Our GOTA (Get On The Air) tent at Field Day will have both an HF radio and a 2 meter radio for folks to try their hand at amateur radio. Our GOTA team is headed by Mitch KE2BRG along with Jay W2FLK. Not only will our club receive points for GOTA contacts, but we will promote our hobby with active participation.

We could use two or three more hosts at the GOTA table, to explain our hobby, be friendly, answer questions, and act as control operators while others transmit. The GOTA tent will be led by Mitch KE2BRG and Jay W2FLK. You can help out from the comfort of your home – we will be initiating contacts on the club repeater (which don’t count towards our score) in order to demonstrate the concept of the repeater in amateur radio, and we will seek contacts on VHF simplex (which will count towards our score). You can listen and make that contact. The GOTA tent will operate from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday.

We are especially excited to offer an educational activity table this year for kids of all ages, led by Erin KE2CQB and Jean AD2EK. Maybe you are a current or former teacher or scout leader, or just enjoy promoting our hobby- we can use you at the table! The educational activity will be running from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday.

For both tables, you can sign up for one hour, four hours, or anything in between. Please contact me at WA2JOE@ARRL.net to be a part of the fun. You can also add your name on the club Field Day signup sheet online. Don’t miss out!.

And finally, one thing everyone in the club can do – spread the word and invite friends and family to our GOTA tent and education activity tent at Field Day.

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Field Day Month is Here              Field Day Month is Here              

So Field Day month has arrived. Is everyone ready?

Does anyone have any last minute questions, comments, concerns? If you are heading up an activity, you can go to the signup sheet and look at who has signed up for setup/takedown and if you need manpower, contact them directly.

The biggie is setup on Saturday at the warehouse… do we have enough people to load Rich’s trailer? Have we established a meeting time with everyone?

Are there questions from the antenna team on setting up the monopoles?

Now is the time to ask!

Marlo, KA2IRQ


GOTA: GET ON THE AIR AT FIELD DAY 2024! GSARA Field Day Is that a GOAT, the Greatest Of All Time? No, it’s a GOTA! I know what a GOAT is, you may say, but what’s a GOTA? It’s not a female GOAT. Just got your license in the past year? Did you pass your tech test at the morning VE session? Has your license expired? Are you thinking about getting a ham license, and maybe you have wondered what it’s all about? Have I got a deal for you! GOTA stands for Get On The Air, and we will have a GOTA table at our annual Field Day activity this year. The GOTA tent offers an opportunity for people to experience the thrill of amateur radio, [...]



Everyone is welcome to the meetings of the GSARA. We meet for the business meeting on the first Thursday of the month for the regular meeting and the third Thursday of the month for the business meeting at 7:30 pm (doors will open at 7 for schmoozing and socializing).You are welcome to both. In addition, before each meeting you will receive an email with a reminder and a Zoom link if you want to join us online. The meetings always take place at the Red Cross Building on West Park and Shafto Road in Tinton Falls.


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VE Questions?

We will be happy to answer any questions. Drop and email to Jay, W2FLK at jay.h.berkowitz@gmail.com




All testing (except June) will be at the Red Cross Building on Shafto and W. Park in Tinton Falls at 10 AM. The June VE session will be at the Field Day site at Palaia Park in Ocean.

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We are a group of men and women who have a uniting interest in Amateur Radio.  (What is Amateur Radio?)   Our club is friendly, engaging and meets regularly.  We have an active station at the American Red Cross Building in Tinton Falls and the club station is open to all members usually every Saturday for several hours.  The club hosts the W2GSA repeater (147.045 + with a PL of 67.0) and it is an open repeater.  You are welcome to use it.

Throughout the year, the GSARA has many events including, but not limited to:

  • Field Day
  • Autumn HamFest
  • Lighthouse Weekend Participation
  • Bike-a-thon Participation
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Monthly Online Coffee Klatch Informal Meetings
  • Club Build Events
  • Member of the Year Awards Lunch

Mark your calendars for June 22-23, 2024, for ARRL Field Day!  We have a lot of new club members this year who have not yet experienced the temporary insanity, I mean fun!, of Field Day.

Planning starts months prior to the event.  As such we put together a “committee” of people to head each task.  Just to be clear- this is just the team lead for each task.  On Field Day weekend, we need a lot more people for each job, so in May we sign people up to be on each team.  Right now, I just want to fill the leadership roles for each team.  (Some are already filled):

  • General Admin- Marlo, KA2IRQ and Ed, NN2D
  • Warehouse and Transportation
  • Antennas/Towers – Mike, N2MN
  • Tents
  • Power
  • Stations – Paul, AD7I
  • Computers – Art, N2AJO
  • Hospitality
  • Safety – Marlo, KA2IRQ and Ed, NN2D
  • VE – Jay, W2FLK
  • Bonus Points – Joe, WA2JOE
  • Training – Marlo, KA2IRQ
  • Accounting – Diana, KD2NAD

We will have several meetings at the Red Cross prior to Field Day, so you should be able to attend those (usually on a Saturday).If you’re interested in leading a team, send me an email and I’ll get you signed up.  In the event of multiple people for the same job, I’ll pick one for now but make sure the two of you get together.

Marlo Montanaro
Field Day Chairman

Every year in the autumn, the GSARA hosts a hamfest. There are always retailers and flea market offerings.  Watch the GSARA home page for details as they become available.Accordion Sample Description

Tuesday night net at 8:30 PM – GSARA repeater. Informal and fun and you don’t have to be a member of GSARA: REPEATER FREQUENCY W2GSA 147.045 (+) PL 67

Tuesdays at 8:00 pm: SSB on ten meters on 28.390 MHz. Even those with just a technician license can join on SSB. Everyone welcome!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MONTHLY Fusion Net – – GSARA repeater – Turn AMS off and use digital voice narrow. We love hearing people from across the globe through Wires-X. Join us! THE NEXT FUSION NET APRIL 24, 2024 at 7PM

THURSDAY NIGHT Coffee Klatch – Membership meetings first Thursday of each month at 7:30pm and Business meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30. Membership meeting will meet at the American Red Cross, 1540 W Park Ave, Ocean Township, NJ 07712

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