AUXCOMM / ARES Quarterly Training

Saturday, 09/26 from 1000-1400, SCEMD is hosting the AUXCOMM/ARES quarterly training. it will be virtual and should be a good time. Folks from all over the state ARES program will be joining in to network and SCEMD will be giving updates to the program. There are also several presentations being given. This is a great way to get involved and meet some of the folks you hear about. 

Here is the link to signup for the event. 

https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/event/index/12504193

August Business Meeting – Online Only

The August business meeting, which will be held on Thursday, August 13, will be virtual only. Due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in SC, and specifically in York County, YCARS has decided to extend our online-only meetings throughout August.

An refreshed meeting invitation will arrive by email to all members no later than August 12.

August 2020 – VE Session

VE Testing Saturday, August 15th 2020.

We are having a testing session on Saturday, August 15, 2020. It will be limited in attendance to keep proper social distancing. ALL in attendance must wear a mask, during the session. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made for not having a face mask, there will be a limited number of masks available if you forgot yours.

There will be 5 VE’s present – we do not need any others to be there at this time.

We will limit the test takers to 10, maximum. If you would like to test please be sure to sign up by sending an e-mail to YCARS@YCARS.org.

We will have hand sanitizer at the clubhouse. Testing begins at 9:30 sharp, please be at the clubhouse no later than 9:15am. Cost is $15.00, cash or check. Please bring your own pencils and calculators. Movement will be restricted to maintain social distancing. Please have a copy of you drivers license and your FRN number, and if testing for upgrade a copy of your current FCC amateur Radio License.

Meetings – Month of July, 2020

A number of the officers of YCARS met over Field Day and discussed resuming in-person meetings in July. As previously communicated, we hoped to resume meetings at the clubhouse this month. However, the COVID-19 numbers have spiked and are now at an all-time high.

We cannot, in good conscious, return to in-person meetings in July. Our club activities will be online-only. We will reassess the situation by the end of the month, hoping to return to in-person meetings in August, but at this time, we must continue limiting the number of members who can gather indoors together and follow social distancing guidelines.

Thanks for your understanding!

June Business Meeting

Just a reminder that we will have our monthly business meeting this coming Thursday, June 11, at 7:30 PM EDT.  This meeting will again be ONLINE ONLY.  Good news though!  We expect to resume meetings in person beginning in July.  We will, however, continue to host the meeting on Microsoft Teams as well to allow members who cannot attend in person the ability to be virtually present.  This online extension of business meetings is planned to continue indefinitely.

During the business meeting we will be discussing the club’s plans for Field Day, including covering some of the rules changes this year which will hopefully allow more members than ever participate in the event.

Additionally, we will cover our normal business meeting topics as well as our plans to resume VE testing in the future.

Hope to talk to everyone on Thursday!

Help the fight against COVID-19!

As discussed during our April Business Meeting, YCARS members (and anyone else reading this) can help in the fight against COVID-19 and other diseases using their computers at home. 

Join the fight by navigating tohttp://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/ and download the free program.  A few settings allow you to determine when the application runs and how much computing power it uses.

Don’t forget to join the York County Amateur Radio Society (YCARS) team and monitor your stats!  Currently, our team is in the top 5%.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me.

– Darcy Pach, K4DQP

Nets Moving Back to K4YTZ

Beginning Monday, April 6, we will be transitioning back to the K4YTZ repeater for the YCARS nets.  We’ve spoken with SCHEART and the state EOC and they do not believe there is a pressing need to keep the SCHEART repeaters clear of non-essential traffic at this time.  It is not expected that an emergency net will be needed over the next several weeks.  Returning to K4YTZ will allow us greater coverage.

We will be continuing the 11am daily nets for the foreseeable future.  We encourage all members to check-in, say hello, let us know you’re doing OK, and let us know if there is anything that you need.

April Business Meeting

We will be having a business meeting this coming Thursday, April 9, at 7:30pm.  The meeting will be 100% online, and will not be on our public YouTube channel as last month’s was.  You will be receiving an invitation email to the meeting.  It will be hosted on Microsoft Teams.  There will be a link in the email to join the meeting.  Upon clicking the link, you will be asked if you would like to download the Teams client application to connect (it’s free, and is the full-featured experience) or if you would like to join the meeting through your web browser.  Either will work fine.

Once connected to the meeting, Teams will default to your default camera, microphone, and speakers of your computer.  If you want to change your audio device, you can do so from within the meeting settings.

We will be on the K4YTZ repeater beginning at 6:45.  If anyone has any issues connecting to the meeting or configuring your audio devices once connected, please call W3SPC on the K4YTZ repeater and he will be available to help walk you through getting connected to the meeting.