York County Skywarn Changes!

We are pleased to announce that York County is now being served by Greenville-Spartanburg Regional Skywarn.

There is a new repeater in Rock Hill on 444.925 MHz (+5), PL 91.5. The callsign of the repeater is W4FTK and it has a fantastic wide-coverage footprint. Skywarn nets are held on the new repeater on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM. The new repeater is linked to the K9OH repeater system and is linkable to the WARNS repeater system during severe weather. Please see https://gspskywarn.org/ for more information. The website is being updated to show the new repeater and get more infomation listed.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has made this possible, and rest assured that York County stands ready for severe weather. You can now be reliably represented to the National Weather Service. Please feel free to use the repeater any time as there’s a great group of folks on there and make sure to stop by and check in to the nets.

Please feel free to direct any questions or concerns to:
Daniel, WD2DW
AEC, York County ARES
Skywarn Coordinator
Hamshack Hotline: 4658

Another Round of Club T-Shirts

If you missed the order at the beginning of the year, GOOD NEWS! YCARS is about to order another round of club T-Shirts!

We will be taking orders for Club T-Shirts through December 15. – 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

Additionally, the YCARS Logo digitized at South Paw Screen Printing on Cherry Road and you are able to order polo shirts, Hats etc. on a one off basis.

Please See John, NJ4Z, to order.

Your shirt will not be ordered until paid for via cash, check, or PayPal. If PayPal is used, a $1.50 convenience fee should be added to the cost.

VE Test Session in December

Ready to get your Amateur Radio license or upgrade your existing license to a higher class? Join us on Saturday, December 21, at the YCARS clubhouse for our next Volunteer Examiner session!

Cost is $15. (Cash Only)

Bring photocopy of government issued picture ID, Pencil/Pen. For upgrades, bring copy of existing license.  Basic Calculators are allowed but not programmable ones.

Coming in January – Join meetings remotely!

Big news! Starting in January, YCARS business and presentation meetings will be able to be joined remotely over Skype!

The technology infrastructure in finally in place to allow us to put the Internet service at the clubhouse to work even more. Remote access to meetings.

Are you a snow bird? Do you hate driving in the cold, dark winter? Have you moved away from our area but still would like to be able to participate in the club? If so, make sure you renew (or join) your membership in 2020. Meetings will be open to all active club members!

Meetings will be extended online with Skype. If you do not have a Microsoft Account and the Skype client, please get it set up before January so you can join the fun!

Winter Field Day 2020!

YCARS will be participating in Winter Field Day again this year.
WHEN: January 25-26
WHERE: Westminster Park, 4000 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC

We will be helping Scouts get on the air during the event and running a Radio Merit Badge class. Come out, show your support, make some contacts! Enclosed operating positions, radios, antennas, and WiFi will be provided. Let’s get out and make as many contacts as possible under emergency conditions!

For more information on Winter Field Day, visit http://www.winterfieldday.com

YCARS needs your help!

Looking to donate some money to a good cause this year? There’s still time! YCARS could certainly need your help!

We are forbidden from receiving any compensation for any public services that we provide. We rely SOLELY on dues, fundraising, and donations to stay running…

YCARS is in need of numerous items at this time.

  • 3Kw + generator in running condition
  • 3′ x 5′ or larger utility trailer to relocate our portable telescoping antenna mast to.
  • Enclosed trailer, 7′ x 16′ or larger to use as a mobile response unit
  • Composite 6’ and 8’ tables
  • Monetary donations

Remember, YCARS is a 501(c)(3) and your contributions are tax deductible! Thank you for your consideration!




Shack Training!

Have you found yourself walking into the YCARS shack and feeling a little overwhelmed? Do you have questions such as:

  • How do I log into the computers and use them?
  • How do I use digital modes from the shack?
  • How do I connect the right antenna to the right radio?
  • How do I use these latest technology rigs?
  • How do I use the amp?
  • What about logging?
  • Should I use K4YTZ or my personal callsign?
  • What do I need to be concerned with to ensure I don’t damage any equipment?

The shack is there for YCARS members to use. Get on the air. Make contacts. Leverage the beams. Get on bands you don’t have antennas for at home.

Join us on Thursday, November 14, at 6:30pm for a shack training session! This is an hour prior to the November monthly business meeting. The goal is to ensure that YOU feel comfortable walking into the shack, sitting down at a station, and have the ability to operate comfortably and safely. The shack is a fantastic asset that is the best club shack in the area! We want you to feel comfortable using it!