Club Station

YARC Club Station – W7YRC

Our club station is located at the Jeep Posse building at 1200 Commerce Drive in Prescott.  See the directions listed below.

The club station has a Kenwood TS-570D HF transceiver, a SignaLink USB sound card, and VHF/UHF FM capabilities.  Antennas include a Cushcraft A-3 triband Yagi antenna for 20, 15, and 10 meters, with a 40 meter extension kit.  There is also a Cushcraft D3W rotatable dipole for the WARC bands (30, 17, and 12 meter bands).  There is a Diamond X-50 VHF/UHF vertical on the tower.  HF modes include SSB, CW, PSK31, JT-65, RTTY, and an assortment of other digital modes.

Pete Morrison, K6VVR is the W7YRC license trustee.

Directions to the Jeep Posse Building, 1200 Commerce Drive, Prescott (GPS will not direct you there)

From Willow Creek Road (near Tim’s Toyota):

  • Turn onto Commerce Drive (north)
  • Proceed through the 4-way stop
  • At the second street, turn Right (just before the Pioneer Park sign)
  • Immediately turn Left into the parking lot
  • Proceed all the way back of the parking lot to the Jeep Posse building.
  • The club station is behind the skating rink at Pioneer Park

The Club Station is now operational

Phase 1 installation of the club station is complete.  We are in the process of scheduling periodic operating open houses and also beginning ham open houses where we can demonstrate the station for new hams, as well as demonstrate proper operating procedures and answer questions.  Beginning ham radio topics will also be addressed.  Members can even bring their HF or VHF rigs to get their questions answered regarding how they operate.

If you want to operate the club station at a non-scheduled time, you can contact someone on the Access List (See Club Station Documents List below) to have them open up the station for you.

  • Please be respectful of the time of day that you call.
  • First try to contact someone on the Access List who has Access Code = “D” before contacting other members on the list.
  • Only contact those members on the Access List with “Contact for Access” = “YES”
  • The start up and shut down procedures are posted on the bulletin board and in the Club Station Operating Manual
  • Radio user manuals and the Club Station Operating Manual are stored in a marked desk drawer
  • Be aware, with individual operating access, there could be another event going on when you arrive.  In this case, you may not be able to operate at that time.

Club Station

The first phase of the club station is now complete.  The station consists of a Kenwood TS-450S HF transceiver, with antennas on the 30 foot tower for 40M, 20M, 15M, and 10M.  An Icom VHF/UHF transceiver is installed, using a Diamond X-50 dual band vertical mounted on top of the tower.  The Icom VHF/UHF will be swapped out this coming week with a Yaesu FT-8100R VHF/UHF transceiver which has a data port so that we can install a TNC to utilize Winlink to be able to send email messages via VHF internet gateways in the area.  We are planning on having the HF and VHF digital modes operational by the September 19 open house.

You can see pictures of the station and antennas below.

 Thanks to John Laing, K7PRS

Our sincere thanks go to John for donating new RG-8 coax to the club to allow completion of the club station antennas.  This was very nice  of John and we are very appreciative of his generosity.

Club Station Background

Our club has entered into a partnership with the Yavapai County Jeep Posse (YCJP) to create a YARC club station at the Jeep Posse building at 1200 Commerce Drive in Prescott.  This is a one year trial beginning June 03, 2015.  All of the station equipment in the desk below has been donated or loaned.

To operate the station on an individual basis, you will have to contact someone on the station access list to open up the building and station for your use.  Once the station is in operation, the club plans on having regularly scheduled open houses where any licensed amateur can visit and operate the station.

Club Station Documents:

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between YARC and YCJP.  Click the link here.

The Building and Club Station Access and Usage Rules.  Click the link here.

The building and station access list.  These members have the ability to open up the building and club station. To access this list, select “Members” on the menu and then select “Club Station Access List”.

Click any of the pictures below to enlarge them.

Club Station Aerial Shots provide by Bob Thompson, KC8BOB

The tower and antennas are at the upper left of the picture at the corner of the building.

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Club Station Desk – TS-450S and ICOM VHF/UHF FM Transceiver

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 Cushcraft A3 Tri-band Beam with 40 Meter Add-on Dipole and Diamond X-50 VHF/UHF Vertical

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Bud N7CW Helping Neil K7SEN install the 40 M add-on

Note the Diamond X-50 VHF/UHF vertical above the beam

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Neil K7SEN finishing up installation of the 40 M add-on

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