Technician Class – Starting in September!

An Amateur Radio Technician Class will be starting in September, 2019!

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Where: York County Amateur Radio Society clubhouse – 2051 Squire Rd, Rock Hill, SC.

It will continue each subsequent Saturday on September 21, and September 28 with the test being Saturday, October 5th at 8:30 AM at the Rock Hill Hamfest held at the NewKirk Baptist Church..

Cost is FREE except for cost of the book ($24) and the test ($15). You must bring this book to each class:  Gordon West Technician Class Manual (2018-22) w/ Bonus Audio CD.  It can be picked up at Buy Two Way Radios at 528 S. Cherry Rd., Rock Hill, SC or ordered from Amazon.com.  

RSVP by sending an email to k4bsc@comporium.net so you can reserve a spot and get additional class information.

Calling Net Control Operators!

Interested in helping the York County Amateur Radio Society by being a net control operator for the YCARS 2m Evening Net? If so, please step up and volunteer!

We are in need of additional net control operators who can commit to calling the net once per week.

If you have never been a net control operator before, we are absolutely willing to help you get comfortable performing the role! Please contact K4BSC if you are interested.

York County ARES – Coverage Test Exercise

York County ARES will host an exercise on Saturday August 10th.  We are planning 8 am to 11 am for operations. 

The Goal of this exercise it to test repeater and simplex coverage county wide. we hope to be complete in under three hours.

The plan is to have mobile units cover the areas driving to the fire station listed in the areas below, call into net control on the K4YTZ repeater when you arrive at the location. 

Net Control will be at the EOC in Downtown Rock Hill. Once you arrive at the fire station and establish contact with Net Control, you will be directed to contact net control on the other repeaters and try a simplex transmission.  

The repeaters in use for this exercise will be 

K4YTZ – 174.030 (-) 88.5
KD4EOD – 147.225 (+) 110.9
WR4SC – 441.525 (+) 162.6
W4PSC – 443.375 (+) 110.9
KC4KPJ – 443.725 (+) 127.3
W4BFB – 144.230 (1) 118.8 (Charlotte Regional Skywarn repeater
Simplex 146.580

We are looking for at least 5 volunteers to the areas list below.  If we have more that 5 people to cover the areas we will break them up into smaller areas.  If you do not have a mobile unit or unable to be one of the rovers, if you can relay simplex back to the net control station from your QTH. It would be appreciated, just let us know if you are willing to be a home relay station.  It will be a fast exchange on each repeater, just the location and signal report and move down the list to the next repeater.  If you have a dual band radio leave VFO A on K4TYZ and use VFO B to test the other repeaters.  That way we can communication on K4YTZ if we do not have comms on the other repeaters.  If you key up and do are not able to get into the repeater, try the next on the list to see if you can get in and then text your location and what repeater you are able to hit to Net Control and We will switch there to continue the test.  I do not believe all the repeaters will have county wide coverage, but we will know after this exercise. 

Area 1 
Tega Cay FD 5000 Tega Cay Dr, Tega Cay, SC 29708
Fort Mill FD 121 Tom Hall St, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Riverview VDF 1899 Harris Rd, Fort Mill, SC 29708
Flint Hill VFD Station 1 1950 US-21, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Flint Hill VFD Station 2 2953 Pleasant Rd, Fort Mill, SC 29708

Area 2 
Newport VDF 3748 Hands Mill Hwy, York, SC 29745
Newport VFD Station 1 5198 Hampton Ridge Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Newport VFD Station 2 3080 Mt Gallant Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Newport VFD Station 3 6143 Old York Rd, York, SC 29745
York FD 10 N Roosevelt St, York, SC 29745
Smyrna VFD 1052 S Main St, Smyrna, SC 29743

Area 3 
Bethel VFD 3330 Dr Nichols Rd, York, SC 29745
Bethel VFD Station 1 5620 Oakridge Rd, Clover, SC 29710
Bethel VFD Station 2 3298 Hands Mill Hwy, York, SC 29745
Clover FD 115 Bethel St, Clover, SC 29710
Bethany Santiago VFD 13171 State Hwy 55, York, SC 29745

Area 4
Bethesda VDF Station 1  1705 SC-324, Rock Hill, SC 29730
McConnells VFD 4178 Chester Hwy, McConnells, SC 29726
Bullock Creek  2250 SC-97, Sharon, SC 29742
Sharon VFD 3336 York St, Sharon, SC 29742
Hickory grove VFD 5700 Wylie Ave, Hickory Grove, SC 29717

Area 5
Lesslie VFD Station 1 3191 Lesslie Hwy, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Lesslie VFD Station 2 2711 Reservation Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Lesslie VFD Station 3 2627 S Anderson Rd, Catawba, SC 29704
Oakdale VFD Station 1 2633 Saluda Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Oakdale VFD Station 2 2080 Dunlap Roddey Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Oakdale VFD Station 3 865 E Chapel Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.    Please let us know if you can help out with the exercise and what area you can cover or if you are willing to be a home relay station…

Thanks in advance for the help 

July Presentation Meeting – Parks on the Air

Join YCARS at the clubhouse on Thursday, July 25, for a presentation on the Parks on the Air Program.

What is it?
What is a hunter?
What is an activator?
What awards can I win?
How do I go about finding parks to contact?
How do I operate from a park and ensure I have a successful activation?

Steve, W3SPC, will be answering all of those questions and more. 7:30pm at the YCARS clubhouse!

Visit the POTA website

Field Day!

YCARS will be participating in Field Day again this year.

When: June 22 – June 23, 2019

Where: Westminster Park, 4000 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC

YCARS will be operating 4A, with 2 voice, 1 digital, and 1 CW station. We will also be hosting a Get On The Air (GOTA) station.

If you don’t want to operate, we need people to log, setup/tear-down equipment, put up antennas, etc.

The Field Day Picnic will be Saturday June 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM. The club will provide the Meat and Drinks. We are asking you to bring your favorite Potluck dish and desert. Click on the link below to sign up. In the comments, state specifically what you are bringing. You can sign up for multiple items such as side dish and desert. If we get too many of one item, we will let you know if we need to make an adjustment.

We are looking forward to having a great picnic and fun 24 hours of operating. Be sure to click on the link to let us know if you are coming and what you are bringing.

Picnic Sign-Up Here

May Presentation Meeting – Get Weather Aware!

Join Daniel, KN4KBY, at 7:30pm at the YCARS clubhouse on Thursday, May 23, for an excellent presentation on weather related topics for ham radio.

Daniel will be covering radar interpretation for the Skywarn spotter as well as the important role that Skywarn spotters play in weather reporting and forecasting.

He will also provide an overview of the Slack platform that York County ARES uses for communication and collaboration with its members. Hope to see everyone there!