Welcome to the Gold Coast Radio Club
Pompano Beach Florida
Updated January 1, 2019
All are welcome to join us at our monthly meetings held the 4th Tuesday of every month, except December, at 7:30 PM in the auditorium of the Imperial Point Hospital. Amateur license testing at 6:00 PM preceeding each meeting.. REMEMBER, there is no longer a requirement for Morse Code so now is a great time to upgrade your license or to join the growing ranks of Amateur Radio operators. "Be a HAM"



          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 -  35
                           May - 35
                           June - 34
                            July - 34 
                         August - 36
                       September - 34
                         October -  30
                        November - 30

            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

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GCARA January Speaker on DMR

Happy New Year to all hams. Please join us Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 @ Imperial Point Hospital Auditorium.We will be meeting in the auditorium of the IMPERIAL POINT HOSPITAL @ 6401 N. Federal Hwy. Meeting starts promptly at 7:30 PM. There will be testing from 6 PM to 7 PM. The cost is $15.00 per license test. You will need a pencil, pen, picture ID, and current copy of license (if any).

There will be coffee and doughnuts and we will have a 50/50 drawing. Our speaker for the month of January 22, 2019 will be Jeff Ronner,W4AEQ. He will talk more about DMR. Jeff is quite proficient in usage and programming for DMR. Please bring your questions.
We will also have our Winter Field Day discussion, led by Joe McGee, NX4T.

                  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.
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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, Oct 23, 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
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