Amateur Radio started in Gibraltar shortly after the Second World War. Today GARS is a small but active society representing the interests of Amateur Radio both locally and internationally as a full IARU member society. We are also affiliated to the RSGB. The Society also operates the QSL bureau for Gibraltar.
GARS Operates as ZB2LGT
How to Contact GARS
Postal Address : PO Box 292, Gibraltar, Europe
Club meetingsWe have new club premises! After many years at Hargraves Ramp where we could not transmit, receive or erect antennas we have moved !
Map of GARS HQ on COALING ISLAND
Meetings are now Wednesdays at 20.30 Please come and check out our spacious club premises featuring the infamous super comfortable armchairs 'as seen on GBC Television'.
Awards and Certificates
The ZB2BU award can be obtained by submitting proof of having worked or heard the club station on three bands in any mode.
Applications for either award must include a log certified by your club. QSL cards are not required.
The ZB2 award can be obtained by having worked or heard any six ZB2 stations. Please write to the Awards Manager at our mail address PO BOX 292, Gibraltar enclosing $3 for postage.
Thinking of operating in Gibraltar ?UPDATE June 2006 - Due to recent problems caused by visitors causing serious interference with essential services the authorities have suspended the issue of reciprocal licences for HF operation and visitors are ONLY allowed use of VHF for the time being.
Please do NOT write to the regulator asking for a HF licence as it will not improve the situation !
The Police and customs take a serious view of unlicenced operators and under Gibraltar law wireless equipment may be confiscated even if it is not in actual use.
THE WIRELESS OFFICER
Gibraltar Regulatory Authority
Gibraltar Telephone: + 350 74636 Fax: 72166 Website
Gibraltar is not currently part of the CEPT scheme and foreign licences are not valid in the territory.
Class of Licence issued locally
- Class B (ZB0xx) for operation for above 50Mhz
- Class A (ZB2xx) the full licence including HF
- Foundation (ZB3xx)VHF plus restricted HF
Non-residents can only obtain a reciprocal call, not a ZBxxx call and may be specifically restricted from operating from some areas of the rock. Maritime Mobile operation with a Gibraltar licence is restricted to operation in Gibraltar waters.
Special EventsThe club organises a number of special events including operating once a year on National Day (September 10th) with the prefix ZG replacing the more familiar ZB. On more normal occasions you can often hear the club station ZB2BU.
Qualifications NeededIn the past there was a written examination set by the
CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE covering
- Licencing conditions and transmitter interference
- Operating practices, procedures and theory
For the foundation licence, the GARS provides training and an examination which is approved by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority.
Morse Code TestsThe Society is responsible for conducting morse tests required to qualify for a licence where appropriate. These require sending and receiving at 12 words/min -or- 5 words/min and a certificate is issued to successful applicants. If you require a morse code test in Gibraltar please enquire by post for details of charges and to make an appointment.
Morse code, although remaining a very effective and popular mode of communications for amateurs has been replaced in most other areas and is no longer seen as a requirment for a licence.
- President Alan Guerrero (ZB2IF)
- Secretary Tano Guerrero (ZB2IH)
- Treasurer Louis Payas (ZB2IT)
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Some Interesting Links to Radio Related Web Sites
- New to Radio? Click here
- Information on Gibraltar
- The HFDX Forum
- The Digital Imaging Group
- Ham Radio Online
- The HAARP Project - Ultimate QRO ?
- Guernsey Amateur Radio Index
- Ashley's Space World
- Arkansas DX Association
- The Charlottetown Amateur Radio Club. Canada
- The International Amateur Radio Union
- The American National Society
- The British National Society
- Kantronics Packet radio equipment
- G7KPF UK QuickLinks page
- Interactive Map of Gibraltar
- KB9TA Amateur links page
- ON1CAU Satellite Page
- The K8CX Ham Gallery
- Society Of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs
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