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.

COVID-19 Progression

Fellow members and York County Ham Radio Operators,As the situation continues to evolve with the current outbreak of Covid-19 here in the US and in particular our immediate surrounding counties, the club leadership is trying to be proactive in our response and support of membership.

The first concern we have is for our membership and their immediate families.

We will be moving all York County Amateur Radio Society nets to the KD4EOD, 147.225+, PL 110.9 repeater until the SC state of emergency is lifted. We will also be resuming 11am daily nets, again on the KD4EOD repeater. The purpose of the 11am net is predominately health and welfare. Let us know you’re OK. If you need anything, let the net know. YCARS will be doing everything possible to ensure that our ham family has what they need to get through this time of need. Especially our older members who are in the higher risk categories for COVID-19, please do not hesitate to ask for help.

VE Testing this Saturday!

Calling all test takers! Now’s the time to get your amateur radio license or upgrade to a higher class!

WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2020 – 9:30am
WHERE: YCARS Clubhouse, 2051 Squire Road, Rock Hill, SC

$15 cash. Bring government issued ID as well as an official copy of your existing license if upgrading.

Good luck to all!