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 237
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
Meeting Attendance 2013
Our April 23rd meeting will feature none
other than Matt KK4AML, Kramer
W4JRK, Randy Shine KJ1RJS, and
myself Joey Jet N4ZUW reporting on our
trip down to Puerto Rico and our visit to
the Aricebo Radio Telescope.
Don't worry. We will also have
doughnuts and coffee. You are always
welcome to join us for dinner in the
hospital cafeteria around 5:15 PM before
each meeting. …If you dare.
Printed Circuit Newsletter
We email the Printed Circuit Newsletter
to our club members monthly. Want to
get on the list? Click here. It provides
timely and pertinent information on
amateur radio, our club, and our
repeaters to keep everyone up to date.
We are also selling ad space for those
businesses that would like to take
advantage of an inexpensive means to
reach our audience.
For more information click here.
Download Newsletter click here.
Club repeaters: are available for
use by all licensed amateurs. For
more information about our
Our goals for 2013
MEETINGS and TESTING
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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
Don't forget to visit our
These are the folks that support our
club. Make sure we, in turn, support
Thinking about becoming a "Ham"?
Look at what some school systems are
presenting in their classrooms. Get an
idea of what is being done to expand the
hobby and extend the pleasure of ham
radio around the country. Check out
more on the Links page.
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