GARS (Gainesville Amateur Radio Society)

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:

Gainesville Amateur Radio Society is sponsoring a get on the air event at the Waldo Emergency Operations Center (Waldo EOC) on Saturday the 23rd of September from 11 AM to 2 PM. Anyone interested in Amateur radio (Non amateur or amateur) is welcome to attend. Licensed amateur radio operators will be available to assist you in getting on the air and give you the chance of communicating around the world.
There will be four radio stations available covering both High Frequency (HF) and Very High Frequency (VHF).
New amateurs who may not have there station set-up or would like more experience can get on the air.
Come learn and experience Amateur radio. Learn how you can become an amateur radio operator and be prepared when cell phones and internet are not available during a disaster.
Waldo EOC is located on the second floor of Waldo City Center building.
We look forward to seeing you there.
If you want more information contact Mike at “”

2023 Summer Field Day happened June 24-25, the biggest event on the Amateur Radio calendar. We had a wonderful time at Waldo City Square. Even the weather cooperated.

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. What3Words: "bathtub.snooze.crispier", 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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Next GARS club monthly meeting Tuesday 10/17/2023 6:30pm. Also see special GetOnTheAir event. Details below.