Sullivan Amateur Radio Club

The Sullivan Amateur Radio Club would like to congratulate our newest ham, Dana Brewer! Dana passed his Technician exam yesterday morning and is anxiously awaiting his call sign. Please make Dana feel welcome when you hear him on the air or meet him in person!

And we have a winner! Barb Siegfried is our winner for the Henry Golden Boy!

Thanks to Rachel for drawing our winner!

On Monday, December 3rd, 2018, the Sullivan Amateur Radio Club engaged Radio Comm of Krakow, MO to climb the West Sullivan Water Tower and mount the antenna for the 146.805 repeater.  In addition to the antenna, Radio Comm placed the 1/2 inch Heliax coax all the way down the tower to our repeater cabinet!

In addition to getting the antenna mounted and the coax run, we had our electrical contractor to come out and cut the power into our cabinet as well.

I would like to thank Anthony xxxx and Jeremy Linnsxxxx from Radio Comm.  The weather was cold and windy and Anthony climbed the tower like a true pro!  It HAD to be 20 degrees colder up there in that wind, and I can speak for the entire club when I say we are so thankful for his dedication to getting it “all just right”!  Jeremy wanted to minmize his role, but he was Anthony’s ground crew and without him, it wouldn’t have gone as well as it did!  The Sullivan Amateur Radio Club thanks you both for your efforts on a very cold morning in December!!

I’d also like to express my heart felt thanks to Jerry Waeltermann and Allan Sieker, who were also part of the effort.  It’s a group effort.  

The repeater is on the air but it has some issues at this time.  We are aware that the repeated audio is not what it should be.  We also believe that the repeater’s squelch needs to be adjusted.  We will be attending to these things asap.

I know it’s been a long time coming, but I am grateful to everyone involved for their efforts to get it back in service.  Thank you everyone, whose been a part of this effort!

Here are the pictures from Monday!

On Friday, November 30th, 2018 the Sullivan Amateur Radio Club convened a work party to move the cabinet for the new 146.805 repeater into place at the West Sullivan Water Tower site.  The crew consisted of Paul Barber (AA0GB), Chris Wiliams (KE0LKV), Jerry Waeltermann (KB0DOG), Paul Willams (KD0JVA), Allan Sieker (AD0FT), and yours truly, your happy reporter.  The goal:  to move the cabinet without damage and without getting anyone hurt!

I am happy to report that the effort was fantastically successful.  Big thanks to everyone involved but we’d like to especially thank Chris Williams for bringing his tractor with which he moved the cabinet into place.  He made it look so easy!!

Below are some photos of the happy crew!

146.205 mHz, 1.6 swr, 50 ohms.

I just completed the initial tuning of the new Ringo antenna for the 146.805 repeater to get things in the ballpark. We might get a lower SWR when it is tuned as it sits on top of the water tower after installation.