March 2015 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.


Presidentís Column:

Iím glad to report that MARC is still on top of all applications for coordination. I am working on four requested coordinations at the present time. Here are some tips for trustees of Michigan repeater systems.

Submit a TDS update/renewal on line once a year for each coordination that you are responsible for as the trustee. Every other year is acceptable

Do not move the repeater more than 5 miles from the original coordination location. Do not double the power, or raise the antenna 50 percent or more from the original coordination. You must first submit a TDS update to have the repeater re-coordinated. Implementing any of these three changes prior to the completion of the re-coordination process may be used as grounds for revocation of the repeaterís coordination. Some surrounding states use coverage area instead of simple mileage requirements, so a low profile repeater may be rejected if increases in coverage are proposed.

Trustees, you are the main connection between MARC and your repeaterís coordination. The responsibility is yours to take care of the coordination. You also have a duty to inform MARC if you are no longer the trustee, or if the repeater is shut down with no intention of resuming operations. Here is part of a section of the marc procedures:

The sponsor shall report any change in the operating parameters of a coordinated repeater systemósuch as location, antenna height, transmitted power, sponsor, trustee, or mailing addressóto MARC as soon as possible. Notification of temporary changes is not required if the change is for a period of less than ten (10) days.

Complete info is available on the MARC web site at:

73, Phil W8IC


Electronic Meeting Information:

The March 8, 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.


MARC Meeting Minutes

Date: December 5, 2014
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: 1:25 PM.

Old Business:

Motion to approve minutes from the September meeting made by Fred, seconded by Dan, vote taken, minutes approved.

Treasurerís report provided by Dave. Motion to accept the report made by Dan, supported by Fred, vote taken, motion carried.

Old Business

W8DC repeater trustee was informed by Phil of the suggestion by the board to stay at 20 watts of power on their application. If more power would be required to reach the necessary coverage, a request for an increase could be made at that time. Phil has been working on a waiver form. In lieu of a standard form, a set of basic requirements will be assembled, since each waiver has different requirements based on the particular situation.

New Business:

Fred inquired about adding the color code for Mototrbo repeaters to the database and directory. Discussion followed. Dan and Dave will explore where the data could be placed into the record.


Motion to adjourn made by Jim, seconded by Fred, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 2:03 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Manor, KT8F, Recording Secretary

Treasurer's Report
For the Period: 10/31/14 to 01/31/15

MARC Funds balance on 01/31/2015 was $ 4,424.03
Income for November, Decmber and January was $ 32.20 from dues and interest.
Expenses for November, December and January were $ 0.90 for PayPal fees.

MARC Funds balance on 10/31/2014 was $ 4,455.33

Respectfully Submitted,
Dave Johnson, WD8DJB
MARC Treasurer

Supporting Detail

MARC Funds as of 10/31/2014

   Share Acct Bal
   Money Market Bal
   Checking Bal
Beginning Balance

   Interest Nov, Dec and Jan

Total Income

   PayPal Fees

Total Expenses

Marc Funds as of 11/31/2015

   Share Acct Bal
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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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