June 2, 2007
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2007 1:00 PM
Place: Hudsonville Fairgrounds IRA Hamfest
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: Ron Gordon W8YUC
Four visitors in attendance.
Meeting called to order by the President at: 1:04 PM.
Minutes from previous meeting read by Ann, KT8F. Motion to accept the minutes as printed in the newsletter made by Jim, KB8IFE, supported by Dave, WD8DJB, motion carried. Treasurer’s report provided by Dave Johnson, WD8DJB. Motion to accept the report made by Dan, N8WKM, supported by Phil, W8IC, motion carried.
Discussion on D-star and digital coordinations.
Jim, KB8IFE made a motion that the 20-mile separation be increased to 50 miles for adjacent splinter channel digital to analog spacing in Resolution #11. Seconded by Phil, W8IC. Discussion followed. Vote taken, motion carried.
Phil, W8IC made a motion that we change the wording of Resolution #11, as follows:
Delete the words “using the D-Star format” and adding “similar to P-25 and D-Star and using standard off-sets.” in the first sentence.
Supported by Dan, N8WKM. Discussion, vote taken, motion carried.
Dennis stated that from now on, starting in September 2007, all meetings will be held in the Lansing area. The September newsletter will be the only one that will be mailed out. All other issues will be posted to the MARC website. This will require a bylaws change.
Phil made a motion that the bylaws be changed as follows:
Delete the following paragraph;
Article 1 B 6
Publish a quarterly newsletter to be electronically mailed to all members, all coordinated repeater trustees, all Great Lakes area coordinators, and the ARRL Section Manager for the State of Michigan. Also mailed via USPS to all current members when requested, listing information which may be of concern to them, such as: new repeaters coordinated during the previous quarter; disputes or interference problems which are currently known; and the date, time, and place of the next meeting of the MARC.
Insert new paragraph as a replacement:
Article 1 B 6
Publish a quarterly newsletter to be electronically posted to the MARC Web Site. A notification of a new newsletter will be emailed to all members, all coordinated repeater trustees, all Great Lakes area coordinators, and the ARRL Section Manager for the State of Michigan. The date, time, and place of the next meeting of the MARC will be included in the newsletter. The September issue will be USPS mailed to all who request it.
Motion supported by Jim, KB8IFE. Discussion followed. Vote taken, motion carried. MARC members in good standing will have 30 days to respond to this proposed change.
A vote to change this bylaw by the membership will take place at the September meeting.
Dennis stated that we need a nomination committee needs to be formed. The committee will consist of non-running officers. The nominations will be for VP, Treasurer and Board Member. Elections will take place at the September meeting.
Dennis brought to the membership the proposed by-laws change from the March 3, 2007 meeting:
ARTICLE II - Membership and Dues
F. While in office a voting member of the Board will be exempt from paying annual dues during their term in office.
Vote taken, the proposed change was defeated.
Jim, KB8IFE reported on the coordinations he has made on the 440 mHz band.
Dan discussed some ideas that he has regarding backlogs and paper repeaters.
Phil stated that Resolution # 4 and 5# from 2004 need to be moved into the bylaws as they will expire under the DOG if no action is taken. Dan moved that we vote to place Resolution #4 under the DOG as currently written into the bylaws, seconded by Phil, W8IC. Discussion followed. Vote taken. Motion carried.
Dan moved that we also place Resolution #5 into the bylaws, seconded by Jim, KB8IFE, vote taken, motion carried. These will be brought to the membership for a vote in September.
Discussion regarding packet digital repeaters. MARC does not coordinate packet digital repeaters at this time.
Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Dan, and 2nd by Jim, KB8IFE at: 2:20 PM. Motion carried.
Ann Manor, KT8F, Recording Secretary