Welcome to the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association
Pompano Beach Florida :: Updated 8-July-2019 08.02 ET

  Welcome to GCARA. Monthly meeting: 7:30 PM on 4th Tuesday of every month. Location: Imperial Point Hospital. Testing: 6:00PM  

JULY 13, 2019

Hello Hams! It is that time again to go to WING'S PLUS in Coral Springs for our quarterly dinner night out. Everyone is welcome to come and have a great time with the GCARA.

Time: 7PM
Where: 9880 W. Sample Road
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Topic: Informal discussion of Field Day this year
RSVP: Joe McGee
Call: 954-782-3543

RSVP needed for seating count for restaurant. Thank you

Submitted by
Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT
June 30, 2019


July 13, 2019
GCARA Quarterly Dinner


Our meetings start at 7:30 PM on the fourth Tuesday of the month on all months except December. We generally go until our subject of the night is exhausted, typically till 9:30 PM.

If you desire some nourishment before the meeting, you are cordially invited to join our table in the cafeteria at 5PM until we must prepare the auditorium for the meeting. All hams and visitors are invited so do not be shy. I am looking forward to meeting you there.


4th Tuesday of the month
Testing - 6:00 - 7:00

Walk-ins are welcome

AFTER 6:15 pm

For testing bring:
  • Government issued Picture I.D.
  • COPY of existing license
    (if you are upgrading)
    or CSCE (if using for credit)
  • Pen, Pencil, Eraser
  • Simple calculator
    (may not use cell phone)
  • $15 cash or check

Questions and info:



GCARA is one of the oldest ham radio clubs in South Florida and celebrating its 50th year in operation. In 1969, it was founded by its first Trustee, Charles Ritchie (Chuck) W4BUG SK, when amateur radio, VHF,UHF,HF repeaters were more of a technical challenge.

[See Repeater Tab for our club frequencies]

To say the hobby has come a long way is an understatement. People no longer join for a phone patch. They want to talk to the astronauts, bounce signals off the moon, use their computers to slow scan TV or do digital communications. Even though CW (Morse Code) is no longer required at testing for licensure, people still learn and use it today.

Our mission is to join collectively as hams and mentor the younger population or newer hams to the hobby. We fill critical communication needs during disasters and hurricanes throughout the county. We provide communications for events like the Winter Boat Parade and Race events we are invited to. Hopefully we can continue to foster a love for this ever changing hobby that will allow it to continue throughout future generations. Come join us today!

Next Meeting Dates


Next Meeting Speaker
Erik Olmer W4EJO

The general meeting on Tuesday, July 23,2019 will feature our own Erik Olmer, W4EJO, who will talk on Shelter Communications and the value of Volunteering. We will also have time to show the ELMO clip from Field Day and pictures of Field Day. Please come and have a nice time with us!

Want to Learn CW with us?

Please contact Melanie Fernandez, KJ4VCT, if you want to learn CW. We will be joining an online course and meeting separately to discuss our progress. Dan Vasilca AI4WW will be available to answer our questions should we have any. Either see me at the meetings or call me at 954-560-3706 or email me earthymel1950@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest.

The Presidents Corner

Welcome to the President's corner. Please keep up with latest Board meeting here and see what we are doing on your behalf. Comments and suggestions invited.


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.

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