Twice a year, ARRL offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth. Share the excitement with your kids or grandkids, a Scout troop, a church or the general public!
The next event will take place on Saturday, Jan 4, 2020.

On such a short notice anyone want to give it a shot, we can do it at my QTH , got the whole garage as a shack, 2 HF’s and 1 2mt and 2 ht’s dual band’s, or just wait till June’s if you want to give it a shot Jan 2nd 10-4 let me know ASAP and I can get some info out. ( I forgot about it )


This is what we have to do it’s not all about having meetings, we have to do projects, get all involved, we need class’s program s and so come let’s make 2020 a great year!
I would call your attention to a great article in the Jan 2020 QSTpp 66-69 on how the Nashua Area Radio Society “reinvented” itself to better serve its community. Tons of great ideas. They revamped their licensing program, worked with schools, created a “ham bootcamp” for new hams, hold monthly Tech Nights, have teams organize contests and field day. Once dwindling, Now they serve 230 persons.
Some of this we have stumbled upon in Alachua Cty by sheer guessing & perseverance.
Howard Michael (ARRL CEO) argues that “people now join causes, not clubs” — and our local ARES/NFARC group has a “cause” of equipping well-rounded and well-trained hams into readiness for service to their communities. One of the items integral to that is from 97.1 — developing a measure of technical expertise.
We found that most people have little experience with actual circuits, soldering, components. So we frequently do technical projects. Two are cooking right now: EMP destroys unprotected solid state closely related to an antenna. Transmitters are more difficult to protect than receivers. (It isn’t hard to protect a solid state receiver.) Thus we went with a tube amplifier, and now an arduino project is blooming to create low-duty-cycle tuning, and as a side benefit, a future electronic keyer! In another project, I’m resurrecting a cache of emp-proof heathkits for SSB/CW/Digital (a lot just for fun….) — and created a printed circuit board to make power supply refurbishment far, far simpler. Reduces a tedious mechanical job to simply (1) solder parts, (2) connect input/output wires, (3) mount pcb on standoffs, (4) done! That one is being fabricated in China literally today, arrives next week by DHL. The aduino tuner-keyer not quite there yet.
Even simple construction projects give your members chances to grow their knowledge and become more resilient in emergencies. Puerto Rico showed the need for some technical fluency.


GCARC Membership dues are due also, these due’s help us to keep going, and the other most important event’s that are a must for us to survive, if you have a event that you think can help, bring it to the club, I believe we can try anything to keep us above water, and again talk the club up, get folk’s interested!!!, There are for kinds of membership’s,, Regular, a licensed amateur, a Junior 18 or under, Associate not licensed ,open to all, and of course Family of a regular member, I know the dues are $25.00 for Regular members, if someone will let me know about the other’s, I have also made Membership Card’s up for 2020 you that have paid please let me know at the January meeting and get your card!!
Denny Hammond K8DLH


Ok member’s let’s make it a good one ok, Barry N2 NVP is chair of the event, he will need help from now and leading up to the Fest, so any help will be greatly appreciated, less all come together and make the club grow, get folk’s interested, get ham’s to up-grade, get ham’ or non ham’s to check our club out, talk it up, tell the many new things in  amateur radio to do for the young and old, let’s get guest speaker’s in about amateur radio or not, have  our member’s give there history about the radio experience’s, teach what they know how to do, antenna’s, CW, whatever it maybe, go out in the public like Walmart set a few things up during the week or week-ends , go to groups we did it up north and it worked rather well, getting into the schools is a big thing if we of course scouts too, hey let’s see what we can do OK, come to meeting’s, participate in our net’s Let’s Build Amateur Radio UP, When All Else Fail’s Ham Radio Work’s!!!!!!

We will have flier’s very soon so if you can help getting them out that will be appreciated!

If you can help Barry call or e-mail him

7 AM – 12 PM      $5.00 ENTRANCE

Gulf Coast ARC Spring Hamfest
Location: Millennium Academy
10005 Ridge Road
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Ham Fest
Talk-In: 146.67 (PL 146.2)
Public Contact: Barry Kevaney , N2NVP
Phone: 727-277-5794


                                        The November Elections were postponed until the  January 27, 2020  meeting.                                                                   This is it. ALL Gulf Coast members need to come to this meeting. This is the meeting where you will be electing people to fill the available positions in the club.
Board member – 1 year term
Board member – 2 year term
Do not sit back and wait. this is the most important meeting of the year. YOU can cast your vote ONLY if you attend the meeting.
Any questions or comments about the elections please email;
see you there.

ISS upcoming event

“borrowed from ABC action news website”



NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Do astronauts text their moms? Do astronauts work out? Have astronauts ever seen little green men?

In early March 2020, students at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey could ask NASA astronauts these very questions.

The school is one of just nine in the entire country that will communicate with the International Space Station using amateur radio.

“Space is one of those things that, no matter if you’re in chess club or a football player or a cheerleader, it brings us all together,” said teacher Linda Nowicki, who says almost every facet of River Ridge played a part in winning this special opportunity.

The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club will supply the school with the expertise and equipment to make contact with the ISS.

Students will submit questions to win a chance to directly chat with the astronauts.