WEB SITE: http://www.qsl.net/miarc        e-mail: miarc@yahoogroups.com

September 2004




A short note from the Prez……



Elections for President, Secretary, and one Director are coming up at the September 12th meeting at the Delta Township Fire hall. The ballot is else where in this newsletter. At press time we still had not received a nomination for Director. Nominations will be opened up at the meeting. If you want to run, or nominate someone, this can be done at this time.


If you were not aware of the By-Laws change, we can now send the newsletter electronically. This will save us time and money for the upcoming mailings. The By-laws committee has started working on the Standard & Procedures. If you would like to get in on the up coming changes, please go to marc-bylaws@yahoogroups.com and join the group. We hope to have the first phase for presentation at the next meeting. It has taken a long time to get the changes that we desperately needed, started. We are on a roll hopefully we can keep up the momentum.


Moving forward, we are looking to hold the December meeting in the Lapeer area on the 5th.


PLEASE NOTE: TDS’s are due yearly, but can go up to two years. Please help keep your information current in our Data Base.


If anyone has any questions, you can reach the Board via of the website, or my phone number is

586-465-7126. For those of making the meeting on the September 12th, I’ll see you there.




Dennis, W8DFG




By-Laws Committee Report


This committee has begun work on the MARC Standards and Procedures. A very lively and informative discussion of "interference" has been underway for some time. We have also had considerable discussion of exactly what the limits are to MARC authority. Suggestions have been made for changes to the first section of the Standards. We hope to have this section ready to present for motion and first reading at the September Annual Meeting.


I have been very encouraged and pleased with the progress of this group. We welcome any who might wish to participate in this democratic process. Contact me at n8ut@chartermi.net, leave your email address,  and I will send you a formal invitation.


73 N8UT - Bruce



Note From the Editor

The September meeting brings us the annual

elections for Board members offices who’s

term is expiring. As members of MARC it is important for as many members as possible to be at the meeting to vote. For those who wish to contribute an absentee ballot is included with this newsletter. On the ballot are instructions for returning the ballot to MARC to have it included in the election that will take place. Obviously, these ballots must be returned to MARC prior to the election. Please remember to include your callsign as we must verify membership for each ballot.


The MARC board has also been looking for a web-hosting provider that will allow us to have an online database that will allow for quicker distribution of information among both the board and all of the membership. If you have ideas for the board to check out, please let the board know so that we can research this issue.



In This Newsletter


A couple of things normally found in the newsletter are not available this month due to heavy workloads and summer vacations. The database managers report can be found on the MARC website

at http://www.qsl.net/miarc/info_faq/DBA_Report.html. The treasurers report was not available,

nor was there room to include it this month, but it will be available at the September meeting.



2004 Ballot


Please return to:

PO Box 463148

Mt. Clemens, MI  48046


Please mark “Election” as well as your callsign, so we may verify eligibility on the front of the envelope.




____                Dennis Gaboury


____                write in __________________





____                write in __________________




____                Jeff Skurda


____                write in __________________



Incumbent names are in bold


Please include name and callsign when using

write in votes.


        Name: __________________________        Callsign: __________________________


         Signature: _______________________         Date: _____________________________



MARC Board of Directors



Dennis Gaboury


P.O. Box 463148

Mt. Clemens, MI 48046

Vice President

R. Bruce Winchell


5354 Baker Rd
Bridgeport, MI 48722


Jeff Skurda


5130 W Tothill Cir
Sterling Heights, MI 48310


Kelly F. Karpp


PO Box 127

Oscoda, MI  48750


Dave Johnson


2266 E. Vermontville Hwy

Charlotte, MI 48813


Ron Gordon


7172 Sharp Rd.

Swartz Creek, MI 48473

Frequency Coordinator

902 Up

Dan Thompson


1844 126TH Ave

Hopkins, MI 49328

Frequency Coordinator

440 Down

Kelly F. Karpp


PO Box 127

Oscoda, MI  48750

Database Manager

Dave Johnson


2266 E. Vermontville Hwy

Charlotte, MI 48813

Newsletter Editor

Dan Thompson


1844 126TH Ave

Hopkins, MI 49328


Minutes December Meeting

Hudsonville, MI

Minutes from MARC Meeting June 5, 2004

Meeting called to order by President Dennis Gaboury at 1:00 PM.


A Quorum was present. Secretary Jeff Skurda N8XN was absent. The Minutes from the March meeting where read by Dennis. Ron Gordon W8YUC made a motion, and seconded by Kelly Karpp KB8RWG, that the Minutes from the March meeting be approved as read and printed in the Newsletter, motion passed.


Kelly Karpp gave treasurer’s report, motion made by Bruce Winchell N8UT, seconded by Dave Johnson WD8DJB, motion passed.


No Correspondence.


Old Business:

Dave Johnson gave a report on moving the website. More research is needed.


President Gaboury read the proposed By-law changes as published thirty days prior to the June meeting as required by the existing By-laws. It was mentioned that no correspondence, concerning the proposed changes, came to the post office box in the past thirty days. Discussion followed. Richard Corey W8IMA asked for clarification concerning remote base coordination’s. Following discussion, Bruce made a motion to amend Article X, Paragraph 2, to add: such notice, mailed by USPS “or electronically” to the addresses currently on record with MARC. Motion was seconded and passed.

Dennis called for the vote, By-law changes were accepted.



New Business:


Bruce N8UT made a motion for under the D.O.G.; Move to allow the coordinator reasonable variations in distance separations with the use of Documented Waivers from all parties and a corresponding condition statement in the Coordination Documents in case interference is experienced. Seconded by Richard W8IMA. Discussion followed, motion passed.


Bruce N8UT then made another motion for under the D.O.G.; Move to allow the Coordinator, for the 440 Band ,to Coordinate Repeaters at a distance separation of 100 miles. Seconded by Dan Thompson. Discussion followed, motion passed.


General Discussion:


Trustees are asked that if they know that a move is in the future, please contact MARC and give the new address with a cross street so that our Database Manager can run it through our program to see if the move will fit into the area of the proposed change.


Exchange of ideas of Echolink relationship to coordination followed.

The September meeting to be held in Lansing on the September 12th.

With no further business to conduct, a motion was made by Ron Gordon, seconded by Kelly Karpp to adjourn the meeting, motion passed.


Minutes taken by R. Bruce Winchell, Vice-President/Coordinator

Typed by Dennis Gaboury, President



The Next meeting is September 12, 2003 meeting at 1pm.


Meeting Location:    

   Location: Delta Township Fire Station

                     811 N. Canal Rd.

                    Lansing, MI


   Directions:   Take I-96 to M-43 exit 93, go East to the first traffic light at Canal Rd.

                         Turn left (North) on Canal Rd, go 150' to Administration Dr turn left (West), the new fire station will

                         be on your right. Take the first driveway on the right to the West parking lot.  Enter the building at the

                         South entrance on Administration Dr.