Welcome to GCARA News for 21-FEB-2021


JOE NX4T 2021WFD RemoteHames.com

Communication Regarding Invoices

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, for member’s convenience the GCARA will be emailing invoices to members who haven’t paid dues for 2021. The invoices will be sent to the email the club has on file Saturday January 22. If you have any questions, or if do not receive an invoice, please email gcaratreasurer@gmail.com.


David Warner KB4ICU practical uses and demo of NanoVNA to
  • Tune an antenna
  • Measure the antenna coax
  • Find coax issues
Please join us for some virtual doughnuts and coffee and a fun night with radio! See you there. 73 Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT
    • CLICK SEFTN Announcement for 21-FEB-2021
    • CLICK November General Member Minutes
    • CLICK January 2021 President's Message
    • CLICK DMR Repeater Status
    • CLICK FL COVID-19 DashBoard
2020-10-24Wolfgang SnitsarKV4ATVVPN and Amateur RadioCLICK TO VIEW
2020-09-24Wolfgang SnitsarKV4ATVAmateur TelevisionCLICK TO VIEW
2020-08-24Joe McGeeNX4TRemote Station operationCLICK TO VIEW

Gold Coast ARA Monthly Meeting

TIME: Check-in 06:30 PM Meeting Starts 7.00PM

CLICK HERE to contact the President to be invited to Zoom Meeting.


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.

RE: Imperial Point Meetings
Due to the Sate of Florida Recommendations and those of the Health Department, we cannot yet meet in person at Imperial Point. Social distancing and sterilization necessitates a modicum of caution for such meetings to be held at the hospital. When we get the "all clear" we will inform the membership of the resumption of physical meetings. Meanwhile, it is hoped that all of our members stay healthy and stay safe.

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.

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 are welcomed.
  • CLICK January 2021 President's Message
  • CLICK November 2020 Board Minutes

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 CLICK HERE

These are the folks that support our club and we, in turn, support them. To visit our Sponsors CLICK HERE


1069 NW 53 St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: 954-491-7110

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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!

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