GARS (Gainesville Amateur Radio Society)

The public and club members are invited on April 20th when GARS will host a Tech Day/Get on the Air event at the Waldo City Square.
Join us from 1pm-4pm: bring your gear that needs trouble shooting, new equipment you need help using and/or spend some time on the club radios - no license needed: we will show you what to do. It’s a fun way to spend a Saturday.
Kids with adults are welcome.

Our Next Club meeting (open to anyone) will be held Tuesday, March 19th. See details on this page.

GARS club meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. The in-person meeting will be located at:
       Trinity United Methodist Church, Room 211
       4000 NW 53rd Ave
       Gainesville, FL 32653
These will be hybrid meetings so you can also attend via Zoom at:

The 2024 Florida QSO Party will be held April 27 & 28. We sure hope you'll join us by activating your FL HF stations – home, club, school, mobile and expedition all welcomed.
Let’s make all 67 counties RADIO-ACTIVE!
More details here

GARS members had a great Winter Field Day at the Waldo City Square, January 27-28th. See our Facebook page for updates and photos. We made several hundred contacts using Voice and Morse Code. New Hams got on the air while our more experienced folks mentored and encouraged.

Hamcation in Orlando was February 9-11th (Friday thru Sunday). Several members went to see all that Amateur Radio has to offer - and spend their extra cash...

Mark your calendars now! ARRL Summer Field Day 2024 is June 22-23rd. Go to for general information about this great event.

Please check our Facebook page for current news, events and related stories, on the Gainesville Amateur Radio Society Page. We are updating our webpage, so check back frequently.

Other than monthly club meetings, most GARS activities take place at the Waldo City Square, located at 14450 NE 148th Avenue, Waldo - 15 minutes north of Gainesville. Google map reference: 29°47'29.5"N 82°10'10.5"W, or "29.791532, -82.169591".

Looking for a helping hand to explain specific radio interests? Email to You will receive a response from a volunteer.

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Tech/Get on the Air Day Apr 20th at Waldo, Everyone Welcome. Next GARS club monthly meeting Tuesday 3/19/2024 6:30pm. Next local FCC license testing is 1pm Saturday April 6th (see "Testing" below)