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), operate the remote station in the clubhouse, 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 ($25 for family membership) you will ever spend! Everyone is always welcome to any meeting.
Sign Up to Use the Remote for FD/Let us Know if You are Going to Operate FD/Ask Questions
If you plan to use the RemoteHams for Field Day, you are welcome to do so. Please sign up at the following link so everyone who wishes, can have a go. Also on this page, let us know if you are planning to operate FD and/or ask a question so we can give you the help you need.
Using N3FJP for FD? Set it up!
Do I have to be licensed to be a part of GSARA?
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.
What are the advantages of joining GSARA?
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.
I am not too technical – will I understand what’s going on?
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.
How much is membership?
Membership is $20 ($25/family membership) a year. If there is financial hardship, the club will help out any way it can. The money is used to support the many programs at the club including costs associated for Field Day, equipment acquisition, food, Ham of the Year expenses, website maintenance, etc.
June 3 Program Presentation
Here is the video of the Zoom meeting with our special guest, Jim WB2REM on his DXpeditions and some of his experiences. Worth watching!
This Month’s Propagator
The new June 2020 Propagator is now available for download or reading online. You can retrieve it from the button below. Remember, you can send in any article and pictures of your ham radio adventures for the Propagator. Share with the rest of the club what you are doing, especially in this time of quarantine. Enjoy the May Propagator and stay healthy and safe!
Swap and Shop
We are offering this free page for club members and other hams to swap, borrow, buy and sell equipment. Feel free to use it at will. If you go to this link, you can find things that other club members are selling or looking to buy.
Join or Renew Your Membership
Paying online has become very popular at the GSARA. It is convenient, fast and easy. You can join as well as renew. Just choose the correct dropdown.