Nixa Sucker Days Special Event Station Success!

On Saturday, May 16th, members of the Nixa ARC set up and operated the 2009 version of the Sucker Days Special Event station, using callsign KC0LUN.

16 of the club's members greeted the public, answered questions about amateur radio, and operated the special event station. The station was set up and operational by 9:30 a.m. and was shut down at 6:00 p.m. Throughout the day, we took 38 check in's on the 53.270, 145.270 and 442.275 repeaters. We also had check in's on 50.125 USB, EchoLink and IRLP. We utilized the club's new Comet GP-15 for 2m / 6m and UHF operations, and also tried out the new SQ-50 Squalo for 6-meter SSB. These antennas will be installed at the Fire Department after field day for use with the club's new HF Station. We used a Yaesu FT-920 for 6m FM and SSB, and used the Yaesu FT-8900 for 6m, 2m and UHF FM.

Though the morning was wet, windy and cold, the weather cleared up and we had a great time! Special thanks to Dean Gaines, KC0SQD; Jeff Kerr, KC0VGC; Al Gallo, W0ERE; Chris Raymond, KC0TLE; John Copelin, KC0QNM; Randy Jordan, KC0UKB; Kim Adkins, KC0GKP; Richard Doucey, KD0HGY; Kent Doucey, N0IRM; Gary Doucey, N0IRN; Jeff Morrissey, KB0WVT; Jim Adkins, KC0IYI; Brian Umbenhower, K0OLD; John Perkins, W6OQS; James Adkins, KB0NHX and Brooke Morrissey, KC0YVF for coming out and setting up, operating and helping tear down the booth. We'd also like to thank James French, KC0TQD, for the bottled water!

We were surprised at the number of amateur operators that had recently moved into the Springfield / Nixa / Ozark area that stopped by wanting to know more about the club and our activities. We also had several kids that were interested that pulled their parents over to the table and wanted to know about amateur radio. It's amazing how interested the kids are when they hear the radio traffic and see the radios.

If you couldn't make it out this year, plan to come out next year. The event was great fun and a huge success!