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.
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.
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.
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.
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.