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.

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

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!

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 Fun Night!

Join us on Thursday, May 2, at the YCARS clubhouse for our monthly hobby/fun night. Socialize. Chat ham radio. Meet other club members. Get on the air. Work a new mode. Get your HT programmed. There’s no set agenda other than hams having fun and hanging out!

Folks will start to arrive around 6pm and we typically hang out until around 8:30.

Winter Field Day – January 26 – 27

YCARS will be participating in Winter Field Day. The event will run Saturday, January 26, at 2pm through Sunday, January 27, at 2pm.

The purpose of Winter Field Day is to foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, indoor and outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian and DX Amateurs. Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house… get out and play some radio!!

We will run three operating stations from the YCARS clubhouse. We will have a dedicated SSB station, a dedicated CW station, and a third station which will be used for a mix of phone and digital modes.

YCARS won our class in SC during Summer Field Day 2018. We are optimistic that we can perform exceptionally well in Winter Field Day this year!

John Gendron, NJ4Z, is coordinating SSB operations. Darcy Pach, K4DQP is leading digital operations. Andy Kunik, AE8J, is coordinating CW operations. If you would like to participate, please reach out to one of them for timeslots that we are in need of filling.

Come by and say hi and support the operators and/or operate or log! We’d love to see as many club members as possible participate.

The clubhouse will be open to the public during this event for anyone who would like to stop by, learn about the club, meet YCARS members, and learn more about ham radio.

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