The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club (CBARC) has been serving as a hobbyist resource and emergency communications to local agencies for about 50 years and has been operating out of the Patton State Hospital in Highland since 1991.
Made up of over 75 members, the club meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 and offers several opportunities for ham radio operators and those interested in entering the hobby.
Club Vice President Jeff Richardson said he first became interested in amateur radio as a kid thanks to a neighbor who used CB radio.
“I like radio because it’s so diverse using different modes of radio to communicate to people all over the world,” Richardson said.
One of the highlights of his radio experience was communicating with astronauts on a NASA satellite.
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