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In memory of our club founder and good friend

Chuck Ritchie W4BUG SK


GCARA is an ARRL Approved SSC




GCARA Field Day 2013

Villages of Hillsboro Park - Deerfield Beach Florida

Many More Pictures at JoeyJet.com


Goodyear Special Event Station - April 28th 2012 - Pompano Beach Florida



Hillsboro Lighthouse Special Event Station - April 16 2011 - Lighthouse Point Florida



USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Special Event Station

November 13th 2010 - Port Everglades - Fort Lauderdale Florida



Happy Holidays Special Event Station

December 24th 2011 Rick Newmans Boca Raton Florida


Our Generic Club QSL Card


Field Day June 2011 - Villages of Hillsboro Park - Deerfield Beach Florida


Field Day 2010 - Villages of Hillsboro Park - Deerfield Beach Florida

Field Day 2009- Quiet Waters Park - Deerfield Beach Florida



Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association Inc.

The GCARA is a not-for-profit Amateur Radio club serving South Florida's Fort Lauderdale area. It is one of Florida's oldest, largest and most active radio clubs whose members' interests cover the entire spectrum of what the Amateur Radio Service has to offer. The club is a long standing member of the American Radio Relay League. It participates in Field Day, sponsors and operates special event stations for free on the Air. GCARA also provides public service communications for local organizations. The club participates in and encourages all aspects of Amateur Radio including license classes and exams to help people get started in this wonderful hobby.


The club's monthly meetings feature presentations on a wide variety of topics. Speakers are chosen from the many community resources available to us as well as from the club's membership. They are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month (No Meeting inDecember), 7:30 PM, in the auditorium of the Imperial Point Medical Center. It is located at 6401 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Club meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. Please check the club web site W4BUG.Org for further details.


GCARA offers all amateur radio license written tests. The test session starts before the club meeting at 6:00 PM sharp. Please bring a pencil, fifteen dollars (exact change will help) and a copy of you license if upgrading.


Come and join us for breakfast on Saturday mornings at 7:30 AM. Club members meet every week at JJ’s Café located at 6051 NW 31st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale (954) 977-4303 in the shopping center on the west side of 31st Avenue just north of the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.


All are welcomed to our 4th Annual Picnic. January 11th 2014. It will be held at the Villages of Hillsboro Park in Deerfield Beach.

The picnic will start at 10:00AM and run until 17:00 PM. Price is $10.00 per person. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Sausage, etc. All you can eat. BYOB. Sign up and pay at Mike's Electronics or Pay at the Park. Proceeds go to the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Club.


Field Day is an emergency preparedness exercise that takes place each year during the last full weekend of June. All are welcome.

The club's 2014 Field Day will be held on June28th and 29th. It will be at the Villages of Hillsboro Park in Deerfield Beach. Field Day is free,but, if you would like to eat and drink it is being offered @ $20.00 per person. Sign up and pay at the meetings or at Mike's Electronics - Fort Lauderdale - (954) 491-7110

The clubs's 2013 Field Day was also held at the Villages of Hillsboro Park in Deerfield Beach. We operated under class 2A with two HF stations. Pictures can be found on the GCARA facebook page.


VHF repeaters: 146.610 – DUP PL Tone 110.9 which is also linked to 442.500 DUP PL Tone 151.4 located in Pompano Beach. 146.820 – DUP PL Tone 110.9 located in Boca Raton. UHF repeater: 442.500+ (110.9) located in Pompano Beach. Our repeaters are open to all licensed radio amateurs.


In December 2007 the club installed both 440 MHz and 2 meter D-Star voice repeaters and a 1.2 GHz D-Star data repeater at our Fort Lauderdale site. The frequency for the 440 voice repeater is 442.200 with a +5 MHz offset. The 2 meter repeater is 145.340 – offset. The coverage of this system is primarily Southern Palm Beach County, and Broward County. All are welcome to use this system, but you must either be a member of our club or another club with a D-Star system in order to be able to register for use of the gateway. Please visit the GCARA D-STAR web site W4BUG.Net

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