Welcome to the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association Pompano Beach Florida :: Updated 22.20 ET 13-April 2019
Sat Morning Breakfast Moving
W4BUG/GCARA are moving their breakfast meeting place starting
March 19, 2019
Join Mike Spivak for breakfast with the "hams"
Lester's Diner 4701 Coconut Creek Pkwy
Margate, FL 33063
Opens at 6am CLICK FMI
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
NOBODY ADMITTEDAFTER 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)
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
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!
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