NOTICE: CARA's monthly breakfasts and membership meetings are hosted virtually, via Zoom. Meetings are open to all; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and call sign (if applicable) for a link to the Zoom meeting. Setup/testing will open a half-hour before each event to allow for steup and testing.

NOTICE: All in-person CARA activities continue to be canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The officers and Board of CARA are examining opportunities to hold online or virtual activities, and will keep the membership informed of any further developments via this website, the CARA Facebook page, and the email distribution group. I would like to wish the best to you and your families as we deal with this difficult time. -- Scott Sauvageot, KS3O, CARA President


The Columbia Amateur Radio Association (CARA) is an IRS-listed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in support of amateur radio in Howard County, Maryland. 

CARA offers many opportunities for licensed operators as well as those interested in learning more about amateur radio. We:

  • Operate four repeaters that extend the range of FM UHF/VHF (2m and 70cm) radios throughout central Maryland
  • Provide ham radio operators at public service events across the state of Maryland
  • Host an annual CARAFest provides local hams an opportunity to buy, sell, and trade
  • Fund two $2,000 scholarships each year to support youth in STEM-related academic studies
  • Encourage the technical growth and experience of our members through club-sponsored activitiesand a series of expert speakers at  monthly membership meetings
  • Hold a monthly breakfast gathering and other social activities to keep us in touch

What are we up to lately? Check out our Faceboook page and Events Calendar. You can also find us on