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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 Victory Church in Melbourne. Coffee and Cake starting at 6:45PM followed by the meeting at 7:00PM. All Amateurs are invited to attend. (SEE NOTE BELOW)



 PCARS Club Meeting are held in the Victory Church building, 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.


July 29th, 2017 1-4PM


PCARS will be hosting it's 3rd NBEMS WORKSHOP for Amateurs. Larry Lazar KS4NB will be returning to present the workshopwhich is open to all licensed amateurs.


NBEMS allow Hams to transmit and receive digital data using just a computer and transceiver or HT. The workshop will begin at 1PM and last 3-4 hours.


The workshop will be held at the same location as the PCARS Monthy Meetings (Victory Church Building). See info above for the location.

Please bring your Notebook computer with FLDIGI and FLMSG installed on your computer. It does not have to be setup when you arrive. We will go over the setup in detail and get everyone using NBEMS before they leave. You can download the two programs you will need installed from the following website.


http//:www.w1hkj.com/files/  You will need to install just these two programs. fldigi-4.0.7 setup.exe and flmsg-4.0.2 setup.exe.


You can still attend and learn how to setup NBEMS even if you do not have a portable computer. It will run on desktop computers too. If you plan to attend, please register so we have a count on the number to expect. This will help of setting up tables and chairs for the attendes. To register, send an email to nbems@pcars.org and provide your NAME, CALL and PHONE NUMBER. If you have questions, you can email me using the nbems@pcars.org address.


Don  AF4Z




Pictures of the damage to the PCARS

 Club Station Tower

The final approved By Laws are not available at this time. The present version posted on this site is an earlier version.


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




The Florida QSO Party is April 29th and 30th.

PCARS will be one of 20 Special Event Stations operating with a special call. We will be using the call W4A. Other members of the Florida Contest Group will be using other calls ending in one of the following letters.

F L O R I D A    S U N

For more infomation on the event, go to




PCARS Field Day is June 24 & 25, 2017

PCARS Field Day (W4MLB) will be held at the

Melbourne Fire Training Center

Melbourne, Florida










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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