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General-Meeting-Minutes-2024-03-26

We are honored to announce the 85th Anniversary of the WPBARG club in West Palm Beach.

They will hold a celebration on Saturday, April 27th, 2024 at the STEM Center of the COX Science Center located at 4881 Dreher Trail, WPB 33485 from 10 AM to 2 PM. All hams are invited to join them and a lunch will be available 12-1PM plus the multiple food trucks that will be available.

In celebration of the special event, NWS meteorologist will be there speaking about the Hurricane Season and staying safe in 2024. Many contacts will be made on the Remote Stations.

More info: https://wpbarg.com/2024/03/26/wpbarg-85th-anniversary-event/

Submitted by Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT

ham-radio Broward Florida
ham (amateur) radio

Yes, ham radio, also known as amateur radio, is still a popular hobby around the world. There are over 750,000 licensed hams in the United States and over 3 million around the world.

Here are some of the reasons why ham radio is still relevant:

If you are interested in getting started with ham radio, you will need to obtain a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. There are different license levels available, each with its own requirements. You can find more information about ham radio licensing on the FCC website [10]. There are also many resources available online and in libraries to help you learn more about ham radio.

In summary, the search results indicate that amateur or “ham” radio is still a thriving hobby with a sizable and growing community of enthusiasts worldwide. It continues to offer unique communication capabilities and opportunities for experimentation and skill development.

here are the key benefits of getting a ham radio (amateur radio) license:

  1. Ham radio is still a popular and growing hobby, with over 2 million amateur radio operators worldwide and a 1% annual growth rate in the US. 145
  2. Getting a ham radio license allows you to legally operate and experiment with radio communication equipment, which can be a fun and rewarding hobby. 145
  3. Studying for the ham radio license exam teaches valuable technical skills in areas like radio theory, electronics, electrical circuits, and radio wave propagation. This knowledge can be applicable to various industries. 34
  4. Ham radio provides a way to communicate worldwide using various modes like voice, Morse code, and digital, without relying on the internet or cell networks. This can be useful for emergency communication. 135
  5. Ham radio helps bridge generational gaps, as the hobby appeals to people of all ages and allows for connections across international boundaries. 4
  6. Obtaining a ham radio license can boost your self-confidence, as you accomplish the goal of passing the exam and gain competence in operating radio equipment. 4
  7. There are many local ham radio clubs that offer free classes to help people study for and obtain their licenses, providing a social community aspect. 3

In summary, the search results indicate that getting a ham radio license provides a fun, educational, and community-oriented hobby that teaches valuable technical skills and can be useful for emergency communication.

HELP SUPPORT – Bike MS: Breakaway to the Palm Beaches 2024 – April 6 & Fri April 7 – MS Bike Ride in Palm Beach County

Contact Jeff Stahl to sign up to volunteer to serve as communicators at rest stops..

MEALS ARE PROVIDED

Date & Location

April 6 – 7, 2024
Start and Finish Line:
Boca Raton Innovation Campus
5000 T-Rex Ave Unit 160 Boca Raton, FL 33431

When you volunteer, you become part of the MS movement – a community of passionate individuals working together to create a world free of MS.

Contact Jeff Stahl to sign up to volunteer to serve as communicators at rest stops.. k4bh@bellsouth.net

Check back for updates: https://w4bug.org/amateur-radio-events/2024-ms-bike-ride/

This month, GCARA will be meeting at and eating at PIZZA TIME in Coral Springs.

The Board has decided to “eat around” at different restaurants until we find a possible “home” for us. Stay tuned each month for our restaurant addresses.

The meeting is open to all hams and guests but if you do not normally attend our meetings and are expected, kindly give Melanie a shout so she can make sure we can be accommodated in comfort. Thank you.

Pizza Time Italian Restaurant
11504 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs, FL 33065
Menu: pizzatimecs.com


If you have a favorite restaurant to suggest, all suggestions are welcome. Please contact Melanie Fernandez @ 954-560-3706. Thank you.

Vista View Park

4001 SW 142nd Ave, Davie, FL 33330, USA

Please join us May 28, 2024, for the GCARA General meeting held on Zoom.

Rick has been a ham for over 60 yrs

We will learn about making satellite contacts and some theory.

Our Speaker this month, Rick Rosen K1DS, has over 65 years as a licensed and active Ham Operator.

He will introduce us to satellite contacts and give us some pointers on doing so.

During his long career of amateur radio, he as authored many articles for QST on EME and VHS Contest reports.

His varied experience will lend to his presentation I am sure. Drop in
and have a listen to an interesting speaker.

Submitted by Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT

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Come one, come all, to see what Ham Helpers has received in donated radio equipment. The Free Flea will take place at 2725 NE 14 Ave. Wilton Manors, 33334 from 8 am to 2 pm on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

It is open to all hams, family and friends. Free tailgating.

There will be an ICOM IC-7610 for auction with a starting bid of $750.00. The winning bid will be announced Saturday at 2 pm. Contact information : kennyh4600@gmail.com (ke4nc).

You must come and see what Kenny has scooped up in his trips around Florida. We will see you there!

Submitted by Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT

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