Our Purpose

The Charlotte Amateur Radio Society, located in Charlotte County, Florida, is an ARRL affiliated amateur radio organization supporting ARES emergency auxiliary communications, radio and electronics experimentation, education and science.  

Our Story

The Charlotte Amateur Radio Society (CARS) was organized in 1974 making CARS the oldest operating amateur radio club in Charlotte County.  We are the southernmost county in the 10 county West Central Florida Section of the Florida ARRL.

Club membership is open to all ham radio operators and to those who want to become ham radio operators. Please visit us at one of our monthly club meetings held at the First United Methodist Church, Meeting Room 13, 507 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL  33950 on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM.  We look forward to seeing you there and to meeting you on the air!

Meet the Leaders

These are the amateur radio operators who spend endless hours guiding the club and planning all of the wonderful activities for our members.

David Weinstein, K3FHP


Dave has been licensed since 1961 getting his Novice license at age 15.  Since 1996, Dave prefers the minimalist approach operating mostly low power and QRP with a small stable of QRP rigs including his favorite KX3.

Douglas Young, KM4LKC


Doug has been licensed since 2015 when he received his extra class.  Doug enjoys building radio projects and portable field operations as well as contesting.

Leonard Trudeau, N4LJT


Leonard received his General License in November 2020 and his Extra Class in 2022. Woodworking is his hobby since the eighties. Now Leonard also enjoys amateur radio. Currently, he is building a go box as a portable station to allow portable operation in his RV, field day activities, and possibly POTA.

Marty Purselley, AA5UN


Marty was first licensed in 1974 as WN5YUN and picked up his current call back in 1990 when he upgraded to Extra. Marty enjoys HF, chasing DX, hunting POTA stations, and working the digital modes.

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.