Changing of the guard

Tomorrow marks a change in CARS.  There will be several new faces on board for CARS. You will have a new president, vice-president, and treasurer.

The club is being turned over to good hands who I feel strongly have the best interests of CARS at heart.  I ask that everyone support the new members as they assume their duties and move CARS forward in the future. It can be daunting operating the club with all we are involved in.

It’s been a privilege being your president these past two years for a second time. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?

I look forward to being involved with the club as much as I can, unfortunately, life throws curves and there are other areas I need to devote time and energy too, but I hope to stay involved as much as I can.

We are still trying to work with the city to get our repeaters back on the air and as of today, we are still waiting on good news that a tower crew will be going out and fixing the issues and our Yaesu digital systems will be running as normal.

We dodged the bullet this hurricane season and hopefully, we won’t see anything while the season comes to a close. While we enjoy the hobby aspects of Amateur Radio we do need club members to support CARES and be able to provide emergency communications support if needed. There seems to be a train of thought that if you have internet and apps who needs old radio. Its always good to have the ability to respond and show how valuable amateur radio still is with all the other technologies that can and have failed as witnessed with the hurricanes that struck the United States mainland and Puerto Rico. Please check the calendar for upcoming CARES training sessions and get involved.

Hopefully, we will be able to proceed with getting our Federal tax exempt status so we can take advantage of other avenues for income to replace what we have lost with the end of Springfest.

Don’t forget, it’s Ham of the year award time. Please get your nominations in so a winner can be voted on at the general meeting on 11/6.

Also, our next technician license class is starting on Saturday 11/4. Please contact Paul Buckwalter, K4PRB for more information. His email is

To John, Michael, and Jeff. Congratulations on your new positions. I look forward to helping in any way I can.

I want to thank Paul Buckwalter, Bill Runyon, Bill Mellema, and Van Rowe for dedicating your time to CARS. I have enjoyed working with each of you on the board.

Keith Ainsley,

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