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.

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!

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.

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.