About Us

gearsThe Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society (GEARS) was established on August 13, 1939 by eleven Amateur Radio operators from throughout the Northern Sacramento Valley.

GEARS members are interested in many aspects of amateur radio, HF, VHF, UHF and other modes.  We endeavor represent all interests, and minimize the influence of any one special interest.

We are a non-profit organization whose purpose is to further the exchange of information and cooperation among members, to promote radio knowledge, and to advance the general interest of amateur radio service.  We are committed to serving our communities, and welcome new opportunities to do so. We can provide communications for bike races, charity walks, and other local and regional public events.

In the event of a natural or man made disaster, and with the assistance of Butte County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (BCARES), GEARS members are prepared to provide emergency communications services to the community. The Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society dedicated to education, public service, recreational purposes of amateur radio, and to elevate the standards of operating practices and ethics in amateur radio communications.

GEARS is a non-profit tax exempt organization whose purpose is to further the exchange of information and cooperation among members and to promote amateur radio knowledge and to advance the general interest of amateur radio service. GEARS as a group, are committed to serving the communities in which we live.

GEARS relies on your generosity from supporters like you, your donation are greatly appreciated.

To Donate to GEARS:

GEARS Donation

P.O. Box 202 (*See Note, below)

Chico, CA 95927-0202

(GEARS qualifies under the Federal Internal Revenue Code Section 503(c) (3) and State Statute Revenue and Taxation Code Section 2370g as a non-profit tax exempt organization).

GEARS is located in Chico, California, and is affiliated with American Radio Relay League. GEARS is an official VEC, authorized to administer FCC Amateur Radio License exams.

(*)NOTE: As of 28 Jun 2017, GEARS PO Box was changed from PO Box 508 to PO Box 202, Chico, CA 95927-0202.