Welcome to the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association
Pompano Beach Florida :: Updated 25-Feb-2020 0556 ET

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

General Class


2020 Winter Field Day Score

Dan Vasilca AI4WW submitted our Winter Field Day results

  • Phone: 45 for 15%
  • Digital: 2 for 1%
  • CW: 256 for 84%
  • Points: 12,342
  • Bonus: 6,000
  • Total: 18,342

More than half of the QSOs were CW by Dan and we had a satellite contact by Chuck Gress K3NKH.

ARES Apparel Offer

Mike of Mike's Electronics has offered to place an apparel order for ANY apparel item and have it shipped to the store Free of Charge to the purchaser.

CLICK HERE go to the ARRL website and check out the offers.

Items being targeted are for the ARES people

  • 0128-M Mesh Vests $16.00
  • 0136-L Deployment Vests w/pockets $25.00
  • 0099 ARES Deployment Hat $15.00

There are ARRL clothing and VEC clothing available as well. Please get your order into Mike's ASAP. Thank you.


At the general meeting on Jan.28, 2020, VP Joe McGee NX4T, was grateful to receive as donations, the following items for the club.

  • ARRL HANDBOOK-2016 by Ricki Witte
  • 2 issues of QST Magazines by Al Flapan
  • Automatic Antenna Tuner by Al Flapan
  • Insulators by Gerald Deitch

The handbook was given as 2nd prize for the 50/50 auction, he magazines were handed to the general public for newer members and the Automatic Ant. Tuner and Insulators will be added to the FIELD DAY equipment for the club's usage.

Thank you for those of you who steadily supply our needs in some fashion. A reminder: we also accept monetary donations and when we get to be a 501 (c) (3) organization this year, you may take it off taxes. Thank you so much.


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:


Club Repeaters

Are available for use by all licensed amateurs.



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

  • 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

  • Sponsors

    These are the folks that support our club and we, in turn,support them.

    To visit our Sponsors



    Notes & News for January 2020

    Don Search W3AZD is in Room 102, of Wilton Manors Health and Rehab Center, located at 2675 N. Andrews Ave. 33311, following a health issue. Phone number of facility is 954-563-5711. Please visit Don while he is recuperating. His partner of 50 years, Hope Smith WB3ANE, is requesting rides to go and see Don at rehab from her ALF, the Atria of Tamarac, located at 7650 N. University Dr. in Tamarac Phone 954-228-6036. Hope is currently in Room 242 but may make a move presently so check with nursing to get details.

    Please call Melanie @954-560-3706 for any updates or to find out how you can help.

    Barry Porter KB1PA is currently under treatment for his illness and would love to hear from you by texts. His phone number is 561-2519150. For notes and cards, his home address is 14555 Sims Rd. Apt 251 Delray Beach 33484.

    Let's all support our members during their time of distress. Thank you!!


    The current 2016-2020 EXTRA Pool expires on June 30, 2020 and will be replaced with a new pool, 2020-2024 EXTRA pool. Several changes were made to the new pool of questions with an attempt at weeding out too easy questions and too difficult questions. The current number of questions in the pool was reduced from 712 to 622. The result according to the ARRL website article, was 239 modified questions, 49 new questions and 139 deemed outdated questions removed from the pool. Diagram questions were reduced from 10 to 8 than the 2016 pool.

    The new pool questions are available now at the NCVEC website (National Conference of Volunteer Coordinators).

    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.

    25-Feb is GAME NIGHT!

    We are going to try a little different approach to learning this month with the help of Jeff Stahl, K4BH. He will present us with a game that can be played on our cell phones, whether you have an Android or iPnone. The object of the game is to answer as many of Jeff's questions about Ham radio correctly. There may be some questions about some trivia like holidays and their origin as well. To prepare ahead of time, go to your AP Store and download KAFOOTZ. There will be a prize for the winner this month.

    Please feel free to invite as many of your ham friends as you want. If this game is well received and Jeff is open to the idea, we may play it again before the end of the year. I played it and it is fun, fun, fun!! Oh the pressure to dig through your knowledge banks to get the right answer in time.

    Don't forget your phones! See you there!


    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


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