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Suwannee Amateur Radio club, N4SVC

Repeater:  145.410- PL123

President: Dan Gleason, W1QBI
Vice President: Jon "Big Dog" Beaver, KD4AMP
Secretary: Terry Webb, N0TW
Treasurer: Sandra Estevez, K4SME
Communications Director: Steve Kostro, N2CEI
Testing: Bill Preen,W4NQP

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We are proud to be Affiliated with the American Radio Relay League

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The Suwannee Amateur Radio Club was created on July 6, 2010, when Joe Kelman, KI4TTR, called a group of local hams together to discuss forming a club. Some of the others in attendance were Joe Bushel, W2DWR, Jack Hutchinson, KJ4NXD,Ben Andrews, KJ4UOR, Dan Gleason, W1QBI, Eric Black, KD4FLM, Jon Beaver, KD4AMP, Rocky Mansfield, KI4KLD and Tom Burnett, WA4ET.

The club house now sits on 90 acres of rustic north Florida woodlands just outside of Live Oak, Florida. Why all the land? For antennas of course!

The club has two Rohn-25 108 foot towers each with  a KT-34A on top with vertical omni-directional 10 meter antennas. Both towers support our 160M dipole at 100'. Future plans for these towers include fixed direction 10 M yagis at various heights and directions. To complete our tri-band collection is a Mosley Jr. 3 element now at 56 foot but will top off our  80' tower in the future. For 40M, we have constructed a modified K1WA sloper array with 6 separate directions. This is supported by a 80 foot tower fabricated from a 40 foot commercial tower and topped with Rohn 20.  Recently erected are two Titan Trylon 72' towers. One will hold our WARC antennas, a 3 ele on 12M, a 4 ele on 17 M,  a 30M rotatable dipole, and 4 slopers on 60M.  This tower will also be the feed point  for our 1200' horizontal loop  with lowest point being 70'. Our other 72' tower will be extended  and contain our 80M array that is still under construction. Delta Loops or 4 Square?  For our VHF station, we have a modest single yagis on 6M through 70 CM  at 70 feet. This is soon to be replaced with our last tower project, a 110' Rohn 55, that will be complete with multiple antennas  2M through 70CM and  single antennas 33 CM through 3CM.  This will then leave three short towers 56', 35', and 40' to hold our VHF FM antennas, Satellite antennas, various 6M yagis, and  our last slated project, a 2M EME array.

The SARC sponsors and maintains the Live Oak 145.410  (PL 123) repeater (the Shotgun), and a APRS node along with a  Sedan node, all located at an auxiliary location. Future plans are the permanent installation of our 53.390 MHz. (PL141.3)  6M repeater  and the reactivation of  a UHF pair for local communication.

In addition, Club President Dan Gleason W1QBI maintains the 145.270 (PL 123)  repeater in the nearby town of Wellborn and club member Patricio Fernandez, KC4GOL maintains the 443.600 (PL 127.3) repeater just south of town. All of the mention repeater frequencies along with 146.550 and 446.000 are utilized during our Thursday night net designed to practice emergency communications. The Net Control is run from our clubhouse and we include  accessing the surrounding county repeaters taking check-ins to activate the Central North Florida / Southern Georgia area. Please see our Web Site @ www.suwanneearc.org for frequency order and Net details.

On the weekends the Club call , N4SVC can be found in most contests or activities as a multi-op station utilizing various equipment from major manufactures and of home brew nature. We enjoy all modes of operation and as of now are active on 160M through 70 CM.  If you hear us on, stop by and say Hi!


N2CEI doing 40 meter array tower work !!3 antennas            Tri-Band @ 56'                                           Servicing the 40M Array Switchbox


                                                        Looking NNE @ 100 foot

Radio Room

                         Our 5 operating positions (when they were new!)  5 seats,  all bands, all modes.

 Jon invites everyone and anyone to the clubhouse but -----there is a Vetting process!


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