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!

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.

Technician Class – Starting in April!

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

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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

It will continue each subsequent Wednesday on April 10, and April 17 with the test being Saturday, April 20th at 9:30 AM.

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.

March Presentation Meeting

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

The presentation will be given by Steve Kelly, WB4QNI. The topic is “antennas”.

Steve has many years of experience designing, building, and erecting various types of antennas. In his presentation, Steve hopes to highlight many tips and tricks for construction and erection of antennas that he has developed and learned over the years. This should be a fantastic meeting, for sure! Hope to see as many folks as possible attend.

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 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 – 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