Welcome to the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association Pompano Beach Florida :: Updated 18-Nov-2019 1417 ET
Winter Fest Boat Parade
Please see Carol Sjursen KJ4AWB to offer your help for the 2019 Winter Fest Boat Parade. Carol needs more volunteers to work the bridges along the route. You will be assigned to work with an experienced person if this is your first time. Call Carol @ 954-803-6338 as soon as you can or catch her att he meeting this November 26. Thank you.
Winter Field Day Jan 25, 2020
Joe McGee NX4T, the Winter Field Day Chairperson is making plans for Winter Field Day 2020. We will hold a one day Field Day for practice at Quiet Waters Park, Jan, 25, 2020 from 2pm to 8 pm. Set up will begin at 9 am and break down will be at 8 pm. In those 6 hours we hope to practice our skills at Digital, CW, HF. Antennas will be scaled down this year due to the time it takes to put up some of our antennas/beams and because of the shorter operating time. Ricky Eaton, KD4HGR, Jeff Stahl K4BH and Dan Vasilca AI4WW will all be part of the Winter Field Day Committee, working with Joe NX4T to make this year another successful outing. Food for lunch, snacks and coffee and donuts in the morning will cost you $10.00 if you pay in advance. Those paying the day of the Field Day will pay $15.00 instead. This will be done to encourage paying in advance to cover the food. All donations to the Food Fund cheerfully accepted.
4th Tuesday of the month
Testing - 6:00 - 7:00
Walk-ins are welcome
NOBODY ADMITTEDAFTER 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)
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
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!
Please join us for the last meeting of the year of the GCARA. We will be holding elections or an approval of the slate if no opposition. The current Board will remain intact with the exception of the Treasurer RIcki Witte. Ricki needs to be involved elsewhere in 2020 and we have secured permission from Erik Olmer to take her place if agreeable to the membership. Voting can be done by members whose dues are paid up for this year.
We will have Kenny Hollenbeck KE4NC speak to us with valuable tips on ham radio. He encourages you to bring your questions to the meeting.
The membership also has the opportunity to pay their dues for the 2020 year or catch up if in arrears. All dues are appreciated and help fund the replacement and repair of equipment we use daily as a club. Considering the highly technical skills to do the repairs and installations come from valuable club member volunteers like Ricky Eaton, KD4HGR and Eric Rodriquez KF4LZA, we are getting a real bargain! Thank you gentlemen for keeping us up and running.
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.
For Membership Application
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.