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Repeater Cost

2024-03-22 by Robert Bower W9RWB

I am taking off my Board Member hat for a minute and want to talk to you ham to ham.

I just sent a donation to a ham because I use his repeater. I would also urge any of you who use someone's repeater to do the same.

The cost of a repeater and it upkeep is not an inexpensive venture. There are the upfront cost of equipment, computers, coax, and antennas but there are also ongoing costs like electricity, Internet access, and repair.

So if you share in the benefit of a repeater please consider sharing in the cost of the same repeater.

The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the Michiana Amateur Radio Club, its board, or membership. The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

Member Directory Coming Soon.

2024-03-14 by Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

A New feature coming to the MARC Website is a member directory.

  1. This directory will be OPT-IN.
  2. It will only include information about you that you want to share.
  3. It will be in the Member's only section of the club website.
  4. It will also include Elmer information.

What do those four points mean. First there is a form you can fill out to be in the directory. If you don't fill out the form you will not be in the directory.

The directory has several fields you can fill out. If you don't some information shared don't fill out a field. There is only four required fields:

  1. Your email. The this email will not be shared in the directory. It is only used to contact you with questions. If you want to include an email there a field later in the form to do so.
  2. Name.
  3. Callsign.
  4. Do you want to be an Elmer.

If you want to be an Elmer in some area click yes to the Elmer question and you will be presented with an additional section to provide information about how you would like to assist members of the club.

The directory will be in the Member's Section so only members will be able to view your information.

Notes from the February 21, 2024 Net

2024-02-22 by Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

On last night's net in the ARRL Audio News, there were two items mentioned that you may want to look at more closely.

The views and opinions expressed in links below do not necessarily reflect the views of the Michiana Amateur Radio Club, its board, or membership. The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the authors.

ARRL Proposed Bylaw 46

2024-01-16 by Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

Good afternoon everyone, you may have noticed there is a motion before the ARRL board to make changes to Bylaw 46 at their next meeting on January 19th and 20th. If you are like me, you are not sure of what the changes are, what they mean, and if the changes are good or bad.

I am providing a list of sites that I found on different search engines that list the changes or talk about the changes so you can make up your own mind. I have not watched or read all of the links yet. I am just providing a bibliography of information.

The views and opinions expressed in links below do not necessarily reflect the views of the Michiana Amateur Radio Club, its board, or membership. The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the authors.

ARRL Bylaws through July 2023

ARRL Atlantic Division Front Page which has links to the motions proposed and commentary about the proposed changes

ARRL New England Division Town Hall Recap, January 10, 2024

Article by Fred Hopengarten, Esq., K1VR

ARRL Proposed Bylaw 46 Presentation by RATPAC Amateur Radio

K6UDA Video

KB6NU's Blog which has several articles.