Florida Repeater Council, Inc.
Minutes of Annual Business Meeting
February 9, 2002
Orlando, Florida


The open forum was started at 1:35 PM on February 9, 2002 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: Dave Armbrust, AE4MR
   District 7: Ted Wirick, W4YJC
   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.

An amateur asked if there is a way to have unused repeater pairs re-allocated. 
Coordinator Rodakis explained the procedure.  Considerable discussion followed.

The trustee of the Orlando 442.950 MHz repeater complained about coverage
overlap caused by the Verna repeater.  Considerable discussion followed. 
Trustee of Verna repeater will investigate feasibility of changing frequency to
442.550 MHz.

The trustee of the Orlando 146.640 MHz repeater complained about coverage
overlap caused by the Holiday N9EE repeater.  Considerable discussion followed.
 Ron has lowered his output power to 5 watts with no relief.  CTCSS was
mentioned as a possible solution.

A discussion concerning a state-wide clear repeater pair for emergency use. 
Considerable discussion about 146.94 followed.  Director Armbrust offered to
contact existing repeater owners about going silent during an emergency.  It
was decided to explore a pair in the sub 442 MHz band for state-wide use.

The business meeting was called to order at 2:25 PM on February 9, 2002 by
President Ray Kassis, N4LEM, who welcomed all in attendance and thanked those
who work for the Council.  The Secretary 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: Dave Armbrust, AE4MR
   District 7: Ted Wirick, W4YJC
   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'S REPORT:

President Kassis mentioned that all Directors for districts 1, 3, 5, and 7 are
due for re-election along with the Council President and that the district 5
Director has resigned.

The meeting was then turned over to Vice President Ira Bickham Jr. who
entertained nominations for District Directors.  Nilo Hernandez was nominated
as District 1 Director.  Karen Power was nominated as District 3 Director.  A
call was made for a volunteer to serve as District 5 Director.  There were no
takers.  Ted Wirick was nominated as District 7 Director.  Ray Kassis was
nominated for President by Dave Armbrust. All  nominations were seconded and
passed.  President Kassis re-appointed Vice President Bickham 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.

SECRETARY'S REPORT:

Secretary Rodakis announced that the minutes of the last meeting have been
posted on the FRC web site.  Director Arbrust made a motion which was seconded
by Director Hernandez to approve the minutes of the September 2001 meeting as
posted. Motion passed unanimously.

TREASURER'S REPORT:

The FRC Secretary/Treasurer reported the following accounting:

Opening balance, 9/8/01  $7,883.05
Expenses:                  $973.73
Income:                    $790.00
Balance: 2/6/02:          7,699.32

WEBMASTER'S REPORT:

Web site was updated with repeater listings. The Council web site receives 20
hits per day.

DATABASE MANAGER/COORDINATOR'S REPORT:

Filemaker Pro database rework in progress.  Data is due to the ARRL for the
next repeater directory by February 15, 2002.  Sixty-two coordinations were
issued last year along with various transfers.  There are 1,120 repeaters in
database.

REPORTS OF DIRECTORS:

District 1: All quiet
District 2: All quiet.  A couple repeaters are down due to technical problems.
District 3: Karen requested that Fred Anderson's coordination be deleted.  A
couple repeaters were asking to raise their 440 MHz repeater output power.  The
coordinator mentioned that some repeater coordination applications indicated
far in excess of the 50 watt maximum per FCC rules. Exceptions can be granted
by the military frequency coordinator.  Considerable discussion followed.  The
Okeechobee repeater on 145.21 has been inactive for 4 years.  Discussion about
paper repeaters followed.  Can new PCARS 444.425 repeater be updated and
included in the next directory.
District 4: Not sure what can be done about the 146.64 Holiday/Orlando overlap
problem.  Considerable discussion followed with no resolution.  The Wally
Cashwell, 449.600 MHz W4EFK repeater is still operating upside-down.  Nothing
has been sent to Riley Hollingsworth.
District 5: No report
District 6: Dave reported on feasibility of moving the Verna repeater.
District 7: It is getting more difficult to locate available pairs.  Other than
that, all quiet.
District 8: We need to have a entry on the FRC Application that requires
transmitter power for 440 MHz coordinations.

OLD BUSINESS:

The $200 allocated for printing and postage in opposition of  tower building
ordinances.

Coordinator was directed to notify Riley Hollingsworth of the Council's
position on the Wall Cashman situation.  This was not completed.

NEW BUSINESS:

The article about the benefits of CTCSS use was distributed last meeting.  A
motion was made and seconded to approve the article as published for the FRC
web site.

A motion was made and seconded to require that transmitter power be required on
the FRC Application and that applications for 440 MHz that specify more than 50
watts require a copy of a waiver from the Military Frequency Coordinator.

Director Paul reported that 10 copies of Filemaker Pro would need to be ordered
simultaneously to obtain a minimal discount.  Mark, Dave, Nilo, Ted, Karen and
Frank would need a copy.  Dana and Paul already have one.  A motion was made
and seconded to allocate $1,800 for purchase of Filemaker Pro.

Director Filla prepared a proposal for new coordination distances based upon
antenna height for 144, 220 and 440 MHz.  The proposed distances do not include
the effects of ducting or output power.  A motion was made and seconded to
publish the proposal on the FRC web site and the next newsletter.  It will be
voted upon during the September 2002 Board of Director's meeting and
appropriate modifications to the coordination policy will be decided.

A motion was made and seconded to direct the Coordinator to allocate a pair in
the sub-442 pair for state-wide emergency use and determine the least-used
2-meter repeater pair for emergency use. Director Paul indicate the need to
form a procedure to deal with paper repeaters.  He also expressed a need to
find an alternative meeting location.  We met in the corner of one of the
exhibition halls.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 PM by President Ray Kassis.

Respectfully submitted
Dana G. Rodakis, K4LK
Secretary/Treasurer