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The Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society (PCARS) resides on the central east coast of Florida in the city of Melbourne. PCARS has been in existence for over 50 years and presently includes over 100 members. PCARS club meeting take place the 2nd Monday of each month. The meetings are held at the Nomad Community Church in Melbourne. Coffee and Cake starting at 6:45PM followed by the meeting at 7:15PM. All Amateurs are invited to attend. (SEE NOTE BELOW)


Starting 2016


Starting in January 2016, the monthly PCARS Club Meeting will be held at the Nomad Community Church, 1050 Cypress Ave Melbourne FL 32935

The building is on the corner of Cypress and Eau Gallie Blvd. It was at one time a A&P Super Market and later a Bank of America. Presently it is run by the Church which rents it out for meeting to other groups. It has a hugh parking lot so the building is set far back from the corner. The part of the building closest to Eau Gallie Blvd is a gym called "Cross Fit". The entrance to the meeting room is in the mid section of the building. You may park in any of the parking slots on the east side of the building. The Lat Long is 28.128362, -80.631872. The Lat Long is also 28 degrees 7 minutes, and 42.1032 seconds North and 80 degrees 37 minutes 54.7392 West It resides in grid square EL98qd.

  The meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Social Time with coffee and cake starting at 6:45pm with the meeting starting at 7:15pm.

Pictures of the damage to the PCARS

 Club Station Tower



Ham Radio License classes are open to everyone from the age of 10 to 100.

Technician Class License

The Technician Class Test is the first test you must pass to get your FCC license. Morse Code is no longer required. If you have an interest in getting into the wonderful world of Ham Radio, you should contact Bill Carrigan and sign up for this class. Seating is limited. The classses are free but you will be required to purchase a Technician License Manual. Contact info is below:

Technician Class Info


General Class License

If you have your Technician Class License and would like to get you next higher GENERAL LICENSE, a class will be starting on Feburary 1, 2017. You will be required to purchase the General License Manual. Contact info is below:

General Class Info







PCARS Field Day was June 25 & 26, 2016

PCARS Field Day (W4MLB) was held at the

Melbourne Fire Training Center

Melbourne, Florida







NBEMS Workshop & Training sessions



On August 2nd 2014, Two workshops were held for Amateurs in South Brevard County on the BASIC NBEMS SYSTEM. Over two dozen local amateurs, most of which were PCARS members attended one of the two workshops. The workshops were held at the Veterans Complex in West Melbourne.  The sessions were presented by Larry Lazar (KS4NB) with the assistance of two Elmers, Chris Hite (AJ1Q) and Bill Melendez (KC4WAM) all from the West Palm Beach area. Those attending the sessions were taught how to set up the two main programs necessary for the NBEMS system to work and how to use them. Once everyone was up and working, messages were passed around the room to insure everyone was able to transmit and receive NBEMS messages.



On August 2nd, 25 people attended workshops in Melbourne organized

by the Brevard Elmers and conducted by the Palm Beach Elmers. Checking

                                   on the 1st session attendees is Elmer Chris, AJ1Q... Wellington Radio Club VP and PBC                 ARES Net Manager.  Photo by Bill KC4WAM... doing double-duty as the second Elmer.


At the end of both sessions, everyone was surprised how easy it was to transmit and receive messages and forms using just their Laptop Computer and Handi-Talkie.


Harry Crews, the Emergency Committee Chairman plan to continue to train other amateurs in South Brevard on Basic NBEMS so that in an emergency, the system can be implemented by a large percentage of local amateurs. He also plans to use the 146.01/61 repeater as a training frequency after the normal Thursday Night Emergency Net to get more amateurs involved with the program.



                                  Elmer Chris Hite (AJ1Q) is helping with adjusting the parameters of the soundcard

                                    on a laptop so the messages can be received at lower audio levels.


You can find all the information on downloading and setting up the programs on the PCARS Website. Look at the bottom of the ARES-Emergency page for the NBEMS link.  If you have a question, contact Harry Crews (K4KGF), Dave Frey (K3AAX) or Don Winn (AF4Z) for assistance.


PCARS would like to thank Larry, Chris and Bill for taking the time to drive up from WPB to hold the two workshops.


More info is available on NBEMS on

the Emergency-ARES  Webpage





Pictures of Club Station Trailer Installation

Pictures by W4EIP




      Get Started in Satellites Communications

Are you interested in working Amateur Satellites?

This information will get you started with a little equipment and any Amateur class license.


Melbourne Florida Weather Radar


Crown Weather Service
Tropical Weather Information 


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