Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society

Seventy-Five years of service to the Sacramento North Valley


The Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society was organized in August 13, 1939 by a group of eleven amateurs from through out the North Sacramento Valley. GEARS is located in Chico California, we are affiliated with American Radio Relay League. GEARS is an FCC VEC.

GEARS members have an interest in many aspects of amateur radio, HF, VHF, UHF and other modes and make every effort to maximum representation from all interests segments, 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 and to promote 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 and welcome new opportunities to do so. We can provide communications for races, walks, bike rides 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), is called upon; GEARS members are prepared to station themselves where it is needed to provide these necessary emergency communications. 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.

FCC “Paperless” Amateur Radio License Policy Goes Into Effect on February 17th.  See FCC page under ARRL


See "Club Meetings and Events". For upcoming meetings.