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 features that can benefit those interested in learning more about amateur radio and those who are licensed operators.

  • We operate four repeaters that extend the range of FM UHF/VHF (2m and 70cm) radios throughout central Maryland.
  • We provide ham radio operators at public service events across the state of Maryland, which provide great opportunities to help the community while practicing emergency communication planning and techniques
  • The annual CARAFest provides local hams an opportunity to buy, sell, and trade.
  • We fund two $2,000 scholarships each year to support youth in STEM-related academic studies. One is in memory of Art Goldman, WA3CVG, and the other in memory of Don Rees, W4VQA, both of whom were very active in CARA and both supported the design, fabrication, and maintenance of our repeaters.
  • We encourage the technical growth and experience of our members through club-sponsored activities and through a regular series of expert speakers at our monthly membership meetings. A monthly breakfast gathering helps us keep in touch.

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Upcoming Events

For a full list of our events, please take a look at the calendar

  Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019  7:00pm ARES/RACES Net
  Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019  7:30pm Membership Meeting
  Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019  7:00pm ARES/RACES Net
  Tuesday, May 7, 2019  7:00pm ARES/RACES Net
  Saturday, May 11, 2019  8:30pm KoC Spring 4K
  Saturday, May 11, 2019  9:00am Breakfast
  Tuesday, May 14, 2019  7:00pm ARES/RACES Net
  Tuesday, May 21, 2019  7:00pm ARES/RACES Net
  Wednesday, May 22, 2019  7:30pm Membership Meeting