Welcome to the website of the Cheltenham Amateur Radio Association (CARA). The club holds at least one meeting a month, currently on the third Thursday of the month (except in December when we meet on the second Thursday) at the … Continue reading

Railways-on-the-Air: GB0GWR activation cancelled

Due to a change of circumstances totally beyond our control, the Committee has decided that CARA cannot now take part in Railways-on-the-Air from the GWR Cheltenham Racecourse Station this coming weekend, 27/28 September. The Committee apologies for the cancellation of … Continue reading

September Meeting

“Talking Over A Light Beam” by Chris M0OLO This month we welcomed Chris, M0OLO, to hear a talk on his experiments with using a light beam as a bearer of voice signals. He described how he designed and built the … Continue reading


This year RotA will take place over the weekend of 27/28 September and once again CARA will be taking part from the Cheltenham Racecourse Station of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The event celebrates the anniversary of the first steam powered … Continue reading

August Meeting – Report

Car Boot Sale Several of us arrived at the Brizen car-park at 7pm under a darkening sky, rain seemed a possibilty but we crossed our fingers, set-up outside and after a few minutes were ready to sell. We were soon … Continue reading

UK Microwavers Field Day

On Sunday 3rd August G5BK/P will be active from Birdlip between 1000-1800 BST. Operators will be Nick G4WLC and Matt 2E0MDJ, assisted by others. The station will be housed in Nick’s van. We will be taking part in the UK … Continue reading

July Meeting – Report

The contents of the shacks of three club members who died earlier this year have been donated to CARA with the stipulation that the equipment, or the proceeds of the sale thereof, should be used for the benefit of the … Continue reading

Successful Test and View Meeting

The pre-auction “Test and View” evening, held on Thursday 10th July, was well attended with at least 20 people turning up to inspect and help test the items on display. Most of the equipment which will come up for auction … Continue reading

Giles G0NXA is new DRM54

We are delighted to announce here that CARA member Giles G0NXA has been appointed the new RSGB Deputy Regional Manager for Region 54 (Gloucestershire). Giles becomes a point of contact for those seeking more information about amateur radio and the … Continue reading

New Intermediate Licensees in CARA

Following their success in the recent Intermediate Licence exam, Christopher M6EBF is now 2E0YNG and John M6GTF is 2E0GCR. Congratulations to them both. They have already embarked on training for the Full Licence and are planning to take the exam … Continue reading

June Meeting – Report

The club loyally filled the Brizen Centre on the evening England were playing Uruguay (in some kind of football tournament, apparently!) to meet the recently elected RSGB Regional Manager for the West Midlands, Martyn G3UKV. He gave a two part … Continue reading

CARA Evening Net

Malcolm G0TMP will not be available to run the CARA Evening Net for the duration of the World Cup, regardless whether England qualify from their group matches or not! If somebody else would like to take up the mantle, please … Continue reading

National Field Day 2014

This weekend, 7/8 June, clubs and groups throughout the British Isles, and also throughout Europe, will be heading for the countryside to operate under portable conditions to take part in the long running National Field Day event. This is a … Continue reading