Welcome to the Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society

flagAmateur Radio attracts a surprising variety of people, from the most extroverted story-teller to the quietest expert, from the most intellectual scholar to the most practical get-er-done country boy.  Ham radio covers a lot of ground, you might say, from practical skills to just plain fun.  It’s a hobby that may appeal to almost anyone.

GEARS was founded more than 75 years ago, before video, computers, satellites, internet, or cell phones.  Hams have been on the front lines of this revolution all along, and we’re just getting started.  The future of wireless technology has never been brighter.  (Click Here to learn more about GEARS history)

GEARS is not just all about learning and volunteering though, sometimes we just kick back and have a little fun with a variety of excursions, friendly contests, BBQs, Radio Direction-Finding “Foxhunts”, Field Day, and social gatherings.  Membership in GEARS is open to anyone with an interest in Amateur radio, with or without a ham radio license.  You are invited to join us!


New Easier License Test Has Created Interest in Ham Radio

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made it a lot easier for anyone to get a ham radio license, by removing the traditional requirement to learn Morse code.  While many hams still enjoy “pounding brass”,  since the FCC eliminated the Morse code requirement in 2007, the new, easier multiple-choice license test has encouraged a lot more people of all ages to get an Amateur Radio license.

Learn How to Become a Ham—It’s Easier than You Think!


 Discovering New Technology – Exploring the Art and Science of Radio

Many people enjoy electronic gadgets, but licensed Amateur Radio operators take it to the next level.  We can explore, experiment, and invent new types of radios and electronic devices, with the full legal support and encouragement of the FCC.

Curious and Inventive hams are actively exploring and experimenting with every aspect of radio technology, including:

  • Regional and Emergency communication (VHF/UHF bands)
  • World-wide long-distance communication (HF or “Shortwave” bands)
  • Satellite, International Space Station, and Earth-Moon-Earth (“Moon-bounce”)
  • Digital communication modes, including: Packet (e.g., APRS)
  • Advanced automatic mesh networks for high-speed multi-media
  • These are just a few of the modern uses of Amateur Radio

We Are Volunteers – Dedicated to Public Service

GEARS is a non-profit organization whose purpose includes: exchanging information and cooperation among members, promoting radio knowledge, arts & skilled operators; advancing the general interest of Amateur Radio, and serving the public. 

We are committed to serving the community, and seek out opportunities to provided communications for a wide variety of community events, including regional bike races, charity walks, and other public events.

Need Communications Support for Your Event?  Contact Us


When All Else Fails – Ham Radio Gets Through

In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, many Amateur Radio operators are prepared to provide emergency communications.  Amateur Radio can be potential life-saver when other means of communication are not available.  Even when there is no disaster, there are still many areas of Butte county that have no cell-phone coverage, but where ham radio works fine.  So, yes, I can hear you now, but sometimes only through ham radio.


You’re Invited to Join Us!

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Thank you Michael Favor, N6FAV for conducting the program at our January meeting, a fine presentation on SDR – Software Defined Radio. As I did last year I have strived to make sure that we have a variety of interests for our programs, and this one showed how amateur radio is keeping at the cutting […]

GEARS Pilots Online Payments via PayPal

GEARS is pleased to announce a new convenience for our members. Online payments via PayPal are now accepted (e.g., Dues, Donations, etc.) under a pilot program. Before making this feature widely available, the Payment Pilot Program will run for several weeks to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for users. If you’d like to submit […]

GEARS Meeting Friday Nov 18th

Our monthly meeting for November will feature a presentation by Dan, the captain of Butte County Search and Rescue. Click Here for more general information about GEARS meetings