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 columnized version of this newsletter.
The upcoming June meeting will be the third meeting to take place via "electronic methods". The annual business meeting in September however, is scheduled to take place as a physical meeting at the Delta Township Fire Station in Grand Ledge, on the outskirts of Lansing.
At the September meeting annual elections will take place as well as discussion about meetings for the next year. If you are considering running for one of the positions to be vacated this year, now would be a good time to start preparing. Nominations will begin starting with the June meeting and will be accepted up until the elections begin.
Remember, prior to running for office, nominating a candidate or voting,
your annual dues must be up to date. Dues may be mailed to the MARC Treasurer at:
Our electronic meetings are working well for us. If you want to participate in the phone bridge, please call in via of a landline. If you must use a cell phone, please make sure you battery is charged up. Please check elsewhere in this newsletter for details for the phone bridge number and website address for the white board.
MARC's Annual Meeting will physically be held on September 12th at the Delta Twp Fire Department. The election of Vice-President, Treasurer, and (1) Director will be held. If anyone is interested in running, please contact a Board member.
Remember, TDS's are due yearly, but can go up to two years. Please help keep your information current in our Database. Trustee's, if your in the red on our website, please submit a current TDS. Mailing in a paper TDS's will no longer be accepted. It must be sent in electronically. Please go to the MARC Activity page to see what's going on concerning updates and coordination's
Our next meeting will be held electronically on June 6th, promptly starting at 1:00PM.
If anyone has any questions, you can reach the Board via of the website, or my
phone number is 586-465-7126.
Database Managers Corner:
We have a number of TDS forms that are overdue. In fact, over 26%
of the repeaters in our database are two or more year's delinquent.
So take a minute and check your entry in the MARC Repeater Directory
to see if it is time to update your records. If you don't find your
repeater listed that means that your repeater was removed because
we have not received an update in 3 or more years. The only
exception is if you specifically requested that your data not be
published to the ARRL. If you don't fall in that category, MARC's
next step will be a notification of pending de-coordination.
Electronic Meeting Information:
Dial In Number: 805-240-9853
AT&T Web Meeting Service is an interactive presentation and collaborative
tool which combines audio conferencing and data-sharing through the power of
the internet. Now when you need to present documents, diagrams, and
illustrations to your employees, vendors, and customers, you can do so
easily and effectively. AT&T Web Meeting Service is designed to facilitate
the presentation of documents from remote locations in combination with AT&T
Audio Teleconference Services. 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.
MARC Meeting Minutes
Date: March 7, 2009
Meeting called to order by the President at: 1:05 PM. A phone bridge and a web meeting were utilized to conduct the meeting.
Minutes from the December meeting were read by the secretary. Motion to accept the minutes
as printed in the newsletter made by Dan and 2nd by Jim, WB8AZP. Roll call vote, motion
Jim, WB8AZP made a motion that resolution #9 should be voted on for inclusion into the
bylaws, as approved at the December meeting. Motion supported by Dave, roll call vote,
motion passed. The resolution is as follows:
Dennis stated that the 2 meter backlog has been cleared up and is now current.
No new business was submmitted at this meeting.
Comments:Jay, WB8TKL had a question regarding resolution #10. He wanted to know if Canada is affected by this resolution, and do we check with Canada before issuing coordinations. Phil responded by stating that all coordinations (within a reasonable distance of Canada) are submitted to Canada for approval. (Editorial comment providing additional info) - the basic ATV channel 426.00 to 432.00 (427.25 video carrier frequency) cannot be used in SE Michigan. The frequencies were unused between 430.525 to 430.975. This resolution allows links and controls to be placed there. Additionally, the west side of the state can use these frequencies for ATV. Links and controls will not be coordinated west of 84 degrees longitude, in the 430.525 to 430.975 range.
Phil questioned the board - does the date of the initial proposal of a DOG resolution start the
3 year trial period of the resolution, or do amendments start a new 3 year trial period?
Discussion. General consensus was that amendments to a resolution create the start of a
new 3-year trial period.
Motion to adjourn made by Phil, seconded by Ron at 1:38 PM. Roll call vote, motion carried.
Ann Manor, KT8F
ARRL Repeater Directory
Marc Funds as of 4/30/2009
June Meeting Information:
Saturday June 6 2009
Dial the callin number listed above.
|MARC Officers||Appointed Positions|
|President: Dennis Gaboury W8DFG||Frequency Coordinator 902MHz: & up Dan Thompson N8WKM|
|Vice President: Jim Maike KB8IFE||Frequency Coordinator 440MHz: Jim Maike KB8IFE|
|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|