December Hobby Night

Join us on Thursday, December 5, at the YCARS clubhouse for our monthly hobby/fun night. Socialize. Chat ham radio. Meet other club members. Get on the air. Work a new mode. Get your HT programmed. There’s no set agenda other than hams having fun and hanging out!

Folks will start to arrive around 6pm and we typically hang out until around 8:30.

VE Test Session in December

Ready to get your Amateur Radio license or upgrade your existing license to a higher class? Join us on Saturday, December 21, at the YCARS clubhouse for our next Volunteer Examiner session!

Cost is $15. (Cash Only)

Bring photocopy of government issued picture ID, Pencil/Pen. For upgrades, bring copy of existing license.  Basic Calculators are allowed but not programmable ones.

Winter Field Day 2020!

YCARS will be participating in Winter Field Day again this year.
WHEN: January 25-26
WHERE: Westminster Park, 4000 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC

We will be helping Scouts get on the air during the event and running a Radio Merit Badge class. Come out, show your support, make some contacts! Enclosed operating positions, radios, antennas, and WiFi will be provided. Let’s get out and make as many contacts as possible under emergency conditions!

For more information on Winter Field Day, visit

Shack Training!

Have you found yourself walking into the YCARS shack and feeling a little overwhelmed? Do you have questions such as:

  • How do I log into the computers and use them?
  • How do I use digital modes from the shack?
  • How do I connect the right antenna to the right radio?
  • How do I use these latest technology rigs?
  • How do I use the amp?
  • What about logging?
  • Should I use K4YTZ or my personal callsign?
  • What do I need to be concerned with to ensure I don’t damage any equipment?

The shack is there for YCARS members to use. Get on the air. Make contacts. Leverage the beams. Get on bands you don’t have antennas for at home.

Join us on Thursday, November 14, at 6:30pm for a shack training session! This is an hour prior to the November monthly business meeting. The goal is to ensure that YOU feel comfortable walking into the shack, sitting down at a station, and have the ability to operate comfortably and safely. The shack is a fantastic asset that is the best club shack in the area! We want you to feel comfortable using it!

Technician Class – Starting in September!

An Amateur Radio Technician Class will be starting in September, 2019!

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Where: York County Amateur Radio Society clubhouse – 2051 Squire Rd, Rock Hill, SC.

It will continue each subsequent Saturday on September 21, and September 28 with the test being Saturday, October 5th at 8:30 AM at the Rock Hill Hamfest held at the NewKirk Baptist Church..

Cost is FREE except for cost of the book ($24) and the test ($15). You must bring this book to each class:  Gordon West Technician Class Manual (2018-22) w/ Bonus Audio CD.  It can be picked up at Buy Two Way Radios at 528 S. Cherry Rd., Rock Hill, SC or ordered from  

RSVP by sending an email to so you can reserve a spot and get additional class information.