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 HAMNEWS!!!!

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

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Radio Science Class (click)




Brunswick now has a VHF Node to access WINLINK:  

The callsign is K0TCM at 145.050 MHz.



                        2021 club dues ($10) are payable now.



GARA Club officers for 2021 were elected during the December 2020 business meeting:

Vice President: Ms Billie Whitaker-KB8TRH (Incumbent)

Secretary: Mr Ron Bateman-KW4DM (Incumbent)

Treasurer: Ms Pat Wallace-KB4GMU (Incumbent)

Webmaster: Mr Mel Hayden-WE8J (New position)

           Congratulations to our new GARA Club President:

                          Angie Hayden (W8ANG)














QST magazine (Dec 2020) has published results of the 2020 Field Day event.  GARA had five participants with an Aggregate score of 3258!  That is a great score and thanks to all the communicators who made the fun happen in challenging times!



Winter Field Day (2021) will take place 30-31 January.  Locally, Club members can participate at the Blythe Island Regional Park.  (Lake shelter inside the campground area across from campsite #12.)  Social distancing protocols will apply.


                      DAVE LACKEY MEMORIAL AWARD (K8CQ)

At the January 2021 business meeting, the GARA Club  awarded the annual Dave Lackey Memorial Award with Congratulations to Mr Wayne Greene (KB4DSF) ! The award was presented by club President Ms Angie Hayden (W8ANG).  Wayne exemplifies the true spirit of this award directing his time and energy in advancing Amateur Radio in the Golden Isles.  Wayne is a long time and avid Ham who combines that with his talent and passion for teaching.  He teaches radio science classes with emphasis on amateur radio to those interested in the hobby.  Wayne is responsible for many new Hams of all ages obtaining their FCC Amateur radio license. Wayne is past President of the GARA Club during which time among his accomplishments he established the club By-laws, the club 501(c)3 filings, established the club bank account and conducted GARA Club nets. During club meetings, he brought in guests to to speak on subjects of interest to the Ham community. Wayne is a valuable member of the GARA Club and exemplifies the best of Amateur radio!  Many thanks, Wayne!

 Field Day 2021
     26 - 27 June