Calhoun County Amateur Radio Association

WB4GNA Repeater - Home of the "Golden Gabbers" Net, the oldest active VHF Net in the US.

Welcome to the Calhoun County Amateur Radio Association Website!

The Calhoun County Amateur Radio Association (CCARA) is the oldest active Amateur Radio Club in Calhoun County and is located in Anniston, AL. The CCARA is a private non-profit corporation and was incorporated in accordance with the Code of Alabama 1940, Title 10 Section 124, et seq.


Alabama's highest point 2407 feet Mt. Cheaha. 

The CCARA's repeaters are located on Mt. Cheaha, which is Alabama's highest peak at 2,407 feet. The frequencies and tones for the repeaters are, 147.090+ 131.8 tone, 444.750+ 131.8 tone. We also have a WIDE APRS Digipeater WB4GNA, an APRS Weather Tracker WB4GNA-8 and a D-STAR Repeater system 145.300- WB4GNA C and 442.425+ WB4GNA B.


CCARA repeater at Mt. Cheaha. 


David Wilhoite, KM4DLW,,CCARA Repeater Trustee at repeater site conducting routine maintenance. 

Members of the CCARA had recently made some roof repairs (small addition to main building) while conducting other routine maintenance at the repeater site. 

Tower site on Mt. Cheaha with an array of antennas from various agencies and organizations, the CCARA's included, somewhere way up there! 

Our club holds meetings on the 2nd Saturday every other month, January, March, May, July, September and November at the Oxford Public Library in Oxford AL at 10 AM. We also participate in the annual ARRL Field Day which is always the last full weekend each June and every December we have a Christmas Dinner. Also on the months when we don't have regular club meetings we have a social "fun-time" breakfast get-together at the Golden Corral restaurant in Oxford, AL at 8:00AM on the 2nd Saturday. Everyone is always welcome to join us at any of our events.


CCARA Mission Statement: 

It shall be our purpose to encourage the exchange of information and cooperation among members to promote radio knowledge and fraternalism and to support the community in an appropriate fashion through assistance to FEMA District 7 and/or the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency. The CCCARA shall also relay weather conditions in emergency situations, assist as requested and shall assist the Red Cross, Salvation Army or any other non-profit organization in need of our communications assistance.

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Upcoming Events:

Monday, May 29 at 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday, Jun 5 at 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday, Jun 12 at 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, Jun 14 All Day

Incorporated: July 13, 1973

"Nets on the '09" 147.090+ 131.8:

The Alabama Emergency Net Whiskey meets every Monday night at 8PM.

The Golden Gabbers Net, "the oldest active VHF net in the US", meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 PM.

The District 7 ARES Net for Central Alabama, as needed, during any multi-county incident.

CCARA Club Officers:


Peggy Wilhoite, KM4MPW  


Michele Cavender, KJ4CYJ 


Ken Yates, KI3N


Tom Carleson, KF7TTY


Other Club Positions

Public Information Officer:


Repeater Trustee:

David Wilhoite, KM4DLW

Important NOAA Weather Radio Information:

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To ensure that you are receiving the correct weather information for Calhoun County, AL make sure your weather radio is set to Channel 4 (162.475MHz) and the Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) code is 001015.

Important Weather Terms To Know:

FLOOD WATCH — Conditions are right for flooding to happen soon.

FLOOD WARNING — Flooding is occurring. Be prepared to evacuate if told to do so.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH — Severe thunderstorms are possible in your area.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING — Severe thunderstorms are occurring.

TORNADO WATCH — Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.

TORNADO WARNING — A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. If you are in a designated tornado warning area and the sky becomes threatening, move to your pre-designated place of safety.

An ARRL Affiliated Club: