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.
Stop by and say hi to YCARS at the Charlotte Hamfest on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9.
YCARS will have a table set up. We will providing information about our club and will have membership applications on hand.
While saying hello, you will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win a brand new Yaesu FT-70DR! Help YCARS and receive a chance to win a fantastic dual-band, digital capable HT!!
Rock Hill now has the FIRST digital-only Yaesu System Fusion Repeater in SC! Coverage of this repeater is proving to be good. It is linked to Wires-X. ALL Yaesu System Fusion radio owners are encouraged to use the repeater and feel free to link it to any Wires-X room anywhere in the world they would like. It’s here to serve the local ham community!
The frequency for the repeater is currently 440.250 with a +5MHz offset.
February’s presentation meeting will be held on Thursday, February 28. Socializing will begin around 6:30pm with the presentation beginning promptly at 7:30pm.
The presentation will be given by John Gendron, NJ4Z. The topic is DX Operation & DX Cluster.
John is an avid DX’er. In his presentation, John will cover proper etiquette for working DX, tips and tricks to get through to those rare DX stations, and how to FIND those DX contacts that you still need. Additionally, John will relay his first hand knowledge of operating from a DX location as well as planning and executing a DX-pedition. This should be a fantastic meeting, for sure! Hope to see as many folks as possible attend.
YCARS opened their door to the new York County ARES organization on Thursday, January 17. 14 area Amateurs who have already joined, or who have since joined ARES were in attendance.
York County ARES has been hard at work since being formed just a few months ago. They have been holding weekly ARES nets, each Monday at 9pm, on the KD4EOD repeater. Net manager is Steve, W3SPC.
John, NJ4Z and Steve, W3SPC, have met with leadership for York County Communications and York County Emergency Management. They are working to define the primary and secondary roles that ARES will play in auxiliary and emergency communications to support York County.
YC ARES has met with numerous public service organizations, including DHEC and the Red Cross, and are currently defining ARES roles and responsibilities in those organizations emergency communications plans.
A tactical communications plan is currently being developed. This plan will outline the standard operating procedures if a disaster strikes our area.