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), 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 you will ever spend! Everyone is always welcome to any meeting.

Memorial Gathering for John, KC2YWL

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 26th at MOLLY PITCHER INN (NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE) in Red Bank between 1 and 4 pm.  Dress is casual.  Please be on time for apps, cocktails and lunch.  GSARA shirts are most welcome.  All GSARA members are invited and those who knew John are especially encouraged to attend.

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.  Simply fill out the online spreadsheet to let everyone know what you need or what you have and, when you make a match, email the other person and off you go.  Or, as we used to say in Canada....'Bob's your brother.'  And I have no idea what that means!

October Propagator

November Propagator

October Presentation: Wouff Hang

Bob, W2OD, presented the Wouff Hang (a take-off of the Wouff Hong) at the October meeting.  Thanks to Mike, KC2RRJ for the photo.

Hamfest a BIG Success

The Fall Hamfest was a big success with perfect weather, good food, good participation and lots of ham radio sharing and eyeball QSOs.  Many thanks to the many volunteers from GSARA that made it happen.

Additional congratulations to the 6 who took a VE exam.  All six passed what they came to pass and we have new Techs, Generals and Extras. Congratulations to all of you!

The Shack is Open!

Dyou 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.


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12 – John K
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Get your license!

The GSARA monthly on Saturday, OCTOBER 26 at 11 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