Club History

Calvert Amateur Radio Association was founded in 1954, and is the oldest amateur radio (ham) club operating in Calvert County, Maryland. CARA was originally located on the Naval Base at Chesapeake Beach.

Around 1972, the club moved from the Naval Base to the Mt. Hope Community Center. Because of the poor acoustics in the Mt. Hope meeting rooms, it was later decided we should meet at another location.  The county provided a meeting room for us to use at the County Services Building.  At the rate the club is growing, we may need to seek a larger room!

Calvert Amateur Radio Association incorporated in the state of Maryland in July, 2012, to become the Calvert Amateur Radio Association, Inc.  A new Constitution and new By-Laws were  adopted to reflect CARA’s incorporation and non-profit tax status.  The Calvert Amateur Radio Association, Inc. name has been registered by the State of Maryland on January 4, 2013.  CARA’s application for non-profit 503(c)3 status has been approved by the IRS.

Founding Members

Woody Schwartz / W3ZNW (SK)
Don Liddy / WB3JKV
Gail Griner / W3IRE (SK)
Vince Thrasher / KB3FS (SK)