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Nov-2 Mini-Field Day Picnic
GCARA, ARES/RACES, Palmetto Amateur Radio Club, SEFTN and Knights of the Round Table will join again for a mixed club Mini-Field Day and Fox Hunt at Vista View Park, located at 4001 SW 142nd Ave. in Davie Fl 33330.There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 towards a picnic lunch to offset the cost of the food. This is the time to bring your experimental set-ups or any equipment you wish to try out. All hams and friends are invited. An RSVP is recommended to make sure there is enough food and beverages to go around. Please CLICK HERE to RSVP to Melanie or call her at 954-560-3706, whichever is more convenient. Let's put our skills to practice in direction finding and broadcasting on simple set-ups! Thanks and see you all there.
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.
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!
Rick Eaton, KD4HGR and Chuck Gress, K3NXH speaking on Oct 22
October Speakers on FT-8 with Live Demo. We are honored to have two digital radio experts in our club and they will be speaking on FT-8. Rick Eaton, KD4HGR, and Chuck Gress, K3NXH, have been dabbling in all of the digital formats for years and are intrigued by FT-8. They will describe the format and give a live demonstration of how it works with very little power and limited antenna usage. Join us for another informative evening with these two gentlemen.
President's NotePete Rimmel, N8PR
Pete was slated to be our October Speaker but has been sidelined by a brain injury. He is now undergoing intense physical therapy at:
St. Catherine's Rehab. Hospital
Address: 8850 NW 122nd St
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018
Pete welcomes cards and calls
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