Sullivan Amateur Radio Club

The Sullivan Amateur Radio Club’s Volunteer Examiner Team is pleased to announce that Mike Benton, KC0ZIN, successfully upgraded today to the Amateur General class license. Congratulations Mike!! All your hard work has paid off!

Be sure to congratulate Mike when you hear him on the air!!

What a fantastic evening! We had a great turnout, lots of great food and wonderful music to enjoy! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event as great as it was. A very special Thank You to Paul Barber, Rick Gehlert, Levan Guinn, and Allan Sieker for providing the exceptional music!

This is from the Nov meeting minutes about who is bring what on 12/12…

Dave – Ham
Chris W – Turkey
Allan – BBQ Beans (also bringing pulled pork ala Jason)
John – Drinks
Bill – Cookies
Frank Dinnerware
Paul – Meat balls

If you didn’t make the Nov meeting and are coming to the party then please bring whatever you can.


Allan Sieker

This year’s annual trip to the top of Taum Sauk mountain was just fabulous! In attendance we had Allan Sieker (AD0FT), Nick NIchols (KE5ILE), Paul Barber (AA0GB), Mike Benton (KC0ZIN), Chris Williams (KE0LKV), myself and a special visitor Danny Gillam (N0WNC). We arrived on site around 10:30 in the morning and got straight to putting up some antennas. Two radios were in operation, and we rotated people through them. Quite a few contacts were made across the country and in addition, Paul contacted someone in Spain and I believe Chris spoke to someone in Norway! Chris and Nick both contacted a special event station for the anniversary of the Voice of America and they will be getting certificates to hang on their walls for that! Congrats guys! That’s just super cool!

On the way down, Chris let us know that he had a surprise for us. He brought his barrel smoker and chicken wings and prepared them for us right there on site. Those of us who hadn’t purchased food yet, stopped in Steelville and purchased some hot dogs and bratwursts and Chris happily cooked them all up for us. And if that wasn’t enough, Chris brought an additional surprise. He brought brownie mix and all the ingredients and baked brownies for us right on the smoker in a cast iron skillet! Needless to say, we ate VERY WELL and we have Chris to thank for all of that!

The weather was beautiful and some of us climbed the fire tower that is located right there at the site. We could only go up to just below the cabin, but the climb was well worth it! The view was fantastic! There’s a couple of pictures of us on the tower in the gallery below.

Needless to say, we all had such great fun that we will definitely be doing it again next fall. In fact, there was such excitement, that there maybe be another outing in the month of October. Stay tuned!!

Some Brownie Fun!!!

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At our September meeting tonight, Mark Griffith, KD0QYN, will be assisting our members in setting up FLDIGI on the members computers. If you are interested, please bring your laptop, and your radio interface and radio if you can. Mark generated a substantial amount of interest at the last meeting with his introduction to the FLDIGI software. See you tonight at 6:00 pm.