Welcome to the GSARA

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, repairing and restoring radio gear or that special something for the ham shack. 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. You are also welcome to all the meetings (online on Zoom for the moment) and having input into the programs and events that club holds. It is the best $20 ($25 for family membership) you will ever spend! Everyone is always welcome to any meeting.

Welcome Tim Duffy, K3LR

Welcome to contester extraordinare, Tim Duffy, K3LR who will be our guest presenter on May 6 2021. He will give his K3LR Story presentation.

Tim Duffy, K3LR, CEO of DX Engineering and member of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame is committed to giving back to the people who continue to make Amateur Radio thrive.

“Sharing insights and answering questions about the hobby we all love is one of my favorite things to do as a Ham,” Tim explained. “It’s part of the Elmering tradition dating back to the early days of Amateur Radio. The truth is, no matter how long you’ve been operating, you can always learn something new. Because of Zoom, making virtual QSOs and reaching out to the Ham community is easier than ever.”

Tim is a five-time World Radio Team Championship participant, recipient of the 2015 Amateur of the Year Award presented by the Dayton Hamvention® Awards Committee, and a 2016 YASME Excellence Award honoree. Read his full bio here.

Field Day 2021 planning is in full swing. We will have a hybrid Field Day this year both in the field at Palaia Park and at home for those who do not want to be outside due to the pandemic or any other reason. We will aggregate our club scores again so that we can see how everyone in the club is doing. Be sure to plan the last full weekend of June for this wonderful event.


Passing the VE torch

One of the signature services offered by the Garden State Amateur Radio Association is the Volunteer Examiner (VE) testing program.

As such, GSARA is committed to carry on the tradition of providing initial licensing examinations for prospective new hams and upgrade examination opportunities for those already licensed. It is a tradition that has withstood the test of time.

GSARA administered its first VE Test session on October 13, 2012 at 11 am., the second Saturday of the month. The session was held at the Red Cross building in Tinton Falls and Kevin, W2FA, was one of the organizers. At this session one person passed the exam to acquire his Technician license.

Subsequently, Richard Bilon, N3RB, was appointed to be the new liaison between the club and the ARRL and the first exam session under his leadership was conducted on August 17, 2013. Five persons passed their exams at this inaugural session. Since that time, Richard has been the liaison for 117 exam sessions, spanning almost eight years. This has been a great accomplishment for Richard, his team of VE examiners and for the Club as well. Please take a moment to thank Richard for all his hard work and dedication to the support of the ham radio community and for the Club. Later in the year, we plan a formal recognition for Richard’s contributions.

Richard is passing the torch, effective with the next scheduled VE session, to Roberto Mattos, AC2PD, who has been Richard’s trusted Lieutenant for the past several years. Roberto is experienced and well skilled in the execution of VE examinations and will be an excellent ambassador for the Club and liaison to the ARRL. Roberto will be assisted by Marlo Montanaro, KA2IRQ, to lead the new team of VE examiners. Please join me in wishing them all the success as they carry on the GSARA tradition of excellence.



Welcome to our new members:

Matt Coombs KD2VWG

VE Testing

If you are interested in getting your ham license, watch this page with GSARA updates into times and place.

Swap Shop

Buy, sell or trade gear.  Check the link below.  Find that item you really need or sell the item you no longer need.

Swap & Shop

Meeting Minutes

For all the minutes of the past GSARA meetings, use the link below.

Meeting Minutes


GSARA has branded shirts, light winter jackets and baseball caps that you can personalize with your name and callsign. The jackets are S-XL and are $60, 2-XL $62 and 3-XL $63. Caps are in blue or stone and are $21 and golf shirts in blue or stone are $25. Email Art Goldberg to order one today at agold42@gmail.com


Join GSARA or Renew

Use the links below to join or renew your GSARA membership.  Applications are reviewed and approved each month during the GSARA business meeting (which is the first meeting of the month).

Download App

Apply Online

Please Choose

Nets and Meeting

There are several nets that you are most welcome to join:

Tuesdays at 8:00 pm: SSB on ten meters on 28.390 MHz. Even those with just a technician license can join on SSB. Everyone welcome!
Tuesday night net at 8:30 PM – GSARA repeater. Informal and fun and you don’t have to be a member of GSARA: REPEATER FREQUENCY W2GSA 147.045 (+) PL 67
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MONTHLY Fusion Net – – GSARA repeater – Turn AMS off and use digital voice narrow. We love hearing people from across the globe through Wires-X. Join us! THE NEXT FUSION NET IS ON APRIL 14 AT 7PM
THURSDAY NIGHT Coffee Klatch – Membership meetings first Thursday of each month at 7:30pm and Business meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30. All meetings are via Zoom with an invitation sent out to members.
Sundays at 9:00 pm: 6-Meter AM phone on 50.405 MHz.

QRZ Your Picture?

If you wish, send Cy K2CYS your picture and callsign for the Members of GSARA page on the club website.  Send your pic to k2cys@arrl.net

Using Fusion

To use our Fusion repeater, please look over the protocols and guidelines by pressing the button below for guidance:

Using Fusion

Using the Remote System

The club’s IC7300 is connected online to RemoteHams and now available. Use the button below to read how to configure your station for use with the RemoteHams system.

Remote Hams

Connect with Discord

Join the GSARA Discord room and be a part of any number of rooms or discussions.

Contact Phil, N2EDX for your invitation to the GSARA Discord service


New Propagator Online

The March 2021 Propagator is now available for download or reading online. You can retrieve it from the button below. You can read it online or, if you wish, download it as a .PDF file.