Florida Repeater Council, Inc. Minutes of Annual Business Meeting February 10, 2001 Orlando, Florida The open forum was started at 1:00 PM on February 10, 2001 by President Ray Kassis, N4LEM. The following staff were in attendance: Directors in attendance were: District 1: Nilo A. Hernandez, W4HN District 2: Mark Filla, KS4VT District 3: Karen A. Power, KD4DJX District 4: Paul Knupke Jr., KR4YL District 5: District 6: Matthew Bush, KA9RIX District 7: Ted Wirick, W7YJC District 8: Frank Butler, W4RH Staff Members in attendance were: President: Ray Kassis, N4LEM Vice President: Ira R. Bickham Jr., K8HRR Secretary/Treasurer: Dana G. Rodakis, K4LK Database Manager: Dana G. Rodakis, K4LK President Kassis welcomed all present and explained that the first part of the meeting would be an open format, where anyone could express any thoughts. This portion of meeting would lead into the formal portion of the meeting where no participation by the members would be allowed. Clyde Rogers, WD4LWG, complained that he sent a repeater update with dues check by certified mail and it was returned. Database Manager Rodakis indicated that he is too busy to retrieve certified mail from the post office and that he would be willing to provide acknowledgement by mail or phone. Considerable discussion followed. Wally Cashman W4EFK, complained about the 145.490 MHz repeater that was coordinated to his father and have since been omitted from the database due to his father's passing. Mike Whitmore, WB8ONY, also complained about returned certified mail and indicated that someone in the Council must accept certified mail. Director Hernandez offered to accept certified mail on behalf of the Council and forward it to the correct person. Clyde Rogers suggested that the originator of the mail receive an acknowledgement from the end recipient by regular mail. President Kassis indicated that a motion would be made during the business meeting to establish a certified mail procedure. Considerable discussion about the 145.490 MHz repeater in Tampa resumed. Wally submitted a new application and the repeater was restored to coordinated status. Also, Wally mentioned that the upside down repeater 449.600 MHz would have to be rebuilt to invert it. Wally will notify the Council when the repeater conforms to the ARRL band plan and would accept a conditional coordination of necessary. Wally mentioned that he hasn't heard the Orlando 444.6 repeater in a month. It was mentioned that the 147.075 MHz conditionally-coordinated repeater in Flagler Beach has increased height by 20 feet and has increased power without permission from the Coordinator. This information was mentioned on the air. The Database Manager complained about many other repeaters that have changed technical parameters without permission. Mike Whitmore, WB8ONY wanted to know how the FRC gets involved in interference complaints that involve the FCC. The Council provides technical information concerning coordinations to the FCC upon request. The Council does not have any rules enforcement authority. Chuck, N4EHM, of Lake City, mentioned that he submitted an application for 146.940 that was once in operation at the Boys Ranch in Live Oak, Florida and that the trustee has passed away. Chuck also mentioned that the Boys' Ranch repeater equipment has been removed. Considerable discussion followed including the fact that deceased amateurs often remain in the FCC database until expiration. (COORDINATOR'S NOTE: I HAVE BEEN CONVERSED WITH DAVE STOCKY K4KE DURING JUNE 2001, AND HE IS INTERESTED IN RESTORING THE REPEATER TO SERVICE. I HAVE SENT A LETTER TO CHUCK INDICATING THAT HIS REQUEST IS DENIED). Bill, N4XEO, mentioned that PL tones should be implemented to solve interference cases. Considerable discussion followed concerning voluntary versus mandatory PL usage and the fact that some feel like PL tones are unfriendly. It was suggested that all repeaters should generate PL tones and that it is inexpensive and has numerous benefits. It should not be mandatory. It was suggested by Mike, WB8ONY, that after a certain date, all new coordinations should be contingent upon the repeater encoding a PL tone and that when the next repeater status report is due, existing repeaters be required to encode a PL tone in order to maintain coordination. The Council does not have the authority to require a PL tone.
The business meeting was called to order at 2:00 PM on February 10, 2001 by President Ray Kassis, N4LEM, who determined that a quorum of qualified Directors were in attendance: Directors in attendance were: District 1: Nilo A. Hernandez, W4HN District 2: Mark Filla, KS4VT District 3: Karen A. Power, KD4DJX District 4: Paul Knupke Jr., KR4YL District 5: District 6: Matthew Bush, KA9RIX District 7: Ted Wirick, W7YJC District 8: Frank Butler, W4RH Staff Members in attendance were: President: Ray Kassis, N4LEM Vice President: Ira R. Bickham Jr., K8HRR Secretary/Treasurer: Dana G. Rodakis, K4LK Database Manager: Dana G. Rodakis, K4LK SECRETARY'S REPORT: Director Hernandez made a motion which was seconded by Director Knupke to approve the minutes of the September 2000 meeting without further reading. They are published on the Council web site and in the December 2000 newsletter. Passed unanimously. The secretary mentioned that the December 2000 was mailed 12/18/00. Forty came back undeliverable. They were passed along to the Directors for investigation. The next newsletter will be mailed in mid-July 2001. TREASURERŐS REPORT: The FRC Secretary/Treasurer reported the following accounting: Opening balance, 10/01/00: $ 7,793.90 Expenses: $ 124.94 Income: $ 1,050.00 Balance: 2/7/00: $ 7,918.84 The treasurer mentioned that it might be a good idea to transfer some of this balance to a savings account. WEBMASTER'S REPORT: The Council web site receives 20 hits per day. Repeater listings are updated fairly regularly. DATABASE MANAGER/COORDINATOR'S REPORT: Ten repeaters have been coordinated, and seven have been de-coordinated. There are currently 1,150 repeaters in the database. The data for the next ARRL repeater directory was submitted on-time during the end of November. PRESIDENTŐS REPORT: President Kassis mentioned that all Directors for districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 are due for re-election along with the Council President. President Kassis mentioned that he would entertain a motion to re-elect all four directors unless there is no-one else interested in running. Dave Armbrust, AE4MR indicated that he would be interested in serving district 6. Matt Bush, KA9RIX tendered his resignation as director but would like to continue serving as 6-meter coordinator. Director Power made a motion to re-elect Directors for districts 2, 4, and 8. It was seconded by Director Hernandez. Motion passed. The meeting was then turned over to Vice President Ira Bickham Jr. who entertained nominations for FRC President. Ray Kassis was nominated for President by Director Hernandez and was seconded by Director Filla. Director Butler moved that the nominations be closed. President Kassis re-elected. President Kassis then entertained a motion to re-appoint Dana Rodakis, K4LK as Secretary, Treasurer, Coordinator, Database Manager, and Webmaster, Matt Bush, KA9RIX as 6-meter coordinator, Dave Armbrust, AE4MR as District 6 Director and Ira Bickham Jr., K8HRR as Vice President. Motion made, seconded and passed. REPORTS OF DIRECTORS: District 1: All quiet District 2: Director Filla reported that he has been contacting non-reporting trustees and also urged trustees owners to update their repeaters. There are still repeaters in Broward county with 305 area codes. The 146.94 repeater owner renewed his license. The 444.500 repeater is coordinated and operating. The 147.12 repeater in Bellgrade is now on a county tower. The 145.11 interference complaint is being worked. Remove Mark's FAX number in newsletter. District 3: All quiet District 4: Director Knupke is working with Wally Cashman on the upside-down repeater issue. He mentioned that he is requesting the Database Manager deleting non-updated inactive coordinations. He urged other Directors to do the same. District 5: No report District 6: All quiet District 7: All quiet District 8: All quiet OLD BUSINESS: None NEW BUSINESS: President Kassis requested that a motion be made to establish a certified mail procedure. Director Hernandez will accept certified mail. This mail will be forwarded to the intended person by regular mail. Director Power made the motion. It was seconded by Director Butler. No discussion. Motion passed. The amateur who started the discussion about the benefits of encoding PL on a repeater planned to author an article. It would be available for the next newsletter. The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 PM by President Ray Kassis. Respectfully submitted Dana G. Rodakis, K4LK Secretary/Treasurer