Get on the Air

With the Sunshine Net

Join us every morning at 8:30 am for the Sunshine Net.  This very popular net receives check-ins from across southwest and west-central Florida and is one of the oldest nets still operating in Florida. 

You can find us on the WX4E repeater system, which is located in Punta Gorda, Florida, and is hosted by the Charlotte Amateur Radio Society.  This linked pair of repeaters operate on 146.745 (-) and 444.975 (+), both with a PL tone of 136.50.

With the CARS 6-Meter Net

The Charlotte Amateur Radio Society’s 6-meter net meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm on 50.200 USB. Often, we will operate alternate modes as training after the net. We work with digital modes like JS8Call, FLDigi, or Winlink.

Get Together

Come to Club Meetings

Please visit us at one of our monthly club meetings held at the First United Methodist Church, Lenox Hall Meeting Room, 507 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL  33950 on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM.  

Currently, we also simulcasting our meetings on ZOOM. Please see our groups.io page for the invitation to join our monthly club meetings.

Join CARS-FL@groups.io

You can also join us on our groups.io page by visiting CARS-FL@groups.io. This a great resource and a place to ask questions and exchange ideas.


Get Active

The Charlotte Amateur Radio Society always has an activity to help you get involved in amateur radio.

Thursday, April 15th

We are holding a Special Event contest training session on this 6-meter net night.  But we need YOU to make it a pile-up! This will give the operators a taste of the contest atmosphere during a phone event like Field Day.  Learn more here.

Saturday, April 24th

This exercise is part of the Charlotte Amateur Radio Society’s long-term multipart educational program to ensure that radio amateurs in our area have a way to grow the skills that may be used in a variety of emergency communications situations. Our April 24th, 2021 exercise is the second in a three-part series that involves a simulated emergency.  Keep up with the latest information here.

Learn More About Amateur Radio

Are you interested in learning more about amateur radio and its technology? The Charlotte Amateur Radio Society (CARS) host club projects to help you get hands-on experience. CARS holds operating events to help you get on the air and experience the different operating modes and procedures. Maybe you are interested in getting your FCC operating license? We can help with this too! There are hams in our area that host training classes and they also hold exams on a monthly basis.

Membership dues are only $ 20.00 per year for an individual and $ 25.00 for a family.

Next Steps…

If you would like to join the Charlotte Amateur Radio Society, simply complete the membership form by clicking the button to the right.