Welcome to the MARC Newsletter a publication of the Michigan Area Repeater Council. This news letter is published quarterly in conjunction with the quarterly business meetings. If you prefer a non-columnized version of this newsletter click here for the wide version.
Please notice the instructions for the December electronic meeting.
The ARRL is requiring more data from MARC for its repeater directory.
Dave, WD8DJB, our treasurer and database manager, is working on the MARC database and TDS on line application forms. This very time consuming work will allow MARC to supply the ARRL with data like digital repeater color codes. It is possible that the web site may be affected by the work at times. Please fill in the new TDS application as completely as possible when it becomes available so that Dave does not have to spend extra time asking for additional information from you.
73, Phil W8IC
Electronic Meeting Information:
The Dec 5, meeting is an Electronic Meeting at 1:00pm!
PHONE BRIDGE ONLY:
Dial In Number: 312-777-1449
WEBMEETING & Phone Bridge:
Your browser must be Microsoft™ Internet
Explorer Version 4.x, 5.x or Netscape™ Communicator Version 4.x.
Participation in the webmeeting is only needed for things like slideshow
presentations, or use of a whiteboard where someone may need to do an illistration.
It also allows us the opportunity to display the actual text of a motion for everyone
to read. If you are unable to participate in the webmeeting you may still join in
on the phone bridge from wherever you are.
Database Manager's Corner:
I have been burning the midnight oil, making a number of “back office” programming changes to store and process a series of revisions to our TDS Form. The changes are required to collect and store additional data for submission to the ARRL. You can take a sneak peak here: New TDS Form, just remember it's not in production just yet so, if you submit the form it will only supply me with TEST DATA.
Repeaters trustees, if you last submitted a TDS form prior to 01/01/2011 your repeater will not be included in our 2016 submission to the ARRL. Your repeater is also a candidate for De-Coordination. So take a minute and check your entry in the MARC Repeater Directory to see if it is time to update your records.
We are attempting to respond to every TDS form we receive by return email so you know that your form has been received and you have a copy of what was submitted. If you submitted a TDS and did not receive an email response please contact us at email@example.com.
Dave Johnson, WD8DJB
MARC Meeting Minutes
Date: September 9, 2015
Meeting called to order by Phil at: 1:00 PM.
The secretary read minutes of the June 6, 2015 meeting. Motion to approve the minutes was made by Dave, seconded by Dan, vote taken, minutes approved.
Treasurer’s report provided by Dave. Motion to accept the report made by Ann, supported by Dan,vote taken, motion carried.
Phil stated that elections for the offices of Vice-President,
Treasurer, and one Director are to be held today. The incumbents
had agreed to run again as follows:
Vice-president: Dan Thompson, N8WKM
Resolution 11: Discussion. Phil called for a vote to include
resolution #11 into the bylaws per a motion made at the
June 2, 2015 meeting. Vote taken, Resolution #11 passed.
Dave informed the board that there will be some changes required for the MARC database submission to the ARRL repeater directory. This is due to to changes in the required format. Dave will have to collect additional information from the trustees as they will need to provide the repeater type and access codes for digital repeaters. Many man hours are required to rewrite the programs MARC uses for TDS submissions and database management. Much discussion on the issue. Dan intends to write a letter to the coordinators of the surrounding states addressing this issue.
Motion to adjourn made by Dan, seconded by Jim at 1:45 PM, motion carried.
Note: The December meeting will be conducted electronically on December 5 at 1 PM.
Ann Manor, KT8F, Recording Secretary
MARC Funds balance on 7/31/2015 was $ 5,100.01
MARC Funds as of 7/31/2015
Share Acct Bal
Money Market Bal
Interest Aug, Sep, Oct & Nov.
IX Webhosting(1 yr)
Marc Funds as of 11/30/2015
Share Acct Bal
Money Market Bal
|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||Frequency Coordinator: Jim Poehlman K8ABZ|
|Director: Fred Moses W8FSM||Database Manager: Dave Johnson WD8DJB|
|Director: James Kvochick K8JK||Newsletter Editor: Dan Thompson N8WKM|