Welcome to the GARA. 

                                                                       

GREETINGS Y'ALL FROM COASTAL GEORGIA!

 

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

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                          HOT HAM NEWS!!!!

ARRL Field Day 2021 (26-27 June)

Locally, the GARA Club will participate in Field Day at Blythe Island Regional Park, Shelter #5.

ARRL COVID-19 Field Day day rules apply again this year.

Friday evening (25 June), We will meet at Hardee's for dinner at 5pm. After dinner, we will travel to the Field Day site for antenna set-up.

 

 

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-- GARA Club President, Ms Angie (W8ANG) and Mr Glenn, (W4ULB) have obtained an official FCC call sign for a new Brunswick Georgia Hospital Net repeater. Work on establishing the UHF/VHF repeater is in process.  Once the Brunswick repeater is operational, the call sign will be KO4QAJ.  GARA Club is the call sign custodian.  The current plan is obtain a D-Star mode radio and hardware from ARES, et al.  The antenna will be mounted on a Camden County government communications tower in Woodbine, GA at 250 feet Height Above Terrain (HAT). Camden County will also provide the tower climbing and antenna installation service.

 

More details regarding the Brunswick Net and future plans for a separate hospital Net for Camden Campus, Saint Marys, GA to follow.

Click here for information about Georgia hospital emergency communications and Amateur Radio:

https://gaares.org/docs/HospitalTeamOverview-2019a.pdf

 

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-- AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE (ARES)

Our area does not have an ARES representative.  To volunteer, click here:

https://www.gaares.org/join_ares.php

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 Field Day 2021
     26 - 27 June