GSARA Home Page 2017-12-12T21:04:56+00:00

Welcome to our Website

Welcome to the Garden State Amateur Radio Association website.

The GSARA is a ham radio club dedicated to the enjoyment of the hobby.  We have a very diverse group with diverse interests.  Some of us are interested in operating, some like CW (Morse Code), some like SSB (voice), others like to build things or use digital modes or amateur satellites and some like the technical aspects of the hobby.  We meet twice a month to share a program, meet old and new friends and share our latest ham radio conquests or achievements or simply ask a question.  We welcome new members to club all the time (the application is at the bottom of the page).  Supporting the club gets you the right to use the shack on Saturdays (it is usually open), have a vote on the direction of the club, participate in all our events.  Your membership helps us maintain the repeater (the info for the repeater is on this home page, too) and helps us to buy new equipment when necessary, maintain our radio room and preparedness, and even buy food for Field Day.  It is the best $15 you will ever spend!  Please join us for any meeting and meet the men and women of the GSARA!

Get your license this month!

The next VE session will be on December 23.  The testing takes place at 11 am at the Red Cross building on Shafto and West Park in Tinton Falls.  Testing is $15 and please bring your photo ID and, if you have it, your CSCE (if you already passed an exam).  Our VE team is professional and excellent and it will be a very comfortable environment in which to take your ham radio license test.

What’s in store for 2018

The GSARA has some great visions for 2018.  Here are some of them:

  • Expanded programs to involve all members of the club
  • Field Day
  • Lighthouse Weekend
  • Jamboree on the Air
  • Community event displays
  • Saturday shack opening
  • Operating contests as a club
  • Club building project day
  • Audio of the Propagator online
  • Emergency preparedness exercises
  • MS Bike-a-Thon
  • Outreach to youth groups for demonstrations
  • Engaging presentations during meetings
  • ….and all sorts of other ideas still in the planning stages

Santa Net 3916

Every year on 3916, we give good little boys and girls a chance to talk to Santa Claus at the North Pole!   It is indeed a magical experience to experience kids talking with Santa through the magic of Amateur Radio!

The Santa Net is on the air every night, November 24th through December 24th at 7:30 PM Central.

To participate in The Santa Net, just have your kids prepared to tell Santa their top 2-3 gift wishes.

A fun way to share ham radio with your family and friends at this time of year!

Check it out at this link.

December 2017 Propagator

Application Form

Become a member of the GSARA today!  You will have all the privileges of membership including access to the shack, programs and voting rights.  Join today!

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GSARA Nets, Repeater Info, Meetings


The meetings of the GSARA take place on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM.  Everyone is welcome.  And come at 7PM to shmooze and be with friends before the meeting.


W2GSA Repeater 147.045 + tone 67.0 hz
Echolink Node 562568
APRS Digipeater and Igate W2GSA-10 144.390
Winlink RMS Winmor Station W2GSA-5 40 meters 7.089 mhz

RACES / ARES 1st and 3rd Monday 8PM
GSARA Net Tuesday 8:30PM all welcome
QCWA Net Tuesday 9PM all welcome

Propagator Back Issues

The Propagator back issues are online at the Propagator link.  Thanks to Bob, W2OD, who had them stored digitally, they have all been uploaded to the GSARA site.  Each can be viewed online in .pdf format or downloaded, if you wish.  The page will take some time to propagate (no pun intended) since they are .pdf files that are actually showing and not just links.  Let your cache fill up.  Thank you to Bob for providing the files and this archive will remain a permanent part of the website.

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of the GSARA meetings will now begin appearing online each month.  They will reside in the Members Only Page and can be accessed that way.  Please go to that page for the latest minutes.  The archives of the minutes can be found here.

Constitution and By-Laws

Are you a young person interested in the amazing hobby of ham radio?  This link should be your first stop to get an idea of the exciting world you can be a part of!

How do you know how to buy your first radio?  There are so many choices and so many questions.  Here is a good place to start.

Now that you have your station up and running, how about getting involved in a contest?  There are so many contests and any one will improve your skills no matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned contester.  Use this link to get started, grab your coffee, and get on the air!

Where we are

GSARA is housed at the Red Cross Building on the corner of Shafto and West Park in Tinton Falls, NJ.  Use this link for a mapquest map.

Contact us