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.
Open House of Club Station Shack
There will be a YARC club station open house on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 1000 to 1300 MST.
Take a tour of the club station and operate the station during the ARRL International DX SSB
This is a chance for anyone, experienced or not, to work stations in other countries.
Frank Bender K8FB and Art Protas KG6AY will be hosting this event. The club station is at 1200
Commerce Drive, Prescott in the Jeep Posse building. GPS won’t take you exactly there. Look for the
tower with all of the antennas behind the skating rink at Pioneer Park. This event is open to any
Club Station Shack
In July 2017, Randy Dashiell W6TYV and Curt Freeman KI7OWL built counter tops and shelves for us at
the YARC Club Station shack. Art Protas KG6AY, Jim Zimmerman N6KZ, Mike Reid N7IEP,
Tim Norton K7PVY, and Frank Bender K8FB then re-assembeled the station in our new shack at the
Jeep Posse building. Tim K7PVY painted the club station shack the final color.
Art and Jim did the bulk of the extensive work required to get the station set up.
Art Protas KG6AY and Jim Zimmerman N6KZ assembling the club station:
Panoramic shot of the club station by Mike Belanger W1DGL
The station consists of three operating positions. The main station position is an ICOM IC-746
transceiver, using antennas for 80 through 6 Meters on all bands except 60 Meters. This station is
set up to work SSB, CW, FM (on 10 Meters), and most digital modes, including the FT8 digital mode.
ICOM IC-746 – Station A
ICOM TS-570D – Station A
The second position is a Kenwood TS-570D operating SSB, CW, and the digital modes using antennas
from 80 through 10 meters on all bands except 60 Meters.
The third position is an ICOM IC-706 Mk IIG, which will primarily be used on 6 meters. using a 5
element Yagi beam.
Club station antennas include a dual band VHF/UHF Comet X-50, an HF tri-band Yagi (10, 15, and 20
meters) with a 40 meter rotatable dipole extension, a WARC (30, 17, and 12 meters) rotatable dipole,
and a 160/80 meter dipole. The antennas are on or supported by our 55 foot crank up tower.
Also on the tower is a 5 element 6 meter beam donated by Pete Morrison K6VVR.
We have a Kenwood TM-V7 VHF/UHF transceiver and TNC to utilize Winlink to be able to send email
messages via VHF internet gateways in the area. We have the HF and VHF digital modes operational.
YARC has a truly awesome club station. It is really something to be proud of.
Frank Bender K8FB is the Station Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tiim Norton K7PVY is the W7YRC license trustee.
Doug Freeman KV8TD is the N7GMH license trustee.
Directions to the Jeep Posse Building, 1200 Commerce Drive, Prescott
(GPS will not direct you there) – Coordinates are N 34 36.704 W 112 27.808
From Willow Creek Road:
- 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
2020 Club Station Calendar
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 calendar is outdated. Contact Frank Bender K8FB regarding any
questions regarding YARC Jeep Posse building reservations.
Jeep Posse Building Open and Shutdown Procedures
If you are responsible for opening and closing the club stations, following are the Open and Shutdown
YCJP Building Open and Shutdown Procedures.
The Club Station is operational
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
- 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.
The station consists of a Kenwood TS-570D HF transceiver, with antennas on the 30 foot tower for HF
bands from 80 through 10 Meters. We also have an ICOM IC-746 Pro HF/ 6 Meter transceiver. A Kenwood
VHF/UHF transceiver is installed, using a Diamond X-50 dual band vertical mounted on top of the tower.
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. YCJP has allowed us to maintain
our club station in the Jeep Posse building into 2022.
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 Building Access and Usage Rules. LINK
Club Station Access List
The building and station access list. These members have the ability to open up the building and club
Club Station Aerial Shot – provided by Bob Thompson, KC8BOB
Click any of the pictures below to enlarge them.
The tower and antennas are at the upper left of the picture at the corner of the building.
55 Foot Crank Up Tower Being Raised
Cushcraft A3 Tri-band Beam with 40 Meter Add-on Dipole, 30/17/12 Meter Rotatable Dipole, and Diamond
X-50 VHF/UHF Vertical. On the tower is also a 5 element 6 Meter yagi antenna. We also have a 80/ 40/ 20/
15 Meter trap dipole.
We are proud to partner with the Yavapai County Jeep Posse. They allow us to locate our club station at
the Jeep Posse building.
Memorandum of Agreement with the YCJP, effective 2017-03-10
LINK TO MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
Club Station Inventory – 09/01/2020 by Tim Norton K7PVY