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Welcome to the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association
Pompano Beach Florida :: Updated 14.55 ET 13-March 2019

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

Sat Morning Breakfast Moving

W4BUG/ GCARA are moving their breakfast meeting place to the RAMBLEWOOD DINER @ 8203 W. Atlantic BLVD. Coral Springs 33071 starting March 23, 2019. Opens at 7am. It is located on the north side just over the Coral Springs city line from Margate.

Join Mike Spivak for breakfast with the "hams".


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:



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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 D 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!

Summer Field Day

at Quiet Waters Park


K4BH operating FD2018


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.

Spring Picnic 2019

Who: You are invited
What: Spring Picnic
Where: Vista View Park
4001 SW 142 Ave
Davie FL
Date: Sat April 13, 2019
Time: 10AM to 4PM
RSVP: Melanie 954-560-3706 or CLICK HERE TO EMAIL


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


Club Repeaters

Are available for use by all licensed amateurs.


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