Lapeer County Amateur Radio Association

Serving Lapeer County & Surrounding Communities in Michigan

The Lapeer County Amateur Radio Association is as diverse as its nearly 60 members.  We are involved with a number of community service activities which include SkyWarn in conjunction with the National Weather Service and local officials to provide an early warning system in the event of threatening weather.  We also provide a system for back up communications for our county in the event that a natural or other disaster should occur.

In June we participate in the annual Field Day exercise. During Field Day we set up and operate amateur stations utilizing emergency power simulating a national disaster.  This event takes place over a 24 hour period giving new and prospective amateurs a chance to work a number of stations under the direction of one of our seasoned veterans.  Although Field Day has developed into a major contest for many, it is still a great opportunity to test yourself and your equipment.  Join us each year for a fun event.  LCARA also participates in the annual
Simulated Emergency Test where we provide emergency communications for local fire, EMS, emergency management and public safety personnel.

The Lapeer County Amateur Radio Association has a long history of providing public service communications for community events such as walks, runs, bike-a-thons, and triathlons.  Activities such as these assist event organizers and promote safety while allowing participating radio operators an opportunity to exercise their radio skills and equipment.

W8LAP Repeater System

W8LAP Repeaters
146.620 MHz – 100 Hz PL
– Lapeer, MI
– linked to 443.450 KG8ID repeater
442.750 MHz + 123 Hz PL
– Lapeer, MI

KG8ID Repeater
443.450 MHz + 100 Hz PL
– North Branch, MI
– Linked to 146.620 W8LAP repeater
– EchoLink enabled

W8LAP Packet Radio Stations
145.030 MHz     W8LAP-4/B  LCARA/N
145.090 MHz     W8LAP-3/B  EOC44/N

Monthly Meetings

LCARA club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm in the Lapeer County E.O.C. conference room in the basement of the Lapeer County (911) Central Dispatch building – 2332 West Genesee Street in Lapeer.  Look for the 300 foot tower.  Entrance is on the west side of the building, press the buzzer, go down the stairs on the right.  All are welcome.  Join us for a fun time promoting our great hobby.