Michigan Area Repeater Council
Meeting Minutes††

December 2, 2006












Meeting Place:Elkís club, Lapeer MI




President:Dennis Gaboury, W8DFG

Vice President:Jim Maike, KB8IFE

Secretary:Ann Manor, KT8F

Treasurer:Dave Johnson, WD8DJB

Director:Ron Gordon, W8YUC

Director: Jim Kvochick, WB8AZP

Coordinator:Dan Thompson, N8WKM

Coordinator:Phil Manor, W8IC


Database Manager:Dave Johnson, WD8DJB

Newsletter Editor:Dan Thompson, N8WKM


Absent:Jim Maike, KB8IFE


Meeting called to order by the President at:1:12 PM


Minutes from previous meeting read by Ann, KT8F.†† Motion to accept the minutes as printed in the newsletter made by Dave, WD8DJB and 2nd by Ron, W8YU, motion carried.


Treasurerís report provided by Dave Johnson, WD8DJB.Motion to accept the report made by Jim, WB8AZP and supported by Dan, N8WKM, motion carried.


The March meeting will be held at the Elkís club in Midland.


Old business:


Discussion re: the problem of assigning frequencies for D-Star repeaters.


Dan, N8WKM made a proposal:Resolution #11 under the DOG as follows:


That we begin allowing provisional coordinations of Digital voice/data

repeaters using the D-Star format. These provisional coordinations will be placed into the current analog repeater sub-band on channels between existing analog repeaters. For the purpose of the DOG the channels that will be used for experimentation will be:



147.010, 147.030, 147.050, 147.070, 147.090



444.0125, 444.0375, 444.0625, 444.0875, 444.1125


Repeater separation standards will be a minimum of 70 miles between co-channel repeaters. Adjacent channel spacing between digital repeaters will be left to experimentation; however spacing to adjacent channel analog repeaters will be no less than 10 miles.


Repeaters that are offered this provisional coordination may have those

coordinations changed as needed for the purpose of experimentation as we continue to learn about how the D-STAR format will affect amateur repeater operation.


Each person who is offered this provisional coordination will acknowledge that this provisional coordination does not offer protection under the DOG and that they are responsible to work to alleviate any and all interference complaints proven to be a result of the operation of the digital repeater. Each person will acknowledge an understanding of the DOG as outlined by MARC By-Laws.


The motion was supported by Phil, W8IC, discussion, vote taken, motion carried.


There is no need at this time to place 1.2GHZ under the dog


New business:

Dennis stated that he and Jim, WB8AZP completed an audit today for the period of June 2006 to December 2006.All was in order.


Dennis stated that since the bylaw change regarding TDS submission is now in effect, certified letters of notification should go out to repeaters that are 3 years or more in arrears.


Jim made a proposal that the BOD approve funds to purchase a Norton Anti-virus update, supported by Phil, motion carried.


Ron proposed that BOD members who attend a minimum of 3 meetings/year be exempt from paying dues.Discussion.Dan made a motion that this issue be tabled at this time, 2nd by Jim, motion carried.††


Phil, W8IC made a motion to amend the bylaws to incorporate resolutions #4 and #5 from the DOG into the bylaws.Discussion followed. There was no second. There were no 440 coordinations made under the resolution yet. These resolutions will be brought up at the March meeting


Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Dan, WD8DJBand 2nd by Ron,W8YUC


Time 2:20 PM


Respectfully submitted,

Ann Manor, KT8F