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This newsletter brings with it some sad news for the amateur radio community. By the time this is published many of you will already know that Dennis W8DFG has unexpectedly signed SK on April 13, 2011.
Dennis was a very active member in many groups including MARC, U.S.E.C.A, the Moose, Elks, Eagles and AMVets in Mount Clemens coordinating many activities such as the March of Dimes Walk. Dennis also served in the National Guard and was the co-owner of Northpointe Fabrication. To say the least, he will be missed by many people, and the Red Wings have lost one of their greatest fans. Life and time will go on, but there will be a big gap where Dennis left off doing what he liked to do best, serving and helping others.
Vice President Phil Manor will be taking the responsibility of MARC President for the remainder of Dennis's term in accordance with the bylaws. Phil's column for this quarters newsletter can be found below.
Often times when I create this newsletter I reuse bits and pieces from previous newsletters to help maintain a uniform look and to save some time and effort. As I come to the close of this section I think I will save one section of source code that Dennis always used at the end of his newsletter posts that he emailed to me.
And a final 73 to Dennis Gaboury W8DFG /SK
From Acting President Phil Manor:
I am sorry to report that MARC’s President, Dennis Gaboury, W8DFG, became a silent key on April 13, 2011. This was horrible news to me as Dennis was a close personal friend to me as well as my wife, Ann.
Dennis became President of MARC on Dec 1, 2000. Dennis always kept the meetings professional and fair. His leadership helped improve MARC and set an example as President for those that follow. Here is a link to Dennis’s obituary.
Along with his presidential duties, Dennis also did some repeater coordinations. I have attempted to contact all of his waiting applicants. If I missed you, please contact me and I will work on your TDS application. Dennis was doing mostly 2-meter coordinations. Unfortunately, most of the repeater pairs in the majority of the state have already been assigned on 2 meters.
I would like to thank Dan, N8WKM, for accepting the appointment to the office of the Vice President of MARC. This appointment is in accordance with the MARC Bylaws. Dan will serve until the next Vice Presidential election, to be held in September 2011.
I have noticed that there have been times that an application or corresponde nce to MARC has not been answered within a reasonable time period. Usually, the reasons for this were that the email was simply missed or on rare occasion did not make it through the servers. If you send a message to MARC or make a TDS application for a new repeater, and there is no response within 30 days, please contact me. I will then connect you with the correct board member. Dave, WD8DJB normally does TDS renewals very quickly, but the posting to the web page could take over a month since Dave updates the web page with groups of renewals. Please give Dave at least 45 days to post your renewal.
Fred, W8FSM, is our newest Coordinator. He is doing some of the 440 coordinations at this time. Thanks, Fred, for volunteering.
MARC’S next electronic meeting will be conducted on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM. Info on how to join in the meeting will be found elsewhere in this newsletter.
Database Manager's Corner
We have a number of TDS submissions that are overdue. In fact, over 23%
of the repeaters in our database have not been updated in two or more
year’s. So take a minute and check your entry in the MARC Repeater
Directory to see if it is time to update your records.
Electronic Meeting Information:
The June meeting is an Electronic Meeting!
PHONE BRIDGE ONLY:
Dial In Number: 888-232-3870
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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 5, 2011
Meeting called to order by Dennis at: 1:20 PM.
Motion to approve minutes from the March meeting was made by Dan, seconded by Phil,
e-vote per roll call taken, motion approved.
Proposed bylaw change as printed in the December minutes; “The sponsor may choose another licensed amateur or amateur radio entity (such as an incorporated club) to maintain the coordination. In the case of the death or incapacitation of a coordination holder (sponsor) who has not specified a line of succession, the coordination will be returned to the pool and recoordinated on a first come-first served basis.”
Discussion. Corwin had 2 issues. He stated that his concern is that this change to the bylaws could lead to some type of property rights. The board is in agreement that there are no property rights involved. He also stated that some board members might use the amendment to reject his attempt at coordination on 146.740. The Board agreed that the proposal to add this amendment is not based on any of Corwin’s applications. The reason for the amendment is the increasing number of sponsors becoming silent keys, this includes some very large systems. It was mentioned that this amendment is much the same as a cosponsorship.
Dan – proposed that a time limit could be added to the amendment for someone to take action after the death of the sponsor. Discussion followed. It was decided to leave the bylaw change as is.
Vote per electronic roll call – vote 5 for, 1 against, motion passed.
Corwin stated that he has had no contact with the owner of the Semara club, 146.74 repeater, and requested that
the owner’s email address be sent to him. He was provided with the owner’s email and his phone number during
New Business:Jim stated that he knows of silent keys and that their repeaters are off the air. It was agreed that in cases like this the repeater could be decoordinated immediately and without further notices being sent out. Also, repeaters with long overdue TDS’s can be sent a letter informing the sponsor that the coordination will be withdrawn in 30 days unless a TDS update is submitted.
Dennis brought up that MARC’s laptop is old – Dave mentioned that it was purchased in the fall of 2004. Discussion. Dennis requested that Dave look around to see what is available currently that would meet MARC’s needs – about $700-800, plus software. The operating system should be Windows 7. Jim made a motion that the amount for the hardware does not exceed $800.00. Discussion. Software expenses could be approved at a later date, as they become needed. Dan may have some software for the new computer if it becomes necessary. Dan seconded the motion. E-vote – motion passed.
Corwin stated he filed 4 TDS in the last 4 years and he did not get responses on 2 of them. The first, a (SNPR) and the last, 146.74 were not responded to by MARC. Dennis stated he would pull up all 4 TDS’s and review them and report back to the board and Corwin.
Phil asked if anyone has had heard from Fred, as he has not seen any responses to MARC 440 repeater applications. Phil will send an email to Fred this week.
Motion to adjourn made by Jim, seconded by Dan at 2:08 pm, motion carried.
Annual Business Meeting And Elections:
This is a reminder that the September meeting will be a physical meeting to take place in Delta Township (Lansing Area) where annual elections will be held. More information will be in the Spetember newsletter. If you have nominations for open positions please see that we have those prior to August so that they may be published in the newsletter and absentee ballots.
Offices that will be open for election this year are:
The rotation of what board members are elected remains the same with the Vice President, One Director and the Treasurer to be elected in odd numbered years, with the President, Secretary and the other director to be elected in even numbered years.
Unless Phil chooses to resign, he will remain MARC president until the office is open for election in 2012.
Interest March & April
Dues Total Deposits
Dues Prev Pending Deposit
ARRL Repeater Directory
Flowers W8DFG SK
NPO Filings 3 yrs
Replacement Laptop Computer
Marc Funds as of 04/30/2011
June Meeting Information:
June 4 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: Fred Moses W8FSM|
|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|