September 2013 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.

The September meeting is a physical meeting to take place in the Lansing, MI area.

President's Update:

Summer is flying by and not very much new coordination activity so far. I have nine applications that are in limbo. Many are waiting for a pair to open up. The following are what I show as still active. If you think your application should still be active and you are not on this list, contact me at KD8DLF, W8GZF, KD8REH, KC8QVX, KD8TKZ, KD8NAS, KC8GRQ, KC8CNN and KC8LWR.

If you are on this list and are no longer wanting a coordination, please let me know. The annual MARC meeting is in the Lansing area this September 7, 2013. Everyone is welcomed to attend. Directions are included in this newsletter.

Please visit the MARC web site and check the activity reports to see what new and renewal applications have been processed.

73, Phil W8IC


Annual Business Meeting Information:

Meeting Location:

Saturday Sept 7 2013
1:00 pm EDT
Delta Township Fire Station
811 N. Canal Rd.
Lansing, MI

Location Map


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.

Recent reports indicate that the construction in the area is now finished. This should make access a little bit easier for everyone.

Annual Business Meeting

This month brings the annual business meeting where we hold a physical meeting in the Lansing area. This includes the elections for board positions that will expire. This year, the Vice President, Treasurer and one Director position will be up for election.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please contact any one of the board members in person or by sending email to them using their [callsign] Please note that candidates must also be current MARC members.

The absentee ballot is available for you to print and mail in. We can not accept votes via email at this time. Your ballot must appear in the MARC postal mailbox no later then Friday September 6th to be included. Please also note that in order to vote, you must be a paid member.

Membership dues may be mailed to the postal address listed on the main page of the website, or by clicking on the link to "Pay Your Dues" on the same web page.


Treasurer's Report
For the Period: 05/31/2013 to 07/31/2013

MARC Funds balance on 05/31/2013 was $ 5,099.08
Income for June and July was $ 236.48 from dues, interest and the sale of the old laptop.
Expenses for June and July included PayPal fees, State of MI Non Profit filing fee, purchase of a replacement laptop, a second backup drive and blank DVD's.
MARC Funds balance on 07/31/2013 was $ 4,515.52

Respectfully Submitted,
Dave Johnson, WD8DJB
MARC Treasurer

Supporting Detail

MARC Funds as of 05/31/2013

   Share Acct Bal
   Money Market Bal
   Checking Bal
Beginning Balance

   Sale of Old Laptop
   Interest June & July

Total Income

   PayPal Fees
   Purchase Replacement Laptop
   Backup Drive and DVD's
   State of MI Non Profit Filing Fee

Total Expenses

Marc Funds as of 07/31/2013

   Share Acct Bal
   Money Market Bal
   Checking Bal

Ending Balance







MARC Meeting Minutes

Date: June 1, 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: Dan Thompson, N8WKM
Coordinator: Phil Manor, W8IC
Coordinator: Jim Poehlman, K8ABZ
Database Manager: Dave Johnson, WD8DJB

* Absent: Jim, K8ABZ
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: 1:00 PM.

Motion to approve minutes from the March 2, 2013, meeting were made by Jim, K8JK, seconded by Fred, voice vote taken, minutes approved.
Treasurer's report provided by Dave. Motion to accept the report made by Jim, K8JK, supported by Fred, voice vote taken, motion carried.

Old Business:

Fred reported on his experiments on the Simulcast. Dual site simulcast is running, needs to upgrade service to the tower to run higher power.

New Business:

Fred reported on the request by the State of MI EOC for an export of the MARC data base. Generally, info in the MARC database is confidential. Discussion by the board. Conclusion: if the state or anyone needs specific info from the MARC database, it would be considered on an individual basis.

Phil asked if anyone has been following the NFCC issue. Discussion by the board. At this time the board members are watching the activity to see what happens.

Discussion regarding Ohio correspondence to MARC regarding 12.5 kHz channels splits for analog repeaters. Not used by MARC at this time.

Dan stated that elections will take place in September. The office of Vice President, Treasurer and one Board Member are due for election. Dave will contact our usual meeting place at Delta Twp for arranging the Saturday, Sept 7 meeting in the Lansing area.

Phil appointed an election committee of Ann and Fred. The incumbents Dan, Dave and Jim were polled to see if they wish to run again, all stated yes. Any other nominations will be accepted until the elections commence at the September meeting.
No other candidates were nominated. If you wish to run contact Ann or Fred.

Audit of books: Dave announced that the 6 month audit is due. He will send the records via email to the board for individual review and approval by the directors


Motion to adjourn made by Dan, seconded by Fred at 1:35 PM, motion carried.
Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 1:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Manor, KT8F, Recording Secretary

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. If you have nominations for open positions please email Fred Moses W8FSM or Ann Manor KT8F using Nominations will remain open until just prior to voting.

Offices that will be open for election this year are:
  Vice President: Currently Dan N8WKM
  Director: Currently Jim K8JK
  Treasurer: Currently Dave WD8DJB

A printable version of the 2013 Ballot is available to print and mail.

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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