Welcome to the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association
Pompano Beach Florida :: Updated 16-Oct-2019 0610 ET

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

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

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:



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!

Next Meeting Dates


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 Note
Pete 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
  • Phone: 305-351-7181
  • 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


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Are available for use by all licensed amateurs.



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