Welcome to PCARS

The Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society (PCARS) is located on the central east coast of Florida in the city of Melbourne. PCARS has been in existence for over 55 years and includes more than 125 members.

Melbourne Hamfest

PCARS signature event each year is the Melbourne Hamfest. For 2021, the Melbourne Hamfest will host the annual ARRL Florida State Convention. See the printable Hamfest flyer from the link on the left sidebar of this site. You can also check out the event page on the new PCARS website for details.

PCARS Monthly Meetings

PCARS club meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Coffee, cookies, and cake socializing starts at 6:45pm followed by the program at 7:00pm. Club business is conducted immediately following the presentation of the program. All licensed amateur radio operators and other interested parties are invited to attend.

PCARS meetings are held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) facility located at 3201 Dairy Road in Melbourne. The VFW building is painted bright blue and there is a tall large diameter flag pole at the rear of the facility. Parking on the grass is ample, just be careful not to park on the large mound that covers a former septic tank!

You can get to the VFW from US192 by driving south on Dairy Road for 1.2 miles (the VFW is on your left), or from Palm Bay Road by driving north on Dairy Road for 1.8 miles (the VFW is on your right).


Test Site Location and Additional Testing Information

The PCARS class is free...

PCARS Quarterly Tailgates

All amateur radio operators and radio enthusiasts are invited to swap, sell, or purchase ham and electronics gear. All amateur radio and related technical items and gear are welcome.

Unless the owner brings a table, most of the items are usually displayed on the trunk or tailgate of a vehicle.

Admission is free!

Location: Melbourne Fire Department Training Center, 1980 Hughes Road, Melbourne, FL.

Time and Duration:  Begins at 9:00 Am and lasts approximately two hours.

2021 Tailgate Dates

June 12th

September 18th

November 20th

This event is informal, without the overhead and staffing needed for a hamfest. Mark the dates on your calendar and join us for a few hours of wandering among the stuff, junk, and treasures, or just enjoy a fun gathering with fellow hams without buying or swapping anything.

Important Legal Notice - PCARS is hosting the event and provides a space for a vehicle or table, and an event time. All transactions are between the seller and buyer. PCARS is not a party to any transaction and has no responsibility for any aspect of a sale, condition of items, or any representations made by the seller. PCARS disclaims all liability with respect to the tailgate activities.

Organizer:  Peter Ricci, K4BCF
                   PCARS Tailgate Swapfest Chairman

Want more info? Send an email to:K4BCF

Are you interested in working Amateur Satellites? You can get started with just a little equipment and any Amateur Radio license.

Follow this link to the

PCARS Weather Net

Excellent storage for our radio equipment is provided by:
Midgard Self Storage
575 N Apollo Blvd Melbourne, FL 32935