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GSARA Fusion & Analog Repeater
You are welcome to use our C4FM (WIRES-X) repeater and our FM Analog repeater. Click here for details on using Fusion.
W2GSA Repeater 147.045 + tone 67.0 hz – FM and C4FM (Fusion/WIRES-X – Room 43360)
The club has monthly VE sessions where you can take your test or upgrade. Watch this space for monthly details or contact Roberto Mattos at email@example.com
This Month’s Propagator
The October 2021 Propagator is now online. To download a .PDF, go to the dropdown ‘Propagator’ menu on the top of the page. To read the Flipbook, click below to view it in full screen
For now, the meetings for the GSARA are on Zoom as we are protecting ourselves and each other from the COVID-19 virus. We hope to meet live and in person very soon. Meanwhile, if you would like to join us and are a member, you will get an email from Art, N2AJO with the Zoom info. Not a member? No problem, email Art from this link and ask him for the info.
Nominations for Officers
Nominations for GSARA officer positions are now open. The nominating committee is preparing a slate that will be announced at the Oct 21st 2021 business meeting. Nominations maybe made in writing to the Nominating Committee prior to the Business meeting in October or may be made from the floor at the business meeting in October 21st.
Some GSARA members have made significant contributions or given extraordinary service to our club this year and you are invited to nominate ONE person worthy of celebration as Member of the Year. This award is open to all members, including officers and trustees; however, it should not be given to the same person more than one time in a 5-year period. Previous winners were Bob Buus W2OD 2014, Cy Stanway K2CYS 2015, Rem Hunnewell K2REM 2016, Jim Griffiths K2EI 2017, Chris C. Wantuck W2NQB (SK) 2018, Phil Festa N2EDX 2019, & John King KA2F 2020.
Usually, a plaque is awarded to the winner at an honorary luncheon for all members held in a local restaurant. This year circumstances may require a different arrangement.
Your nominations will be reviewed by the club officers who will select the winner and at the November business meeting our Member of the Year 2021 will be announced.
From now to Thanksgiving is a great time to inspect and repair your existing antennas as well as install any new antennas. When we move into colder months the ambient outdoor temperature will make it difficult to work with insulating and waterproofing tapes and other materials, to say nothing of your hands getting stiff from the cold.
If you need assistance with your antenna projects please let me know and I will try to find other club members in your area to help you. Please keep in mind that GSARA volunteer efforts to assist you with antenna work will most likely be ground-work only. If you need someone to go on a ladder or on your roof, your best bet is to hire a handyman or roof-repair person for the task and you can expect to pay $150 to $400 for that, depending on the nature of the work.
If you are a new ham and are unsure how to proceed, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. My goal is to respond to all emails within 48 hours, so if you don’t hear back from me then be sure to check your spam folder.
73, Paul Newland, ad7i
CW Contesting Suggestions
John King, KA2F has written an excellent post about CW (Morse Code) Contesting. We have more and more people in the club interested in CW and CW contesting and John has put on his professor’s cap to lead us to CW contesting excellence. Click here to go to the page.
The GSARA is an amateur radio club on the Jersey Shore in Tinton Falls, NJ. It is a club with a great diversity of people, interests and skills. We welcome everyone, regardless of their ham radio or electronic experience. We love to help each other to get the most out of the hobby. Please join us for any of our events, meetings and become an active member of the club.
GSARA: Celebrating 50 Years as a Member Club of the ARRL
The 2022 dues are due. Please renew below and choose ‘Renew’. To join, use the ‘Join’ option. Please fill in an application below, as well.
No. All you need is to be interested in amateur radio and you will be invited and encouraged to take part in all club activities. Of course, to operate in the shack, you will need a license if you are operating without a properly-licensed amateur in the shack with you.
You will be a part of a very active club that is friendly and welcoming. We have many events throughout the year including HamFests, Ham of the Year celebrations, an open shack for you to operate from, stimulating general meetings which always have an interesting program, professional business meetings, testing sessions for hams wanting to upgrade or get a new license, Field Day, equipment loaning program, Elmering program, and much more.
Yes! The members of the club have a wide variety of ham radio and technical expertise. Everyone is most enthusiastic to help you with your next project or explain something to you. We have many technical experts, to be sure. But we also have people who operate in the full spectrum on ham radio: digital modes, radio astronomy, Morse Code, single sideband phone, AM, amateur television, public service events, contesting, building their own equipment and using ham radio with computers. If you have an interest in something, the chances are pretty good someone can help you get started or be a sounding board for your own ideas.