Dawn WA4YL on HamRadioNow.tv

While at this years Hamcation in Orlando Florida. Gulf Coasts Amateur Radio Club’s own Dawn Randazzo WA4YL was on one of the most popular TV shows on the internet.Ham Radio Now.




While on the show she spoke about how she first got into ham radio. Dawn, accompanied with her friends Catherine AC4YL and Melanie AG4YL, go on to talk about women in Amateur radio.  For more information on women in ham radio go to http://www.ylrl.org/



Volunteers needed for race event

Looking for volunteers to help out covering a race in San Antonio,FL
no experience necessary
All you need is to volunteer for a couple hours in the morning. If you do not have a radio I can Supply you with an HT.
Please email Gary Mentro N3OS for volunteering


I just want to remind everyone that we have a few events requesting our assistance with communications over the next couple of months.

The event is the Gran Fondo, March 25th. The usual route with the same site assignments available to all that want the same as prior years. This bicycle race covers 100 miles through Pasco, Hernando, & Citrus Counties; and it goes all day long but most assignments require less than four hours with starting times based on cyclists’ anticipated arrival at each site. I sure could use everyone’s help. If you already signed up, Thank You, and if you’ve been holding off or forgot please sign up as soon as possible. A great deal of man/girl-power is needed. If you want to help as a SAG unit or Tail-gunner please be sure to tell me that in your email.

The event gets you a shirt and a fairly good meal as well if you want it. The past two years the catered meal was at The Total in San Antonio.

In your email to me (n3os@arrl.net) please indicate your name, your CALLSIGN, your cell number, and your shirt size. If you have limited availability for the Gran Fondo please indicate the times and I will see if I can make those work for you so you can join in the fun. IT IS FUN!

Thank you all for stepping up to keep others safe as they participate in these charitable events.


Gary N3OS
Pasco County RACES Radio Officer

Citrus Tour Bicycle Race 2018

DATE: Mon Feb 19 15:20:22 EST 2018
The Citrus Tour is a 2 day bicycle event in Polk County Florida and is the largest fund raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Central Florida. We average between 800 to 1,000 bicycle riders every year.
Proceeds from this event go to research to find a cure for MS and to helping local families effected by MS.
Amateur radio volunteers provide ALL communications and route support for this event. Most of our amateur radio volunteers have been working this event for years and some come from as far away as Miami.
Whether you want to go out and use your new amateur license to meet other HAM’s or you want to get involved with emergency communications, the Citrus Tour is the place to be.
The Citrus Tour has many experienced HAM’s that are willing to help you learn the hobby and it is the closest you can get to disaster communications training without the disaster. We run a fully directed net with tactical call signs, we track units using APRS and handle priority and emergency traffic during this two day event.
• Rover Unit A rover unit is a mobile unit (personal vehicle) operated by an amateur radio operator on the course that is unable to transport bicycles & riders.
• SAG Unit (Support and Gear) A SAG unit is a mobile unit (personal vehicle) operated by an amateur radio operator on the course that can transport bicycles & riders.
• Greenway Unit (Support and Gear) A Greenway unit is a pickup truck supplied by Greenway Ford in Orlando operated by an amateur radio operator on the course. They transport bicycles & riders and are typically the first units on the course and the last units off. (Greenway’s are subject to availability).
• Logistics Support Amateur radio volunteer driving Rest Stop supply trucks provided by the MS Society to support a rest stop.
• Shadow Unit A Shadow unit is an amateur radio volunteer that riders with a member of the MS Society staff or a bicycle mechanic to provide a direct radio link to that person during the event.
• Passenger (Radio Operator, non-driver) A non-driving amateur radio passenger who rides in a mobile unit to provide radio communications for that unit so the driver can concentrate on the road.
• Rest Stop Communicator An amateur radio volunteer stationed at a rest stop to communicate the needs and status of that rest stop.
• Command Post Staff An amateur radio volunteer stationed at the Command Post to assist with primary and/or secondary net control.
• Start / Finish Line An amateur radio volunteer at the starting line or finish line and providing radio communications for their position.
2018 BikeMS Citrus Tour Routes
• 50, 75 & 100 Mile Courses leave Fantasy of Flight in Polk City and end at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate SUNDAY May 6th.
• 20 Mile Course leaves Fantasy of Flight in Polk City and ends at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City • 50 & 75 Mile Courses leave the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate and end at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City.
If you would like more information on how to get involved with the Citrus Tour or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, visit our website at www.citrustour.org and go to the contact us page. We will direct your inquiry to the proper person.
Local NMSS Office National Multiple Sclerosis Society 4919 Memorial Hwy—Suite 103 Tampa, FL 33634 (813) 889-8303
There is something for every ham operator to do!
If you planning on helping both days please make sure to register for both days!
Saturday – Please Register here:http://hillsboroughares.org/event/5796/

GCARC Spring Hamfest 2018

Hello Everyone,

The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club is once again preparing for their annual Spring Hamfest for 2018.

When: March 17th, 2018

Where: 10500 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, FL 34652 (Millennium Academy)

Time: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm (VE Testing 9:00 am)



2018 Dues

Hello Members of GCARC,

It’s that time again for us to pay our 2018 Dues.  I’ve paid mine! This is an important time for us as it allows us to pay our bills and make repairs to our club house.  We can’t survive without your help and support.  Checks for dues may be sent to:



Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club
Attn: Treasurer
P.O.Box 595
New Port Richey, FL 34656-0595

Again the Officers and Directors of Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club appreciate your help and support.

<<< Pay Dues – See You at the next General Meeting >>>

GCARC – New Officers / Directors

Hello Fellow Club Members,

On November 27th, 7:00 pm the club elected new officers and directors for the 2018 – 2019  2 year term.  Listed below are your new and existing officers and directors. Please be sure to congratulate them as these positions take a lot of time and effort and we are all volunteers:




President – Norm K4NRM (2018 – 2019) [Elected Nov 27th, 2017]

Vice President – Ralph WA3YFQ (2017 – 2018)

Secretary – Frank KN4EPU (2018 – 2019) [Elected Nov 27th, 2017]

Treasurer – Maureen KB2QNK (2017 – 2018) – [Completing position for Bob N7RCB – Approved unanimously by GCARC Board and confirmed by Club Members.]

Immediate Past President – Barry N2NVP (Indefinite)


Director – Chris AA4CB (2017 – 2018)

Director – Denny  K8DLH (2017 – 2018) – [Completing position for Jason KM4VHB – Elected Nov 27th, 2017]

Director – Roy KM4OR (2018 – 2019) [Elected Nov 27th, 2017]

Director – Chris KC3CJU (2018 – 2019) [Elected Nov 27th, 2017]


<<< Congratulation New Officers and Directors >>>

GCARC Christmas Party 2017

Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club

Christmas Party

December 10th, 2017

Hello Everyone,

The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club Annual Christmas Party will be on December 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Club members are requested to bring a covered dish and notify Maureen KB2QNK at keavme@msn.com as to the number of people they are bring along with what dish.

During the party the newly elected officers will be sworn in.

The annual Christmas Party is always great. It allows us to reflect on our accomplishments for the year and give the newly elected officers our support and commitment.

<<< Contact Maureen at keavme@msn.comSee You There!!! >>

PSK Digital Class

PSK Digital Mode Class

When: September 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm (1300 hrs)

Where: GCARC Clubhouse (see About Us)

Instructor: Ralph McCullough WA3YFQ


Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club will be presenting a PSK Digital Mode class at the clubhouse on September 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Ralph McCullough WA3YFQ will be the instructor.  IF you’ve been thinking about learning PSK this will be your opportunity.