Field Day 2017

Field Day 2017

What: Field Day 2017

When: June 24th – 25th

Where: 6906 Tierra Verde St, Port Richey, FL 34668

Field Day, of recent times, has been held at EZ-Mini Storage.  However, do to the draught and sandy conditions, that location is not available this year. There were numerous attempts to find an alternate location to no avail.  So this years Field Day well be held at the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club’s Clubhouse. Parking is limited.  Those attending that can carpool will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

This year Field Day 2017 is being held on June 24th – 25th. The website for the ARRL Field Day is For club information contact Barry N2NVP at Field Day is open to all hams you need not be a member to join us for Field Day.

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Rap River Run

Rap River Run

When: June 10th, 2017

Where: Sims Park (Downtown New Port Richey) 6400 Circle Blvd. New Port Richey, FL

Please arrive no later than 6:00am at Sims Park or your assigned location. The first race begins promptly at 6:30am.

Hello Fellow Club Member,

Yea! The Rap River Run for 2017 is upon us once again.  This is a fun event and we always have a great time.

We’re looking for volunteers for the event. If you would like to participate in this event please contact Barry N2NVP at  These are opportunities where we get to put our Amateur Radio skills to work. Come join the fun.  Additional information will follow for this event.

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GCARC Current Business

GCARC Current Business

Up and Coming Events:

Rap River Run – June 10th, 2017

Field Day 2017 – June 24-25th

Fox Hunt


Needed Net Control Operators (Tues. Night Net) – Contact Jason KM4VHB at

Look for new ARES website coming soon.


ByLaws Committee: Ralph WA3YFQ, Norm K4NRM, Maureen KB2QNK

Standing Committees:

Communication Trailer/Equipment: Ralph WA3YFQ, Chris KC3CJU, Open

Clubhouse Committee: Open

Membership Committee: Maureen KB2QNK, Open, Open

Volunteer opportunities are needed for several committees.  If you have some time please consider donating your time and expertise. A club such as ours is only as good as our volunteers that donate their precious time.  Help support our club.

Please contact Barry N2NVP at if you wish to be a part of one of these committees or other areas you’d like to participate in.

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GCARC Annual Club Picnic

GCARC Annual Club Picnic

Where: Crews Lake Wilderness Park – 16739 Crews Lake Drive Spring Hill,  FL 34610 –  Pavilion 1

When: June 3rd, 2017 (tentative)

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Pavilion 1 available all day)

Cost: $2.00 Parking Fee (disabled free – must have placard or tag)

Hello Fellow Club Members and Friends,

It’s time again for the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club’s Annual Club Picnic.  It will be held at the beautiful Crews Lake Wilderness Park.  This year we will be located at Pavilion 1. While the picnic is officially from 10 am – 2 pm we have reserved the pavilion for the day.

Unfortunately the Trains will not be running that day.  I know that’s a bummer for those with small children.

GCARC requests each member bring a covered dish to the picnic.  The Club will be providing the Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. We’re looking forward to a large turnout with hopes of everyone having a fantastic time. Please contact Norm K4NRM at or 727-505-0024.

Covered Dish List (click to view)

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GCARC Picture Update

Hello Fellow Members and Visitors,

We’ve added some new pictures of our recent events. If you were there I know you had fun. If not then you’re missing out on the fun and comradery with your fellow club members.

Check out these Photos and enjoy:


  • Hamfest -> Ham Fest 2017
  • Luncheon/Dinner -> Apr Dinner 2017
  • Club Event -> Go Box Night 2017
  • Special Event -> Disaster Expo 2017

<<< Remember our “General Meeting” on April 24, 2017.  See you there. >>>




Pasco County Disaster Expo 2017

Pasco County Disaster Expo 2017

Date: April 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: downtown New Port Richey Sims Park
Address: New Port Richey, FL 34654

Hello Fellow Members,

This years Disaster Expo went off without a hitch.  We were up and running before 8:00 am.  Thanks to all that participated, helping with setup, teardown and talking to visitors.  Also thanks to all that stopped by. Your presence was most appreciated.

If you didn’t get to make it this year then plan for the next one.  There were quite a few emergency/disaster vendors on hand along with the seafood festival going on at the same time.

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Monthly Club Dinner (April)

GCARC Club Dinner

For Great Food and Fellowship

Where:  Golden Corral

When:  April 15th 2017 at 6:00 PM

Address:  8928 US 19 N, Port Richey, FL 34668


Hello Fellow Club Members,


The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club’s April Dinner
“Dear fellow club members, I want to thank everyone who was able to come to the dinner this past Saturday. I’m very sorry for my abrupt absence, but due to family stuff I needed to go home to South Carolina for a few days. I hope you all had a great time and we can make our next dinner even better. Thank you for being the best part of our club and I hope you all have a wonderful week! 73 and God Bless, Deven Gambrell”
God Bless You All and 73!
Deven Gambrell – KN4ABW

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GCARC Go-Box Night

  • A Basic Go Box

Hello fellow club members and friends,

The GoBox event at the clubhouse was very impressive.  A number of members brought in their GoBoxes for show and tell.  I’m sure we all have new ideas for our box.  New things to add and different ways of doing things.

Thanks to all that participated.  Didn’t get to make it this time?  Look for our next one.  Please support all our club events. We are only as strong as our members.


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New General Upgrades

General Upgrades

I’m happy and proud to announce at the ‘VE session held on March 1st at the Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club we now have two new General Class Ham Radio Operators. Both are members of GCARC and just completed our General Class Training Program.

First, Deven Gambrell – KN4ABW is now signing as KN4ABW / AG. Deven is also the youngest member of our club at 19. Way to go Deven. 

Second, Walter Hickman – KN4AYG is now signing as KN4AYG / AG. Walter is our newest member of our club. Congratulations Walter way to go! 


Michael Christopher W2IW 


Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club