Welcome to the GARA. 




Welcome to the Glynn Amateur Radio Association (GARA) website.  GARA is a club of FCC licensed Amateur radio operators located in the Brunswick, Georgia area.  We are also known affectionately as "Hams".  Brunswick is located on  the  southeast Georgia coast situated in Glynn county on the Atlantic Ocean.  Included are Saint Simons Island and Jekyll Island and this area is often referred to as the "Golden Isles."  Adjoining counties include McIntosh, Wayne, Brantley and Camden counties.

The GARA Club owns and operates a 2 meter FM repeater licensed as WX4BWK which is located on the Sydney Lanier Bridge.  GARA conducts a weekly net each Thursday evening at 7pm eastern time.  Repeater frequency is 145.330 MHz with a tone of 131.8 Hz.  Duplex offset is negative 600 Hz.  The repeater can also be accessed on Echolink node 903179 (WE8J-R).  The repeater and Net are open to all licensed Hams.  Of course, a license is not required just to listen.

GARA Club meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at MoonDoggy's Pizza restaurant in Brunswick at 6pm eastern time.  Our Ham "Social" occurs on the last Friday of each month at 6pm eastern time usually at Hardee's.  All Hams and those interested in the hobby are invited to attend.

Please feel free to look around our site and click on the provided links for more information.  If you are interested in joining the GARA Club, please click on the "JOIN" button for more details.

               Please click on the NEWS button above for Ham Radio happenings


                          HOT HAM NEWS!!!!

James Perkins of Hardeeville, SC (W4SWV), tested a man-portable amateur station on the very southern tip of Jekyll on 15 March.  The antenna he used was a self designed and built resonant vertical on 40 meters that weighs about 7 pounds.  He will conduct his main man-portable operation on one of our beaches at the end of this month (March) and hopes to have young people come out so he can describe his setup and antenna.  He hopes he will help inspire our younger generation to consider technical and engineering careers.




Thanks to the suggestion and editing work of John A. (W8GZF) and his son, Jim, using a template provided by the EGARA club in NY, we are pleased to provide an informational guide for newly licensed Hams.  Chocked full of relevant information, it is a good resource for new and not so new Hams!  Check it out by clicking the "NEW HAM KIT" button on the left.


ANNOUNCEMENT:  Radio Science Class (click)




-- Our next GARA Club business meeting is scheduled for Monday, 8 March 2021 (6pm) at Moondoggy's Pizza on Canal Road in Brunswick.  Social distancing protocols will apply.  Y'all come!


-- Our monthly Hamburgers For Hams social event "Eating Meeting" returns!  It will be held on Friday, 26 March at 6pm at Hardee's in Brunswick.  Membership is not required.  Social distancing protocols will apply.







 Field Day 2021
     26 - 27 June