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

General Class Upgrade Preparation

WHEN: Sunday, February 10, 9am – 5pm. Tuesday, February 12, 6pm – 8:30pm. Friday, February 15, 6pm – 8:30pm.

Free pizza lunch will be provided on Sunday, February 10.

WHERE : YCARS Clubhouse
2119 Squire Rd
Rock Hill; SC 29732

RSVP to w3spc@arrl.net before February 3.

COST: FREE!
Please study for your General PRIOR to this class. This “bootcamp” style class should help you FINISH your preparation for the Element 3 exam. It is recommended that you use the ARRL General Class License manual or Gordon West’s General Class Study Guide to study for the exam. Feel free to contact W3SPC for additional preparation resources.

Test will be Saturday, February 16th, 9:30 AM, COST: $15 (Cash Only)
2119 Squire Rd, Rock Hill, SC

Free Amateur (Ham) Radio Class

WHEN: Wednesday’s January 30th, February 6th , and February 13th, 2019 at 7:00 PM—9:00 PM

WHERE : YCARS Clubhouse
2119 Squire Rd
Rock Hill; SC 29732

RSVP to k4bsc @comporium.net by January 28th

COST: Purchase ONLY this book:
Gordon West 2018—2022 Technician Book
You must have the book to attend! You do not need any
other book except this one.

Can be purchased on Amazon or in Rock Hill at:
Buy Two Way Radios, 528 S. Cherry Rd.

Do not buy a radio until you pass your exam. If you pass your technician test, you will participate in a drawing for a free amateur radio hand-held radio on the day of the exam.

Test will be Saturday, February 16th, 9:30 AM, COST: $15 (Cash Only)
2119 Squire Rd, Rock Hill, SC

It is best to register for a FCC FRN number prior to taking the test if you don’t wish to use your SSN on your test application.

https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do