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|Please notice the instructions for the December electronic meeting.|
Congratulations to the elected officers of MARC. Vice president; Dan Thompson, N8WKM. Treasurer; Dave Johnson, WD8DJB, and Board Member; Jim Kvochick, WB8AZP. All three have been with MARC for years and their dedication to the repeater Council is greatly appreciated.
The repeater council has a major problem in making new coordinations. We need to have frequency pairs that are coordinated but not in use returned to the pool. If you are holding a coordination, and your repeater is off the air, please send in a TDS and comment that you are returning the pair.
After the first of the year, I hope to start a program to gain back the unused coordinations by sending out notices of decoordination to all sponsors and trustees that are 3 or more years behind in their annual report. Those that do not reply will be decoordinated after 30 days.
At this time, there are very few 440 coordinations available in the Southern part of the state and 2 meters is generally unavailable in the South, until some unused pairs are returned.
MARCíS next electronic meeting will be conducted on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM. Info on how to join in the meeting will be found elsewhere in this newsletter.
73, Phil W8IC
Database Manager's Corner
We have a number of TDS forms that are overdue. Over 28% of the repeaters in our database
have not been updated in two or more yearís. If your TDS is not current, the deadline to
have your TDS information included in the 2011 Ė 2012 ARRL Repeater Directory is 12/31/10.
So take a minute and check your entry in the MARC Repeater Directory to see if it is time
to update your records.
There have been a number of requests that have had to be set aside due to the lack of available pairs. Many of these requests could probably be finished if people who are holding coordinations without having a repeater on the air would simply return those coordinations to the pool. If your repeater has been off the air for more than 6 months, you agreed to abandon the coordination and return the pair to the pool. Violations jeapordize future attempts at coordination. Are you one of the people who is violating the agreement of a coordination?
This is most surely going to be a topic at the next meeting.
Electronic Meeting Information:
The December meeting is an Electronic Meeting!
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on the phone bridge from wherever you are.
MARC Meeting Minutes
Date: September 17, 2011
Meeting called to order by Phil at: 1:05 PM.
A motion to approve minutes from the June meeting was made by Dan, seconded by Fred; vote
taken, minutes were approved.
A motion was made during the June 2011 meeting to change the bylaws as follows:
Article III, part B, Section 3: Secretary. The secretary shall maintain accurate records of the
events of each meeting of the MARC, and perform such other duties as are customarily associated with
the title of secretary. The secretary shall also be responsible as resident agent with the state of Michigan,
and shall either act as that agent or be responsible to see that another person shall be appointed by vote
of the board to become resident agent with the state of Michigan.
New Business:Ann made a motion to appoint Dave as the resident agent to the State of Michigan for MARC. Supported by Dan, motion approved. Dave will now be the MARC resident agent to the State of Michigan.
A discussion took place regarding the co-channel clearance requirements when crossing Lake Michigan. MARC will continue with the present separation requirements for now.
Phil reported that he is working on seven 440 applications and also one 2 meter application. He is waiting on three decoordinations to continue on 440. Two of the 440 applications were for Moto-Trbo mode repeaters. Because of their design even though these are considered "narrow band" devices (using 2.5 KHz modulation bandwidth) and offer a digital voice mode, these repeaters will need to operate on a standard channel as opposed to the splinter channels offered to other digital voice repeaters.
Phil has not been unable to get a response from Jack Smits, KD8LLJ. He had submitted an application for a 440 repeater for West Michigan Amateur radio Club, KD8PHR. Phil reported that he had sent three emails and made one phone call with no results. Jackís application is now at the bottom of the list. If anyone knows Jack or an any other officer of the West Michigan Amateur Radio Club, please contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kurt, WU8V offered to help with coordinations. Phil will contact him with details concerning coordination procedures.
Motion to adjourn made by Fred, seconded by Jim.
Domain Name Renewal 2 yrs
AskSam 7 Software Upgrade
2011 Michigan Non Profit Filing
Batteries Laptop Mouse
Marc Funds as of 10/31/2011
December Meeting Information:
December 3 2011
For the Conference Bridge:
For the Web Meeting:
|MARC Officers||Appointed Positions|
|President: Phil Manor W8IC||Frequency Coordinator 902MHz: & up Dan Thompson N8WKM|
|Vice President: Dan Thompson N8WKM||Frequency Coordinator 440MHz: Phil Manor W8IC|
|Secretary: Ann Manor KT8F||Frequency Coordinator Links & Control: Phil Manor W8IC|
|Treasurer: Dave Johnson WD8DJB||Database Manager: Dave Johnson WD8DJB|
|Director: Fred Moses W8FSM||Newsletter Editor: Dan Thompson N8WKM|
|Director: James Kvochick WB8AZP|