March 2014 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 March electronic meeting.

President’s Update:

The MARC Board approved resolution #15 at the December board meeting that adds two new repeater pairs in the 70 cm band. The new pairs are 441.075 in and 446.075 out as well as 441.150 in and 446.150 out. Adding these two pairs will help with new applications for coordination. These new pairs have the repeater output on frequencies that were reserved for simplex channels with the inputs being old link and control frequencies.

MARC has granted provisional coordinations for digital repeaters since 2007 and so far, with little or no interference issues. This is great news. The main issue now is the very limited amount of repeater pairs. Many areas of the state have no available pairs. This is a very big problem on 2-meters.

If your radio club would like to coordinate a digital repeater, you could consider converting your analog repeater to digital or try a 440 coordination.

Your ideas and suggestions are welcome. The next board meeting will be held electronically and open to all on March 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM. Instructions to join the meeting are included in this newsletter.

73, Phil W8IC


Electronic Meeting Information:

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


Dial In Number:    888-232-3870
Event ID:        603585#
   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:

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   1. Activate your Web Browser
   2. Go To
   3. Enter your name and email address
   4. Click on the "join event" button
   5. Once connected click on the telephone
       icon for dialing 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 WB8AZP 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.


MARC Meeting Minutes

Date: December 7, 2013
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

Visitors: Corwin, WB8UPM; Doug, N8PYN

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

Meeting called to order by Phil at: 1:03 PM.

Minutes correction: Ann stated there was an error in the September minutes. The statement “Nominations reopened for the offices of VP, Secretary and one Director” needs to be amended to state: “Nominations reopened for the offices of VP, Treasurer, and one Director.” Motion to accept minutes as corrected made by Ann, seconded by Fred. Vote taken, amended minutes approved. Treasurer’s report provided by Dave. Motion to accept the report made by Fred, supported by Ann, vote taken, motion carried. Dan and Jim did the semi-annual audit of the MARC financial statements and all was in order.

Old Business:

Fred proposed Resolution #15 under the DOG as follows:
Resolution #15 – 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. Supported by Dan. Discussion.
Vote taken, motion passed.
Note: these can be used for analog or digital repeaters at all power levels.

New Business:

no new business.



Motion to adjourn made by Dan, seconded by Ann at 1:20 PM, motion carried.
Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Manor, KT8F, Recording Secretary

Treasurer's Report
For the Period: 10/31/2013 to 11/30/2013

MARC Funds balance on 10/31/2013 was $ 4427.71
Income for November was $ 0.72 from interest.
There were no reported expenses for November.

MARC Funds balance on 11/30/2013 was $ 4,428.43

Respectfully Submitted,
Dave Johnson, WD8DJB
MARC Treasurer

Supporting Detail

MARC Funds as of 10/31/2013

   Share Acct Bal
   Money Market Bal
   Checking Bal
Beginning Balance

   Interest November

Total Income

   None Reported

Total Expenses

Marc Funds as of 11/30/2013

   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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