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.

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GSARA YouTube Channel

GSARA has its own YouTube channel. Over the coming months we hope to feature this part of the club so that you can revisit presentations and events. Simply go to YouTube.com and search for gsara. That will take you directly to the channel.

Nets, Nets, Nets!

The GSARA has three formal nets every week and you are welcome to join any and all of them.

  • Tuesday Night FM net on the GSARA repeater – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday Night Coffee Klatch Online meeting and shmoozing time – watch your email for the announcement each week
  • Thursday Night Fusion Net on the GSARA repeater, digital side Voice Narrow 8:00 PM

There is also an informal 10 meter get together just before the Tuesday FM net and there are plans in the work to begin a 6 meter AM net!  Details of those two nets are forthcoming.  But, as you can see, there are ways to meet new people, ask questions, and get involved and on the air!

Online with Discord

As discussed at our August Zoom Business meeting you are being invited to participate with an experimental GSARA on-line community. If you choose to participate you are being asked NOT to use aliases but instead to use your first name and amateur callsign.

 

Go to www.discord.com and sign up (it’s free) and then search for GSARA and start communicating.

DOWNLOAD DISCORD HERE

VE Test Saturday SEPTEMBER 26

We have secured a new testing site which is out-of-doors and sheltered from rain, making it a SAFE location, thanks to all the suggestions made by more than a dozen members.

However, we will continue to meet test candidates outside the American Red Cross at 10:00 a.m. on testing dates where maps and verbal directions will be given to the new site.
The dates for testing are
  • September 26 10:00 a.m.
  • October 24 10:00 a.m.

September 2020 Propagator

The new August 2020 Propagator is now available for download or reading online. You can retrieve it from the button below.

Go to theSEPTEMBER 2020 PROPAGATOR

Club Membership Way Up!

GSARA Field Day

The efforts of the club to outreach to new hams, unaffiliated hams and getting them interested in GSARA are succeeding.  We are now over 120 members and we are actively going to engage these new members to get them involved and help them guide us into what they would like to see to make their ham radio experience exciting and challenging.

Wednesday Evening Online Coffee Klatch

Join us each Wednesday for our get-together Coffee Klatch. If you are a member of the GSARA, you will get an email each week with the Zoom Room. Come and shmooze, tell us how you are, what you are up to in ham radio and meet old friends and make new ones.

GSARA Swag

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 – and don’t forget to tell him how good a model he is!

agold42@gmail.com

Remote Hams System

The club has a wonderful feature available for members only.  The club’s IC7300 is connected online to RemoteHams which gives anyone with an internet connection and a computer the opportunity to work HF with the club’s antennas, no matter where you are in the world.  Use the button below to read how to configure your station for use with the RemoteHams system.

Go to theREMOTE HAMS INFORMATION

Propagation Predictions

Get on the Air!

Great Videos

Vince, KE2V, shares with us quite a nugget he found online: more that 300 videos on almost every subject in ham radio.  Take a look:
https://www.youtube.com/user/w2aew/videos?sort=dd&view=0&tag_id=

Congratulations!

Special thanks goes  to our GSARA VE team for another successful exam session held in the healthful Oakhurst Pavilion, August 22, 2020. VEs present were Art, Roberto, Don, Cy, Marlo, Bob and John, with Jay W2FLK as an observer and future VE.

One club member, Raakesh K2RAK, up-graded to General. Two others, Daryl Jensen and Richard Jenkowski, passed the Tech and General exams with outstanding test scores.  This was a good day for GSARA and a great day for ham radio.
John KA2F for the GSARA VE Team

Join or Renew

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.

Online Renewal with paypal
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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.

 Swap and Shop Page

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Meetings, Nets and Repeaters