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 to 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.

March Presentation Meeting – Skywarn

The March presentation meeting will be held on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30pm. It will be presented live from the YCARS clubhouse. However, to practice social distancing, we ask that no members come to the clubhouse in person.

The presentation will be streamed live on the York County Amateur Radio Society YouTube channel. Chat will be monitored for questions. We will also have a net running during the presentation on the KD4EOD repeater. Attendees can radio in questions through the net.

Please join Daniel Boyer online and learn about Skywarn! Again, please do not attend in person unless specifically asked to do so to assist with video production.

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.

SC QSO Party – February 29!

Join YCARS for the SC QSO party on February 29, at the YCARS clubhouse, from 10am – 9pm EST.

We will have two stations on the air. We will be operating 160 – 10m from the YCARS clubhouse and hope to make loads of contacts across the state and across the country!

This is a fun contest. YCARS’ participation this year will be focused more on fun than on winning. We encourage all members who would like experience and practice operating under contest conditions to come out and get on the air!