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Saturday Open Shack

Opportunities for Public Service



Club Building Projects


Youth Outreach

Social Events

Engaging Meetings

The Garden State Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (GSARA) is a ham radio club dedicated to advance the art, science and enjoyment of amateur radio. We have a very diverse group with varied interests. Some of us are interested in operating, some like different modes of communicating and some like building. We meet twice a month to share a program, meet old and new friends, share our latest ham radio conquests or achievements or simply ask a question.

We welcome new members to our club and encourage their participation in club activities. Supporting the club entitles you to use the radio shack on Saturdays (it is usually open), have a vote on the direction of the club and participate in all club events and make face-to-face connections with other hams. It is the best $20 you will ever spend! Everyone is always welcome to any meeting.

May Propagator

Fashion at GSARA

Thanks to Mike W2MJP and Art W2NAZ, new style hats and shirts are available to all members.

Cost is $21 for Hats and $25 for Shirts, in your choice of Blue or Stone color.

To place your order, send Art an email with your name, call sign, size (for shirts) and color. Payment will be due when hats and shirts are delivered.

Pictures of shirts were not available; however, they have a collar, two buttons at the neck, and short sleeves and are of quality material.

President Art N2AJO urges you to proudly wear your club hat and shirt, especially at radio events, to make the public aware of amateur radio in action.

Meeting Presentation

Denis, K2NPT, is now videoing the presentations at the club so, in case you missed it, you can see it from the link and video below.  Enjoy!

This month: Multi-Media Mesh Networking / May 1, 2019

The Shack is Open!

Dyou know that as a member of GSARA you can come in on Saturdays and use the shack, find that missing resistor you need, and generally share some ham radio time with some friends?  Every week, an email is sent to the club members with a time that the shack will be open.  Take advantage of it.  Shack open times are 10-1.

May 18 – Denis
May 25 – Roberto
May 18 – John K
May 25 – Roberto M
June 1 – Art O
June 8 – John K
June 15 – Denis C
June 22 – Shack closed for Field Day
June 29 – Roberto M

2019 Calendar

The web page for the GSARA calendar for 2019 is now available at this link

Get Your License this Month

The GSARA monthly test session will be held at the Red Cross Regional Headquarters in Tinton Falls on Saturday, May 25 at 11 am.

The fee is $15 and you should bring the original and a copy of any amateur license presently held and the original and one copy of any credit (CSCE) forms that you have (copies will be sent in with your test results).  Also bring 2 forms of ID with one being a photo ID.  For more information, contact Rich Bilon, N3RB at 732-972-1397 or

Field Day 2019

Make your plans to join the club for Field Day this year at Joe Palaia Park in Ocean Township.

Lots of operating time available.

Family Picnic on Saturday before the contest begins

Bob at the mic in Studio 6.

Sign up sheet will be available soon. Watch the website and the Propagator for details


What is Field Day?

Click on this picture to see a short video about Field Day.

FD Signup Sheet

The Field Day sign up sheet is ready and is now posted online.  Pick your times and your stations.  Don't forget to include your callsign on the sheet.  Also, we will need help setting up and tearing down on Saturday AM and Sunday PM even though it is not on the sheet.  You can sign up at this link.

Field Day Checklist

As Field Day approaches, now is the time to get ready for this 24 hour contest/non-contest.  Never been to Field Day?  Want to check it out?  Just want to visit?  You are most welcome!  But use this cool checklist to help you get ready:

  • Enthusiasm to put points on the board
  • Willingness to help set up and take down
  • A strong voice (for SSB) or a supple wrist (for CW)
  • A desire to make new GSARA friends and build new relationships
  • An appetite
  • A way to deal with crowded band conditions, lousy propagation, and the ability to laugh it off!

This Just In....

Word around the campfire is that Stella Stanway, wife of K2CYS (she doesn't like being called an XYL!) is going to provide breakfast for the club on Sunday morning.  Stella has some wonderful ideas that she is working on and it will make the Sunday meal something special.  We hope you will be there!

We got to hurry up and fix this radio!

There're only a short time until Field Day with GSARA at Palaia Park!

Joe Palaia Park - Ocean Township
Countdown to Field Day 2019

Get Your License this Month

Welcome to the World of Amateur Radio

Be part of radio fun

Ham radio is for young people, too!

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 choose your first rig?

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.

Sharpen your skills - compete!

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!

Washington Updates

There are always things happening in Washington pertaining to radio.  Use this link to keep up with all the news.