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 251 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
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 club.
Meeting Attendance 2014
Students from Forest Knolls Elementary
School in Silver Spring, MD participated in
an Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) contact with the
International Space Station and Com-
mander of Expedition 39, Koichi Wakata.
Melissa Happ- KB3VEX, will present the
radio set-up, a short video of the actual
contact and the partnership between
ARRL, ARISS and NASA. 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 2014
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
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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