004
Drew Glassbrenner, KO4MA will be doing a presentation on the soon-to-be-launched Echo satellite at the January meeting. In addition, he will be bringing his full complement of AMSAT patches, decals and other stuff for sale.

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Cars Christmas Party  12/11/2003
The CARS Chistmas party will be held this year on Dec 11th at the UPARC facility behind the Long Center on Belcher road. We will begin at our normal meeting time at 7:30pm. Please bring a covered dish or side dish and send an email to any officer to coordinate. We will also be repeating (pun intended) our infamous chilli cookoff so if you have a favorite recipe please bring your entry and we will all partake.

Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2003
CARS Fall Picnic 
It's time to get togther and celebrate Amateur Radio in the great outdoors...

Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2003
CARS November Meeting 
CARS will again meet at the Clearwater Fire Training Facility in November.

Posted: Monday, September 22, 2003
University of Scouting 
CARS will participate in this year's University of Scouting

Posted: Monday, September 22, 2003
October Meeting 
CARS returns to the Clearwater Fire Training Facility in October.

Posted: Monday, September 08, 2003
Worked All Pinellas Zips Contest 
The first annual Worked All Pinellas Zips (WAPZ) contest will be held on November 1st, 2003.

Posted: Friday, September 05, 2003
September Meeting 
The club will meet at the Clearwater Red Cross for the September meeting.

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2003
September 13th - Tarpon Triathlon 
Volunteer communicators are needed for the Tarpon Triathlon.  It will be held this year on Saturday September 13th. 

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2003
4-H Expo 
CARS has an opportunity to showcase Amateur Radio at the 4-H Expo

Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2003
Field Day 2003 
Selections of the best photographs from Field Day 2003.

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Radio Astronomy 
CARS August Meeting Announcement

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2003
CARS July Meeting 
Don't forget the July Meeting will be held on the 10th at 7:30 PM.

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2003
Field Day - June 28 & 29 
Field Day

Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003
Kiwanis Midnight Run July 3rd/4th 
On Thursday night July 3rd the Kiwanis Club's is holding their annual "Midnight Run" on the Dunedin Causeway.

Posted: Monday, June 16, 2003
Amateur Radio Testing Session - July 14th 
The next Amateur License test session is July 14th at the Salvation Army.

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2003
CARS May Meeting 

Monthly CARS Meeting This Thursday 7:30PM



Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2003
The annual MS walk will be held this Saturday the 15th in Walsingham Park. 

 



Posted: Friday, February 14, 2003
The Gulf Beaches Marathon is this Sunday February 16th 2003. 

Come lend a hand for this fun event.



Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2002
Pinellas Winter Picnic 

As talked about at the CARS meeting, CARS is going to sponsor a winter picnic Saturday January 18th, at 1pm at the 4H club on Hamlin's Boulevard in conjunction with the ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes.



Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2002
December 7th - Ride With The Stars 
The annual Ride With The Stars walk/ride/skate-a-thon will be held at Fort DeSoto park on December 7th. This will be the 10th year hams have provided safety communications for the event.

Posted: Friday, November 29, 2002
December 15th - The Florida Gulf Beaches Half Marathon 
The Florida Gulf Beaches Half Marathon will run December 15th at 7am till 10:35 am. We need about 40 volunteers to cover this event.

Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2002
December 12th - CARS Annual Christmas Dinner / Meeting 
The CARS Annual Christmas Dinner will be held this year at the 4H club on Hamlin Blvd in largo. Click on the link for more details.

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2002
December 7th & 8th - Tampa Bay Hamfest 
The Tampa Bay Hamfest is the largest amateur radio trade show on Florida's west coast. The Manatee Civic Center has numerous amenities including premium meeting facility space, a large exhibit hall, and free paved parking.

Next club business meeting:
Thursday May 8 at 7:30 P.M.
Next club social meeting:
Thursday Apr 24 at 7:30 P.M.
Next Clearwater Amateur Radio Exam Session: Monday May 12 at 7 PM

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