June 2016 Newsletter

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 June electronic meeting.

Presidentís Column:

Great news! Four amateurs have volunteered to help the repeater council. I am happy to see these hams come forward to help out. I am in contact with them and hope to have them brought on board at the next meeting on June 4, 2016. After that, they can be shown the finer details of coordinating and de-coordinating along with the investigation and procedures that are often necessary to be fair to all parties.

It has been a very busy few months as coordination has not seemed to slow down at all. Again, if you have an application with MARC, be sure to follow through if you do not hear anything for a month. That is way longer that it normally takes for one of us to get back with you in order to answer your question or verify a TDS submission.

Please check the status of your coordination in the MARC repeater directory. If you are in the red, you are over due for a TDS update submission. These are very important to MARC. Without an update, we just don't know if you are still alive and well and on the air. It's the job of the Trustee of the repeater to keep up on the updates. Also, check out the monthly activity reports. Both of these web sites are available from the MARC home page as well.

73, Phil W8IC


Electronic Meeting Information:

The June 4, meeting is an Electronic Meeting at 1:00pm!


Dial In Number:    312-777-1449
Event ID:        2202098#
   1. Dial into bridge using Dial In Number
   2. Enter Event ID
   3. If the meeting organizer is already present,
        you'll be connected. If not, you'll be
        placed on hold until the organizer appears.

WEBMEETING & Phone Bridge:

Your browser must be Microsoft™ Internet Explorer Version 4.x, 5.x or Netscape™ Communicator Version 4.x.

   1. Activate your Web Browser
   2. Go To
   3. Enter Meeting Number 3127771449
   3. Enter Participant Code 2202098
   3. Enter your email address and Name
   4. Click on the "Submit" button
   5. Follow the on screen instructions

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.

The abilities for MARC to use the Phone Bridge and Webmeeting facilities has been brought to us by Jim K8JK and his employer.

We hope that moving to this format will increase participation by the membership of MARC so that we are better able to serve the amateur community.


Database Manager's Corner:

Roughly about 26 percent of our repeaters are overdue for a TDS submission. Trustees, please take a minute to review your entries in the MARC Repeater Directory and submit a TDS form if you find your entries listed in RED.

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

Dave Johnson, WD8DJB

MARC Meeting Minutes

Date: March 5, 2016
This meeting took place electronically.


President: Phil Manor, W8IC
*Vice President: Dan Thompson, N8WKM
Secretary: Ann Manor, KT8F
Treasurer: Dave Johnson, WD8DJB
*Director: Fred Moses, W8FSM*
Director: Jim Kvochick, K8JK
*Coordinator: Dan Thompson, N8WKM
Coordinator: Phil Manor, W8IC
*Coordinator: Jim Poehlman, K8ABZ
Database Manager: Dave Johnson, WD8DJB
*Newsletter Editor: Dan Thompson, N8WKM

*Indicates Absent:
Visitors: None

Note: call signs of board members are not repeated in the minutes as they are listed above.

Meeting called to order by Phil at: 1:01 PM.

Motion to approve minutes from the December meeting was made by Jim, seconded by Dave, vote taken, minutes approved.

Treasurerís report provided by Dave. Dave will post the treasurer's report in the newsletter and board members can vote on the report after reviewing it.

Old Business:

Phil stated resolution proposal 14 needs to voted on for inclusion into the bylaws. A motion was made and passed at the last meeting to move resolution #14 into in the bylaws. The notice was printed in the December newsletter in the minutes.
Vote taken, motion passed.
Resolution #14 is now included in the bylaws.

New Business:

Phil brought up resolution #15 which can be voted on now. The resolution has been working well. Jim made a motion to move resolution #15 into the bylaws.
Vote taken, motion passed.
This will be printed in the next newsletter (see below) and voted on at the next meeting

Resolution #15 - December 7, 2013

Motion by Fred, W8FSM, second by Dan, N8WKM:
Add the pair 441.075 repeater input / 446.075 repeater output and 441.150 repeater input / 446.150 repeater output to the available repeater pairs for coordination by MARC. These pairs would not be coordinated in Grand Rapids because of an existing ATV coordination.
Motion passed.

Phil brought up a possible resolution #16, under the DOG. Discussion on proposed 40 mile clearance for adjacent channel digital splinter repeaters on 70 cm. Phil requested that a motion be made.
Dave made the motion:
MARC will coordinate digital voice repeaters with less than 9 kHz bandwidth on splinter channels on the 70 cm band, provided there is a minimum 40 mile adjacent channel mileage separation from main channel coordinated repeaters. This modifies the current 50 mile clearance on 70 cm.
Jim seconded it, vote taken, motion passed.


Motion to adjourn made by Ann, seconded by Dave, motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 1:27 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Manor, KT8F, Recording Secretary


Treasurer's Report
For the Period: 02/29/2016 to 05/31/2016

MARC Funds balance on 02/29/2016 was $ 5,076.82

Income for March, April and May was $ 550.57 from ARRL Repeater Directory, dues and interest.
Expenses for March, April and May were $ 23.73 for PayPal fees, postage and replacement of laptop mouse.

MARC Funds balance on 05/31/2016 was $ 5,603.66

Respectfully Submitted,
Dave Johnson, WD8DJB
MARC Treasurer

Supporting Detail

MARC Funds as of 02/29/2016

   Share Acct Bal
   Money Market Bal
   Checking Bal
Beginning Balance

   Interest March, April, May.
   ARRL Repeater Directory

Total Income

   PayPal Fees
   Replace Laptop Mouse

Total Expenses

Marc Funds as of 05/31/2016

   Share Acct Bal
   Money Market Bal
   Checking Bal

Ending Balance







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

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