POTA Activation and Fox Hunt!

Join YCARS for a POTA Activation and Foxhunt!

April 6, 2019
Foxhunt will be from 8am – 10am
POTA activation from 10am – 2pm

Kings Mountain State Park is the destination!

Several members will be camping Friday and Saturday nights, and will have extended POTA activation times from the campground.

ALL are welcome! Please feel free to invite others who would like to participate in the event!

For more information, reach out to Colby Case, AE1U or Steve Czaikowski, W3SPC. Hope to see everyone there for fun and socializing!

Unfamiliar with POTA (Parks on the Air), check out their website at http://parksontheair.com

February VE Session – 12 exams passed!

YCARS welcomes 7 new Technicians and 5 upgraded Generals after our VE test session on February 16th.

Congratulations to everyone who entered the fun filled world of ham radio and those who now have greatly extended HF privileges! We hope to hear you all on the air soon!

Tedd Clayton – KN4RJW – was among the amateurs who passed Element 3 on February 16.

YCARS Club T-Shirts

We will be taking orders for Club T-Shirts starting tonight Feb 14th thru Feb 28th – We need a minimum of 12 Shirts per order, they must be paid for before the order is placed.

2 Choices Black Shirt with White Graphics and Grey Shirt with Black Graphics. 
Can be made with you name and call below the YCARS logo on the front left chest. See pictures Attached.

Prices – 
Either Shirt with Name and Call S – XL $ 20.00/ea
Either Shirt with Name and Call XXL $ 22.00/ea
Either Shirt with Name and Call XXXL $ 23.00/ea

Either Shirt without Name and Call S – XL $ 17.00/ea
Either Shirt without Name and Call XXL $ 19.00/ea
Either Shirt without Name and Call XXXL $ 20.00/ea

Once the T-shirt Order is placed – we will have the new YCARS Logo digitized at South Paw Screen Printing on Cherry Road and you will be able to order polo shirts, Hats etc. on a one off basis.

Please See John NJ4Z, Tedd KN4RJW or Steve W3PSC at the meeting, call, e-mail or text to order.

JUST TO BE CLEAR – YOUR SHIRTS WILL NOT BE ORDERED UNTIL YOU HAVE PAID FOR THEM – THE CLUB IS NOT FINANCING THE ORDER… CASH OR CHECK ACCEPTED

System Fusion Radio Group Buy

There is no better time to experience Yaesu System Fusion!

Yaesu is continuing their promotions and discounting many System Fusion capable radios.

We’ve worked out an agreement with HRO Atlanta to lower the price even more – though slightly. But, a few bucks is a bucks!

If we can get an order for 10 radios, HRO will extend the following prices to us as a group until the end of February…

FT-70DR – $139.95
FT-2DR – $285
FTM-100DR – $295
FTM-400XDR – $400
FTM-7250 – $189.95

Free shipping. No sales tax collected.

If anyone would like to take advantage of this additional discount, please email Steve, W3SPC at W3SPC@arrl.net directly. Please indicate EXACTLY what you are committing to buy. Model(s) and quantity.

YCARS Members Attend SCEMD ARES Training

Several members of YCARS, who are a part of York County ARES, attended Auxcomm ARES training on February 9th at the SC State Emergency Operations Center.

Topics included amateur and non-amateur radio communications operations that are used during emergency deployments and practice using multiple modes and frequencies using numerous field deploy-able communications trailers.

Training and practice is key to preparedness.


Visit YCARS at the Charlotte Hamfest!

Stop by and say hi to YCARS at the Charlotte Hamfest on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9.

YCARS will have a table set up. We will providing information about our club and will have membership applications on hand.

While saying hello, you will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win a brand new Yaesu FT-70DR! Help YCARS and receive a chance to win a fantastic dual-band, digital capable HT!!

First Digital Only System Fusion Repeater in SC!

Rock Hill now has the FIRST digital-only Yaesu System Fusion Repeater in SC! Coverage of this repeater is proving to be good. It is linked to Wires-X. ALL Yaesu System Fusion radio owners are encouraged to use the repeater and feel free to link it to any Wires-X room anywhere in the world they would like. It’s here to serve the local ham community!

The frequency for the repeater is currently 440.250 with a +5MHz offset.

February Presentation Meeting

February’s presentation meeting will be held on Thursday, February 28. Socializing will begin around 6:30pm with the presentation beginning promptly at 7:30pm.

The presentation will be given by John Gendron, NJ4Z. The topic is
DX Operation & DX Cluster.

John is an avid DX’er. In his presentation, John will cover proper etiquette for working DX, tips and tricks to get through to those rare DX stations, and how to FIND those DX contacts that you still need. Additionally, John will relay his first hand knowledge of operating from a DX location as well as planning and executing a DX-pedition. This should be a fantastic meeting, for sure! Hope to see as many folks as possible attend.

Winter Field Day 2019

Winter Field Day has come and gone. A HUGE thanks to all of our members who came out and offered their support.

Setup began on Friday morning. We operated for about 20 hours, with only a break during the overnight period when the bands were all dead.

It was a great time had by all! Thanks for making Winter Field Day such a huge success this year!

You can find a few pictures from the fun here.

Winter Field Day Photos