JOTA 2019

Calling all Scouts!!

YCARS will be opening its doors to Scouts of all ages for Jamboree On The Air on Saturday, October 19, from 10am until 4pm.

All Scouts are welcome! Come learn about Amateur Radio and get on the air. This will be a fun opportunity to talk to other Scouts across the country and the world!

YCARS nets moved to KD4EOD during state of emergency

SC is under a state of emergency and the SCHEART repeater network is linked state-wide.  K4YTZ, WR4SC and the York County DMR (all SCHeart Repeaters) will all be in Emergency Mode starting Tuesday Sept 3rd, 2019 at 08:00. Please use other repeaters in the county.

While SCHEART is operating under emergency mode, the YCARS evening and morning nets will be held on KD4EOD, 147.225 + PL 110.9.

Please keep personal communications on the K4YTZ repeater brief.

Calling Net Control Operators!

Interested in helping the York County Amateur Radio Society by being a net control operator for the YCARS 2m Evening Net? If so, please step up and volunteer!

We are in need of additional net control operators who can commit to calling the net once per week.

If you have never been a net control operator before, we are absolutely willing to help you get comfortable performing the role! Please contact K4BSC if you are interested.

York County ARES – Coverage Test Exercise

York County ARES will host an exercise on Saturday August 10th.  We are planning 8 am to 11 am for operations. 

The Goal of this exercise it to test repeater and simplex coverage county wide. we hope to be complete in under three hours.

The plan is to have mobile units cover the areas driving to the fire station listed in the areas below, call into net control on the K4YTZ repeater when you arrive at the location. 

Net Control will be at the EOC in Downtown Rock Hill. Once you arrive at the fire station and establish contact with Net Control, you will be directed to contact net control on the other repeaters and try a simplex transmission.  

The repeaters in use for this exercise will be 

K4YTZ – 147.030 (-) 88.5
KD4EOD – 147.225 (+) 110.9
WR4SC – 441.525 (+) 162.6
W4PSC – 443.375 (+) 110.9
KC4KPJ – 443.725 (+) 127.3
W4BFB – 145.230 (1) 118.8 (Charlotte Regional Skywarn repeater
Simplex 146.580

We are looking for at least 5 volunteers to the areas list below.  If we have more that 5 people to cover the areas we will break them up into smaller areas.  If you do not have a mobile unit or unable to be one of the rovers, if you can relay simplex back to the net control station from your QTH. It would be appreciated, just let us know if you are willing to be a home relay station.  It will be a fast exchange on each repeater, just the location and signal report and move down the list to the next repeater.  If you have a dual band radio leave VFO A on K4TYZ and use VFO B to test the other repeaters.  That way we can communication on K4YTZ if we do not have comms on the other repeaters.  If you key up and do are not able to get into the repeater, try the next on the list to see if you can get in and then text your location and what repeater you are able to hit to Net Control and We will switch there to continue the test.  I do not believe all the repeaters will have county wide coverage, but we will know after this exercise. 

Area 1 
Tega Cay FD 5000 Tega Cay Dr, Tega Cay, SC 29708
Fort Mill FD 121 Tom Hall St, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Riverview VDF 1899 Harris Rd, Fort Mill, SC 29708
Flint Hill VFD Station 1 1950 US-21, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Flint Hill VFD Station 2 2953 Pleasant Rd, Fort Mill, SC 29708

Area 2 
Newport VDF 3748 Hands Mill Hwy, York, SC 29745
Newport VFD Station 1 5198 Hampton Ridge Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Newport VFD Station 2 3080 Mt Gallant Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Newport VFD Station 3 6143 Old York Rd, York, SC 29745
York FD 10 N Roosevelt St, York, SC 29745
Smyrna VFD 1052 S Main St, Smyrna, SC 29743

Area 3 
Bethel VFD 3330 Dr Nichols Rd, York, SC 29745
Bethel VFD Station 1 5620 Oakridge Rd, Clover, SC 29710
Bethel VFD Station 2 3298 Hands Mill Hwy, York, SC 29745
Clover FD 115 Bethel St, Clover, SC 29710
Bethany Santiago VFD 13171 State Hwy 55, York, SC 29745

Area 4
Bethesda VDF Station 1  1705 SC-324, Rock Hill, SC 29730
McConnells VFD 4178 Chester Hwy, McConnells, SC 29726
Bullock Creek  2250 SC-97, Sharon, SC 29742
Sharon VFD 3336 York St, Sharon, SC 29742
Hickory grove VFD 5700 Wylie Ave, Hickory Grove, SC 29717

Area 5
Lesslie VFD Station 1 3191 Lesslie Hwy, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Lesslie VFD Station 2 2711 Reservation Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Lesslie VFD Station 3 2627 S Anderson Rd, Catawba, SC 29704
Oakdale VFD Station 1 2633 Saluda Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Oakdale VFD Station 2 2080 Dunlap Roddey Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Oakdale VFD Station 3 865 E Chapel Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.    Please let us know if you can help out with the exercise and what area you can cover or if you are willing to be a home relay station…

Thanks in advance for the help 

It’s Time to Paint the Clubhouse

It’s time to give the clubhouse some TLC, and we’re starting with a deep clean and a fresh coat of paint!

Sherwin-Williams in Rock Hill was nice enough to donate YCARS enough paint to cover the entire interior of the clubhouse!

We need volunteers to help with a painting party at the clubhouse on the weekend of March 16 and 17.

We’ll start on Saturday by pulling everything off the walls and giving the clubhouse a good deep cleaning. The painting will then begin.

We need brushes and rollers if you’ve got them. If you have a 6′ or 8′ step ladder, that will come in handy as well.

Come on out and help the clubhouse look like new again! All the help we can get is greatly appreciated!

February VE Session – 12 exams passed!

YCARS welcomes 7 new Technicians and 5 upgraded Generals after our VE test session on February 16th.

Congratulations to everyone who entered the fun filled world of ham radio and those who now have greatly extended HF privileges! We hope to hear you all on the air soon!

Tedd Clayton – KN4RJW – was among the amateurs who passed Element 3 on February 16.

YCARS Club T-Shirts

We will be taking orders for Club T-Shirts starting tonight Feb 14th thru Feb 28th – We need a minimum of 12 Shirts per order, they must be paid for before the order is placed.

2 Choices Black Shirt with White Graphics and Grey Shirt with Black Graphics. 
Can be made with you name and call below the YCARS logo on the front left chest. See pictures Attached.

Prices – 
Either Shirt with Name and Call S – XL $ 20.00/ea
Either Shirt with Name and Call XXL $ 22.00/ea
Either Shirt with Name and Call XXXL $ 23.00/ea

Either Shirt without Name and Call S – XL $ 17.00/ea
Either Shirt without Name and Call XXL $ 19.00/ea
Either Shirt without Name and Call XXXL $ 20.00/ea

Once the T-shirt Order is placed – we will have the new YCARS Logo digitized at South Paw Screen Printing on Cherry Road and you will be able to order polo shirts, Hats etc. on a one off basis.

Please See John NJ4Z, Tedd KN4RJW or Steve W3SPC at the meeting, call, e-mail or text to order.


YCARS Members Attend SCEMD ARES Training

Several members of YCARS, who are a part of York County ARES, attended Auxcomm ARES training on February 9th at the SC State Emergency Operations Center.

Topics included amateur and non-amateur radio communications operations that are used during emergency deployments and practice using multiple modes and frequencies using numerous field deploy-able communications trailers.

Training and practice is key to preparedness.