Welcome to the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association
Pompano Beach Florida :: Updated 17-Jan-2020 2135 ET

  Welcome to GCARA. Monthly meeting: 7:30 PM on 4th Tuesday of every month. Location: Imperial Point Hospital. Testing: 6:00PM  
2020 HamCation

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The Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association will observe the annual Winter Field Day exercise on Saturday, January 25, at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach.

We will begin setup at 8 AM, the communications contest will begin at 2 PM, and we will cease operations at 8 PM. We will operate three stations, using SSB, CW, and digital (RTTY and PSK-31) on self-generated power. There will also be an attempt to make satellite contacts. And additionally there MAY be a fox hunt if there is sufficient desire.

All Amateurs are invited to attend and join in the fun. We will welcome licensed Amateurs who wish to operate (especially SSB) and setup/teardown assistance will be especially appreciated. Those who wish to observe and/or socialize will certainly be welcome.

The park is located at 401 Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, and there is a $1.50 per person entrance fee.

There will be food available for a fee of $10.00 prior to 1/25 and $15.00 at the park. Included will be coffee and donuts, and lunch. Early payments may be tendered at Mike's Electronics.

RSVP is requested (but not by any means required) so that our President Melanie will know how many to prepare for. Please call or text Joe, NX4T at 954-782-3543 or EMAIL mcgee3534@bellsouth.net

We hope to see you there. This is one of the biggest annual activities in Amateur Radio. Thousands will be participating. You will surely find it to be a rewarding experience.

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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!

2020 Officers

Role Name Callsign
President Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT
Vice President Joe McGee NX4T
Treasurer Erik Olmer W4EJO
Secretary Roy Neiman KJ4EGN
Trustee Rick Eaton KD4HGR
Director AL Jeff Stahl K4BH
Director PIO Mike Wolf K2HXC
Sponsor Advisor Mike Spivak WB4RFC


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.


1069 NW 53 St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: 954-491-7110

2020 Meeting Dates

  • 28-Jan-2020
  • 25-Feb-2020
  • 24-Mar-2020
  • 28-Apr-2020
  • 26-May-2020
  • 23-Jun-2020
  • 28-Jul-2020
  • 25-Aug-2020
  • 22-Sep-2020
  • 27-Oct-2020
  • 24-Nov-2020
  • 26-Jan-2021

  • Announcements

    January 2020 Speaker

    Kenneth Hollenbeck KE4NC will once again treat us to new tricks and tips for the amateur radio enthusiast. This topic was well received and surprisingly unknown to most of us at the November Meeting and it bears delving into a little more. Kenny promises new tricks.

    We will also have a short Winter Field Day 2020 review by Joe McGee NX4T. WFD is Jan 25, 2020 at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield. Admission is $1.50 and there will be coffee and doughnuts for the ones setting up at 9am. Lunch will be served and will cost $10.00 if paid before the event and $15.00 at the event. Please RSVP to Melanie at earthymel1950@gmail.com or call her @ 954-560-3706. Many thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

    Break down will be at 8 pm and we will need helping hands both in the morning and at night. Please contact Joe McGee at mcgee3543@bellsouth.net or call him at 954-782-3543.

    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



    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:


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