CAARA, an ARRL affiliated Special Service Club, located at 6 Stanwood St. in Gloucester Massachusetts, Tel. # 978-282-7645, operates the 2 meter W1GLO repeater on 145.130  MHz (- input, now with a 107.2 PL tone) with antennas located on the AT&T tower in the Blackburn Industrial Complex also in Gloucester. It has an average effective radius of 60 miles, and serves eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, southern New Hampshire, and maritime mobile stations. CAARA also operates the W1GLO repeater on 224.900, and the W1GLO 443.700 (no PL) repeater newly located as of March 2013 on the AT&T tower in the Blackburn Industrial Complex, with Cape Ann coverage. Both are available for club use. The club has a working APRS Digipeater on 144.39 MHZ ( National APRS Freq ). Our APRS callsign is W1GLO-1 on APRS.FI

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The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association mission is to:

  • Provide health and safety communication services for emergencies and disasters on Cape Ann and in other areas when requested
  • Provide health, safety and coordination services for community events
  • Maintain disaster and emergency readiness by conducting regular simulation drills and participating in national disaster simulations
  • Educate and train new amateur radio operators and to maintain a well-tuned disaster team
  • Conduct FCC testing for new licenses and those wishing to upgrade
  • Provide educational services and demonstrations to local area schools and community organizations such as the Boy Scouts
  • Conduct public demonstrations and educational events
  • Assist public utilities, such as the Mass Electric Company, in finding radio frequency interferences that could potentially harm or hinder emergency communication activities
  • Create a positive, supportive environment for our members that promotes camaraderie and fellowship.

Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association members will serve the public unselfishly, will not take any form of remuneration for their services, and will only undertake activities that are 100% for the general good.

Listen in to Dean Burgess, KB1PBH, an ARRL PIO, speak about CAARA Field Day and Amateur Radio Disaster preparations as interviewed by More Stuff OnlineClick to listen to Dean’s interview

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You keep up with friends and family with Facebook. Now keep up on all the CAARA activities and fun! Join the club in the official CAARA Facebook group! If you are new to Facebook, this is a good reason to join! Meet fellow hams and maybe meet a few new friends in the process. The group is wide open to the world so you never know who you may meet. Join us today and write on our wall, add a few pictures or video of your ham radio activities! Follow us on Twitter! @w1glo

The Association is one of the few amateur radio clubs that has its own emergency building. Located at 6 Stanwood Street in Gloucester, it includes a permanent HF station with rotating beam and vertical antenna along with a 2 meter packet station and 2 meter voice and 220 MHz transceivers. The club was formed in 1977 and we are a 501 (C) 3 non profit charitable organization with approximately 100 members. See directions and a map to our building.

Amateur radio exams are held on the second Sunday of each month from 10:00am on at the CAARA building. Anyone who is considering a new license or an upgrade, is welcome to test with us. There is no pre-registration necessary. Email our VE Team contact,  if you have any questions about monthly testing.

Monthly member meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM except for July and August.  The next regular CAARA Members meeting will be held at the CAARA facility on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:30PM.  EmComm meetings are held just prior to the members meeting at 7:00 PM.

Monthly board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM throughout the year.  The next regular board meeting will be held at the CAARA facility on
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 7:00pm.

The club operates a Sunday evening 2 meter net (CAARAnet) at 9:00pm on 145.130MHz with a 107.2 PL tone. This is an open and informal net which disseminates club news, A.R.R.L. Bulletins and traffic of interest to the ham radio community and prepares operators for emergency communications work. All are invited to check into the net as club membership is not a requirement.

The CAARA club net is also available and accessible via Echolink. W1GLO-R will connect you to our Cape Ann repeater on 145.130 MHz.

For more information on CAARA, download our brochure here.  You may also contact a member of the Board of Directors

 

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