YCARS will be participating in Field Day this year, but we need to take some precautions to ensure we do not endanger anyone with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting our area.
This year, you will have the ability to operate Field Day from home and have your contacts benefit the club. You will still get individual credit for your contacts. You will operate as a solo operator with the appriopriate designator (such as 1H). You will use your own personal callsign from home. But, when you submit your log, you will have the ability to associate your contacts towards a club. The club identifier you must specify is “York County SC Amateur Radio Society”. Please use that EXACT designator. There are at least two other YCARS clubs in the county, so we will be identified with SC in the name for the purposes of log submittal.
Please visit http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2020/2020%20Field%20Day%20Packet%20Rev%20a.pdf if you are unsure of how to operate Field Day, log, and submit your log after the event.
We will be operating from Westminster Park in Rock Hill again this year as a club. However, it is imperative that we follow state guidelines during the pandemic. We will be operating 2A. We will use W3SPC’s travel trailer as one operating station and Fort Mill EMS’ trailer for a second station. Radios and antennas will be provided. Please do not bring your own equipment if you operate from the park.
There will be a maximum of two people at an operating station at a time. If more than one person is in a trailer, we ask that masks be worn. All equipment that is physically touched will be disinfected between operators.
If you come to the park to socialize, please bring your own chair and maintain social distancing between club members.
We have online signups for the stations. Please signup and register for the timeslot(s) you want to operate and the appropriate station. One station will be on SSB and the other will be used for CW and digital contacts.
Please visit the following link to signup for operation at Westminster Park.
Yes, Field Day will be quite a bit different this year due to the ongoing pandemic. We certainly appreciate everyone cooperation during this time.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Steve, W3SPC, at W3SPC@ycars.org.
Due to the current executive order preventing gatherings, the VE Test Session scheduled for April 18 is cancelled.
Our next scheduled testing session will be held on June 20 at the YCARS Clubhouse. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Join us on YouTube on Thursday, April 2, at 7:30pm, for another live stream training session.
This week’s topic will be Net Control Station training. While it will be focused on the YCARS 2m net, the content will be applicable to most any net.
The March presentation meeting will be held on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30pm. It will be presented live from the YCARS clubhouse. However, to practice social distancing, we ask that no members come to the clubhouse in person.
The presentation will be streamed live on the York County Amateur Radio Society YouTube channel. Chat will be monitored for questions. We will also have a net running during the presentation on the KD4EOD repeater. Attendees can radio in questions through the net.
Please join Daniel Boyer online and learn about Skywarn! Again, please do not attend in person unless specifically asked to do so to assist with video production.
Join YCARS for the SC QSO party on February 29, at the YCARS clubhouse, from 10am – 9pm EST.
We will have two stations on the air. We will be operating 160 – 10m from the YCARS clubhouse and hope to make loads of contacts across the state and across the country!
This is a fun contest. YCARS’ participation this year will be focused more on fun than on winning. We encourage all members who would like experience and practice operating under contest conditions to come out and get on the air!
Darcy Pach, K4DQP recently set up a Raspberry Pi to catch NOAA weather satellite images directly from space. Below are some of the images recently captured from NOAA 15, 18 and 19. He’ll be presenting at the April 2020 program meeting on how to set up your own weather satellite station.
Come on out to the YCARS clubhouse on Thursday, January 2, for our monthly fun night. The first Thursday of each month is our monthly casual get-together where we socialize, talk ham radio, exercise the radios in the shack, and just have a fantastic time! All are welcome. If you haven’t been to YCARS before, or haven’t been in a while, please come on out! We’d love to show you around!
An Amateur Radio Technician Class will be starting in January, 2020!
When: Tuesdays, January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11, February 21, 2020. 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
Where: York County Amateur Radio Society clubhouse – 2051 Squire Rd, Rock Hill, SC.
It is strongly recommended that students plan to attend every session.
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). It can be picked up at Buy Two Way Radios at 528 S. Cherry Rd., Rock Hill, SC or ordered from Amazon.com.
The book will be provided, free of charge, for any student who is currently enrolled in school (K-12). Parents of students are welcome to attend, but they will need to provide their own book.
RSVP by sending an email to email@example.com so you can reserve a spot and get additional class information.