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.

January Propagator

Do you have something you want to share with the club that is ham radio related? Send it to Cy, K2CYS at by the 15th of the month.

Congratulations, Gary!

Congratulations to Gary Metzger, KB2RPW, who was awarded the First Place Plaque for the #1 spot in the NJ QSO Party. Gary was presented this plaque by Steve Ostrove, K2SO, ARRL Section Director. It was great having Steve present this plaque to Gary who worked very hard to achieve this feat. Congratulations, Gary!

The Shack is Open!

id 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
February Shack Times
Feb 1 – closed (MOY luncheon)
Feb 8 – Bob Buus
Feb 15 – Art Olson
Feb 22 – Denis Commette
Feb 29 - John King

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Get Your License

VE testing session January 25...Get your license this month!

The GSARA monthly on Saturday, JANUARY 25 at am AT THE RED CROSS BUILDING AT SHAFTO AND WEST PARK IN TINTON FALLS ACROSS FROM THE WAWA. 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 732-567-4396 or

GSARA Fashion

New Activities Committee

The club is happy to announce the formation of a brand-new committee which will be tasked with creating even more and exciting projects for the club with as much creativity as they can create. The New Activities Committee will create events that will engage club members and people interested in ham radio in fun and interesting events. Interested in being a part of this new committee? Let Art or Denis know.

Watch the Propagator and club website for news and updates.

Phil Festa, N2EDX, GSARA Ham of the Year Awardee

Phil N2EDX

The 2019 GSARA Member of the Year is our Chief Engineer Phil Festa, N2EDX. Phil has worked very hard over the past year in cleaning up the stations in the radio room of the Red Cross. He also was key in implementing remote operation of the IC-7300 via the Internet using free Remote Ham software.

A luncheon honoring Phil is on Saturday February 1, 1-4 pm. It will be at Huddy’s restaurant in Colts Neck. The cost is only $15 per person.

Swap and Shop

We have something new and very exciting.  If you go to this link, you can find things that other club members are selling or looking to buy.