WEB SITE: http://www.miarc.com        e-mail: mail@miarc.com

JUNE  2006


Treasurer’s Report:

For the Period: 02/28/06 to 04/30/06


MARC Funds balance on 02/28/06 was $3,722.82.


Total income for the period was $ 107.07 from dues, interest and payment for MARC entries in the ARRL 2006-2007 Repeater Directory.

Total expense for the period was $ 0.00.


MARC Funds balance on 04/30/06 was $3,829.89.


Respectfully Submitted


Dave Johnson, WD8DJB

MARC Treasurer


Supporting Detail:


MARC Funds as of 02/28/2006


Share Acct

$    5.00


Money Market






Beginning Bal.










$   90.00





Total Income

$  107.07

$  107.07








$    0.00


Total Expenses

$    0.00

$    0.00










Share Acct

$    5.00


Money Market






Ending Balance




Database Managers Corner


Just a quick reminder, over 20% of our coordinated repeaters have a TDS that is overdue.  Please take a minute to check your repeater in the MARC Repeater Directory.  If the entry is RED you have a TDS that is overdue.


Thanks to all of you who take the time to submit accurate updates.  It really makes my job easier and improves the validity of MARC data.


Dave Johnson, WD8DJB



Editors Note:


Having just returned from Dayton I learned that Icom has just released their D-Star repeater. While D-Star is not new, it is new in the US. D-Star has been quite successful in the UK and in Japan.


With D-Star making it’s appearance in the US we have many things to look forward to as well as many obstacles to overcome. This technology has great potential or can be the worst thing to ever happen to repeaters.


For those that are unfamiliar with the technology, I would urge you to take a few minutes in the near future to learn about it. D-Star employs the use of digital voice communications as well as digital communications simultaneously and uses less bandwidth than conventional voice repeaters. This has the potential to revitalize our VHF and UHF spectrum and make better use of our allotted spectrum.


While D-Star is owned by Icom, the standard that they are using is not owned by Icom so I suspect that other manufacturers will be joining in soon. The rumor mill around Dayton indicated that Kenwood was already preparing such a radio.


Dan Thompson, N8WKM





Date:  3/5/06

Meeting Place:  Elk’s Club, Battle Creek



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


Frequency Coordinator – 902 & up, 220 MHz:  Dan Thompson, N8WKM

Frequency Coordinator - 440 down:  Dennis, W8DFG Gaboury, W8DFG

Frequency Coordinator - outstate, links, controls, 6 meters:  Phil Manor, W8IC

Database Manager:  Dave Johnson, WD8DJB

Newsletter Editor:  Dan Thompson, N8WKM


Absent:  Jim Kvochick, WB8AZP


Meeting called to order by the President at:  1:03 PM.


Minutes from previous meeting read by Ann, KT8F.  Ann stated that the officers in place at the start of the December meeting should have been included.   Motion to accept the amended minutes made by Jim, KV8IFE and 2nd by Dan, N8WKM, motion carried.


The officers in place at the start of the December meeting were listed as: 

President:  Dennis Gaboury, W8DFG


Vice President:  Bruce Winchell, N8UT

Secretary:  Ann Manor, KT8F

Treasurer:  Kelly F. Karpp, KB8RWG

Director:  Ron Gordon, W8YUC

Director:  Walt Van Gorp WD8RCH


Short Discussion on the minutes followed.  Dan stated that the minutes may occasionally be edited to fit the mailed MARC Newsletter. A full copy of the minutes will be available on the web site.


Treasurer’s report provided by Dave Johnson, WD8DJB.  Motion to accept the report made by Dan, N8WKM, and 2nd by Ann, KT8F, motion carried.


Dennis, W8DFG stated that the treasurer is allowed to dispose of records older than 7 years. 


Old business: 


Phil stated that he is working on putting the “gentleman’s agreement” for a 100 mile co-channel spacing across state boundaries into the bylaws via the DOG will wait until responses to his inquiries have come in.  Will make proposal at next meeting.


New business: 


Dennis, W8DFG informed the BOD regarding the paperwork he picked up from the past treasurer.  Unopened bank statements and un-cashed checks were included.  Dennis has performed a simple reconciliation of the records and the paperwork, which seemed to be in order.  He will not do an actual audit for the years that were covered by the previous treasurer.   Dave will return any un-cashed checks that are older than 6 months.  Dennis requested that the VP and 2 directors perform an audit every 6 months.  To be done on meeting days, prior to or after the meeting.  Dave, WD8DJB, will maintain the records.  Dennis will change the resident agent with the state.  Official MARC records such as the Articles of Incorporation were also among the materials received.  Dennis will make copies for himself and Dave, WD8DJB. The secretary, Ann, KT8F will hold the original records. 


Dennis, W8DFG stated that the MARC quarterly meetings will be held on Saturday instead of Sunday, in general.  Discussion followed, everyone agreed.  This change will begin with the meeting in Traverse City on Saturday, June the 3rd.  


Dennis, W8DFG requested that Jim, KB8IFE and Jim, WB8AZP review the repeater directory on

the MARC website.  Repeaters highlighted in

red for the last 3 years or more will be contacted to notify them regarding their delinquent status. 


Discussion followed.  Phil, W8IC read from the MARC Procedures the following: “The loss of coordination will be proceeded by a certified letter of intent to revoke the repeater’s coordination and a 6 month response period.”  The BOD recommended sending an Email first, requesting a response within 7 days, if none, a registered letter will follow stating if no response, the repeater will be decoordinated on a specified date in 6 months.


Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Ron, W8YUC, supported by Phil, W8IC, motion carried.  Time:  2:04 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Ann Manor, KT8F


June Meeting Location:    


June 3, 2006  1:00 pm

Traverse City Elks

625 Bay Street,

Traverse City, MI 49684-2251




From the South: follow M-37 / US-31 North to Bay Street, Turn Right. Bay Street runs

parallel to M-72 which runs along the shoreline of the Grand Traverse Bay.


From the East or West: Follow M-72 / M-22 to N. Division (M-37 South) then turn

towards the South. Immediately turn back left (East) on to Bay Street. Again, Bay Street

parallels M-72 /  M-22 which follows the lakeshore of Grand Traverse Bay.



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


The September MARC meeting

The meeting is scheduled for Saturday Sept, 9 at the Delta Township Fire Station. This is the same

location where the September meeting has taken place for several years. Please take special note that the

meeting is scheduled for SATURDAY.  MARC Annual elections will take place at this meeting. More

details will be available in the next newsletter.