Welcome to the Gold Coast Radio Club
Pompano Beach Florida

Last updated August 26, 2018




          Welcome to the Gold Coast
          Amateur Radio Association

The GCARA is one of the oldest ham radio
clubs in South Florida with a growing membership of about 251 licensed operators. The club was founded in 1969 by its first trustee, Charles D. Ritchie, (Chuck) (W4BUG) SK, back when amateur radio, VHF, UHF, and HF repeaters were a technical challenge.
Keep in mind that the amateur radio operator is often the unseen hero during emergencies when other means fail to operate. In this high technology information age, there is still a need for the dedicated amateur, and our club stands ready to provide any public service communications should it be called upon to do so.


We have been fortunate to receive a few donations but, they will not last forever. If you are in arrears, please pay your dues and remain in good standing with the club.
         Meeting Attendance 2018
                        January - 27
                        February - 31
                          March - 35
                           April - 
                           May -
                           June -
                            July - 
                         August -
                       September -
                         October -  
                        November - 

               Monthly Calander
The Gold Coast Amateur Radio Assn. meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Imperial Point Hospital in the auditorium.

May 22 - TBA -Field Day appropriate discussion

  There will be coffee and doughnuts and a 50 50 drawing at the meeting. Members arrive early to eat before the meeting in the cafeteria.

GCARA Quarterly DInner May 12, 2018
Bru's Room
1000 N. University Dr.
Coral Springs, Fl.

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE KENNY HOLLENBECK. Kenny will speak on something that is important to all hams on the air.
join your friends and neighbors for a great dinner and an educational talk.

Upcoming speakers
June 26-  Robert Molledo  will speak on the Weather

July 24 -  Bruce Ratoff KO4XL - to be announced

August 28 - Mike DiPerna, Broward Sheriff's Dept on Cybercrime

September 25 - Ralph Boyd KK4GUB  Meshnet Radio

October 23 -  Pete Rimmel N8PR   Dxing

November 27 - Voting on New Board, talk TBA

December - No Meeting.

                  A bit of history

On March 18 1909 Einar Dessau of Denmark used a shortwave transmitter to converse with a government radio post about 6 miles away in what is beleived to have been the first broadcast by a ham radio operator.







Club repeaters: are available for use by all licensed amateurs. For more information about our repeaters.
Click here.

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       Saturday morning breakfast

All are welcome to join us each Saturday morning at 7:30 am for breakfast and gab session at JJ's Diner on 31st Avenue just south of Cyrpess Creek on the West side.

Don't forget to visit our


These are the folks that support our club. Make sure we, in turn,  support them.


The Presidents Corner
All new info about the club is found here including, the next couple of months programs and presenters.

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Board Meeting Reports

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We are now
on Facebook

If you haven't yet, renewed this years membership  or, if you would like to join our club, just click on the link below. You will then download a membership application,in PDF format, that you can print, fill out, and mail with your check, to the address printed at the top of the application.
           Membership Application.


Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018
Testing   6:00 - 7:00
Meeting  7:30 - 8:30
Walk-ins are welcome
No one accepted after 6:15 pm
Please bring a pencil, copy of your license, and the $15.00 fee
More info