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.

PCARS club meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Coffee and Cake socializing starts at 6:45pm followed by the business meeting and program at 7:00pm. All licensed Amateur Radio Operators and prospective amateurs are invited to attend.

PCARS Holds Monthly Meetings at the
Melbourne VFW on Dairy Road in Melbourne

PCARS membership 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 (but 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 will be on your right). Coffee and Cake socializing starts at 6:45 pm followed by the business meeting and program at 7:00 pm.




PCARS ham radio license classes are open to everyone!

For more information on PCARS amateur radio license classes
or to pre-register for a course send an email to Dennis I. O’Quinn at:


A recent rule change by the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) provides for anyone with an expired amateur radio license to have a license of the appropriate class issued upon passing a Technician license exam, subject to some restrictions.  For further information, please send an email to Dennis at K4CXX@arrl.net.

General Class License Course

Start Date:  August 7th

End Date:    October 9th

Every Wednesday 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Note: This course is for individuals who currently have
skills and knowledge at the Technician Class level.

PCARS Course Fee:     None
Pre-Study Required:     No
Class Type:    Traditional
FCC Exam Offered:     Yes
Sponsoring Club:      PCARS
Instructor:     Dennis O'Quinn

Is pre-registration required?  Yes...  Send an email to: K4CXX@ARRL.NET

Upcoming 2019 License Examination Test Dates:

October 12th and December 14th

Test Site Location and Additional Testing Information

The PCARS class is free...

However, you must obtain a copy of the
ARRL General Class License Manual
(9th Edition for use from 2019 to 2023)

This License Manual may be available at Tedco Electronics in Melbourne
or you can order it from theARRL on-line store



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, usually most of the items are displayed on the trunk or tailgate (or in the trunk) of the owner's vehicle

Admission is free! 

The last two 2019 PCARS Tailgate Swapfest dates and times are:

September 14th (9 am)

November 23rd (9 am)

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

Expected Duration:  Approximately two hours.

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 (and take home those magic beans you have been seeking all your life or just enjoy a fun gathering with fellow hams without buying or swapping anything).

Important Legal Notice (because even hams have lawyers) - 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 or swappees (swappers?). 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:  Dennis I. O'Quinn, K4CXX
                   PCARS Tailgate Swapfest Chairman

Want more info? Send an email to: K4CXX@ARRL.NET

Are you interested in working Amateur Satellites?

You can get started with just a little equipment and any Amateur Radio license.




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