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Join the GSARA and be a part of the Jersey Shore's premier ham radio club

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.

Chris, W2NQB GSARA Member of the Year Award

This year’s luncheon celebration for Chris Wantuck W2NQB, our 2018 GSARA member of the year will be held at Zachary’s Restaurant in Oceanport on March 2, Saturday at 2:00 P.M.

The cost per person (wives and friends are welcomed) is $22.50, in cash or check (made out to GSARA) and given to Treasurer John Chunga or to John KA2F or any officer.

The luncheon will include assorted appetizers, rolls and butter, salad, desert and a choice of entree (Chicken Marsala, Tilapia Francaise, Prime Rib–all with a side of pasta). Water, soda and iced tea are part of the meal.

Please do not wait. Get your order in as soon as possible.

John KA2F

February 2019 Propagator

Washington Updates

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

2019 Calendar

The GSARA calendar for 2019 is now available at this link:

New Ham Help

The GSARA will be starting a program in February that we are calling “New Ham Help”.  The idea is to contact people who have been newly licensed and invite them to a small group round-table discussion to give them info and support, to help them get on the air.  You can see more details on this page and sign up for help!

Get Your License this Month

Welcome to the World of Amateur Radio

Be part of radio fun

The GSARA monthly test session will be held at the Red Cross Regional Headquarters in Tinton Falls on Saturday, FEBRUARY 23 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


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Saturday Shack Time

Did you 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.

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!