Welcome to the GSARA Website
Welcome to the Garden State Amateur Radio Association website.
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 CW (Morse Code), some like SSB (voice), others like to build things or use digital modes including Fusion and Wires-X or communication via amateur satellites and some just like the technical aspects of the hobby. 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. It is through this participation that the club keeps in touch with the innovations affecting our hobby and how these changes can be adapted to improve the experience for our members. Supporting the club entitles you to use the radio shack on Saturdays (it is usually open), have a vote on the direction of the club and participate in all club events. Membership helps the club maintain the radios, which include the repeater, purchase new equipment and maintain our radio room with up-to-date equipment.
Please join us and play a role in the ongoing communications revolution. It is the best $15 you will ever spend! Please feel free to attend any meeting and meet the men and women of the GSARA!
Sign Up to work the Hamfest
The September 22nd Hamfest is coming up and we need YOUR help in staffing the tables, taking tickets, staffing the gate, and so forth. PLEASE SIGN UP TO DO A TASK USING THE LINK BELOW. Everyone’s help is needed in making this a successful event. The link is live so you will be able to see who else has signed up and is instantly updated.
Events that need your help
Hamfest September 22nd ALL hands Needed Hamfest@gardenstateara.org
Twin Light Bike Tour September 30th 6-8 Operators Monmouth County Howard W2HTS@arrl.net
JDRF ( Juvenile Diabetes ) October 7th 3-6 Operators Avon Tom N2VFK@verizon.net
CROP Walk October 21st 6-8 Operators Red Bank Tom N2VFK@Verizon.net
Even if you are unsure of your skills operating, this should not be a concern as we will pair you with an experienced operator. Please help us help our community with these important events.
Get your license this month!
The next VE session will be on July 28 at 11 AM. The testing takes place at 11 am at the Red Cross building on Shafto and West Park in Tinton Falls. Testing is $15 and please bring your photo ID and, if you have it, your CSCE (if you already passed an exam).
What is Ham Radio?
Ham radio is for young people, too!
Are you a young person interested in the amazing hobby of ham radio? This link should be your first stop to get an idea of the exciting world you can be a part of!
How do you choose your first rig?
How do you know how to buy your first radio? There are so many choices and so many questions. Here is a good place to start.
Sharpen your skills – compete!
Now that you have your station up and running, how about getting involved in a contest? There are so many contests and any one will improve your skills no matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned contester. Use this link to get started, grab your coffee, and get on the air!
Where we are
GSARA is housed at the Red Cross Building on the corner of Shafto and West Park in Tinton Falls, NJ. Use this link for a mapquest map.