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Update from the President:


Our Annual meeting was held on September 8th, at which time we were supposed to hold elections. Due to an out of state job, that lasted 7 weeks longer then expected, I was unable to get my article and absentee ballot into the editor for publication. Since we did not get proper notice out, election for Vice-President, Treasurer, and  (1) Director will be held at the December meeting, as well as the proposed By-Law change as stated in the last newsletter. Nominations will be opened up at the December meeting. An absentee ballot is located else where in this newsletter. A space will be provided for any write in votes. Absentee ballots must be received at the Mt. Clemens box by noon Friday the 30th of November.


It is with great pleasure that I announce that the backlog of request for co-ordinations has been brought up to date, except for 2M requests, which is on my shoulders. All bands and out of state request are up to date, thanks to all on the Board who have stepped up to the plate to get this job done.

I was hoping to get started after the September meeting, but on the 13th of the month I had a work related accident, were I broke my right wrist in five places and needless to say I am right handed. Plus, my head came down pretty hard on asphalt, resulting in five stitches. I hope to start on the backlog in a couple of weeks.


Remember, TDS’s are due yearly, but can go up to two years. Please help keep your information current in our Database.


Our December meeting will be in the Lansing. We will no longer move the meeting around to the state to the different quadrates. This is a centralize location and is convenient for all.


If anyone has any questions, you can reach the Board via of the website, or my phone number is 586-465-7126.




Dennis, W8DFG






Date:  Saturday, Sept 8, 2007  1:00 PM

Place:  Lansing, Delta Twp Fire Dept.




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:  none


One visitor present.


Meeting called to order by the President at:  1:00 PM


Motion to accept the minutes as printed in the newsletter made by Ron,W8YUC,  supported by Phil, W8IC, motion carried.


Treasurer’s report provided by Dave Johnson, WD8DJB.  Motion to accept the report made by Jim, KB8IFE, supported by Ron, W8YUC, motion carried.


Old business:  none


New business: 


Dennis, W8DFG, requested that a motion be made to postpone the passing of the bylaw changes and the elections to the December meeting.  Motion made by Dan, seconded by Jim WB8AZP, motion passed 


Phil made a motion proposing a change to the DOG, Resolution # 11 as follows:  additional splinter frequencies may be used if approved by the board.  The board can permit the additional frequencies by using email messages.  A majority of the board must approve. Motion seconded by Dave, discussion followed.   Vote taken and passed.


Phil brought a question about an NFCC request:  he discussed the NFCC request that a vote be taken by its members. The question was whether the NFCC should send a letter to the FCC asking them to classify digital voice repeaters as repeaters the same as regular voice repeaters.  The NFCC will then draft a letter to present the results to the FCC if the vote passes. 

At the meeting it was thought that we had 4 votes, however the NFCC was contacted and Michigan has 5 votes. 


Jim WB8AZP move that we cast our votes in support of classifying the D-Star systems as repeaters, letter to be sent from the NFCC to the FCC if it passes.  Jim KB8IFE seconded.  Discussion.  Motion amended by Dan and seconded by Ann, to state that Phil will cast the votes for MARC in favor classifying the D-star system as repeaters, discussion, vote taken, motion passed. 


Dave made a motion that we upgrade the MARC laptop memory to 2 gig. 

The amount is not to exceed $250.00.   Seconded by Jim WB8AZP.  Discussion, vote taken, motion passed. 


Dennis will check on the annual fee to the state for MARC.



Phil had questions for discussion as follows:  What to do if a repeater is moved more than 5 miles?  (It must be re-coordinated).   What if there is a waiting list?  (Must wait until their spot on the list comes up).  Do you lose your coordination?  (Yes, if the new position cannot be re-coordinated).  General consensus was that their coordination must wait until the bottom of the waiting list, however, their existing coordination will be held in position until their spot on the waiting list comes up. The coordinator will then attempt to re-coordinate the moved repeater.


Next meeting will be held at Delta Twp. Fire Dept.  (Lansing) – December 1, 2007.



Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Dan and 2nd by Ron, motion carried. 

Time:  1:53 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Ann Manor, KT8F


Database Manager’s Corner


Things have been quite hectic in my corner during August, September and October.  We were spared extensive damage from the EF-3 tornado that ravaged our neighborhood on Aug 24th.  We were six hundred feet from the nearest house that was destroyed.  It was lucky there we only a few minor injuries.  We lost a tree, HF antenna, siding and our roofing.  We’re all restored now and there are lots of new barns and homes rising in the neighborhood.

TDS forms were caught up by the end of October and the MARC Repeater Directory has been updated.  Preparations have started for MARC’s submission to the ARRL for the 2008 – 2009 ARRL Repeater directory.  I would like repeater trustees to get their updates in to me by Dec 15, 2007.  So I have time to process the changes and get them recorded in the database before my ARRL deadline.


Dave Johnson, WD8DJB



Treasurer’s Report For the Period: 08/31/07 to 10/31/07


MARC Funds balance on 08/31/07 was $ 4,188.62


Total income for the period was $ 23.84 from interest.

Total expense for the September – October period was $ 372.37

for a newsletter mailing and memory upgrade to the

MARC Laptop.


MARC Funds balance on 10/31/07 was $ 3,840.09


Respectfully Submitted


Dave Johnson, WD8DJB

MARC Treasurer



Supporting Detail


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Meeting Location:    

 December 1, 2007  1:00 pm

 Delta Township Fire Station

 811 N. Canal Rd.

 Lansing, MI






Directions:   Take I-96 to M-43 exit 93, go East to the first traffic light at Canal Rd.

                         Turn left (North) on Canal Rd, go 150' to Administration Dr turn left (West), the new fire station will

                         be on your right. Take the first driveway on the right to the West parking lot.  Enter the building at         

                         the South entrance on Administration Dr.



MARC Officers                                                     Appointed Positions:

President:           Dennis Gaboury W8DFG

Frequency Coordinator 902MHz & up        Dan Thompson  N8WKM

Vice President:   Jim Maike KB8IFE

Frequency Coordinator 440MHz & down:  Dennis Gaboury  W8DFG

Secretary:           Ann Manor  KT8F

Frequency Coordinator Links & Control:    Phil Manor  W8IC

Treasurer:           Dave Johnson  WD8DJB

Database Manager:                                         Dave Johnson  WD8DJB

Director:             Ron Gordon W8YUC

Newsletter Editor                                             Dan Thompson  N8WKM

Director:             James Kvochick WB8AZP



All MARC officers receive email using their callsign@miarc.com



Absentee Ballot


Vice President:

   ___            Jim Maike KB8IFE

   ___            ____________________  Write in Candidate        



   ___            Dave Johnson WD8DJB

   ___            _____________________  Write in Candidate        




   ___            Jim Kvochick WB8AZP

   ___            _____________________  Write in Candidate