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Al Boyd, VE3AJB
President, MARC Inc.
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Greetings to All Amateurs New and Old;

Hello everyone I am sending this notice to invite you all to come out, have lunch, and attend a very important meeting of the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc.. It will take place on Sunday 07 April 2019 at 12 noon for lunch and the meeting following at 1:00 pm at the Pinewood Inn Restaurant on Centre Street in Espanola, Ontario. Espanola was chosen in hopes that members of the club from the North Shore and Manitoulin Island, Elliot Lake, Sudbury and any other location could join us. There have been some changes within the radio club that I would like to update you on. I am also very pleased to announce that the club has received a huge donation of money from the Little Current Lion’s Club for the upgrade of the VE3RMI repeater system. I would like to present the updates, plans and of course to vote and get approval from the club membership to purchase new equipment for the repeater system. As you may know Jim and Lorraine McLean VE3LJM and VE3LMJ have stepped down from the executive positions due to health reasons and we are required to fill the vacancies so we will be voting on these positions for Vice President and Treasurer. I am happy to report that Jim and Lorraine are still members of the club.

The plans are to meet at 12 noon in the Pinewood Inn Restaurant for lunch (order off the menu and pay your own) then after lunch we will attend the Regency Meeting Room to conduct the meeting. Under our new By-laws passed last year it is important that all past and present members of the club be notified of this meeting. I am doing this in hopes that some of you that have not been active would like to renew your membership and join us again for all the fun we have in the club. Membership dues for the year 2019 are now due and we still have many outstanding members that have not renewed. I am also pleased to report the dues have not increased and are still $30.00 for single and $40.00 for family. The dues money goes towards covering you under our insurance and for hydro to run the VE3RMI repeater and of course to help maintain the many repeater systems the club has to offer. In order to keep our records up to date if we have not heard from you in over 2 years your name will be removed from the e-mail list and you will be no longer covered under the insurance. If you would like to mail in your dues all the information is on our club website at www.ve3rmi.org the address to mail is Allan Boyd P.O. Box 208, Little Current, Ontario P0P1K0. Hopefully by then the weather will be fine for you attend as it plans to be a great get together for us.

So here is the information again.

WHAT: The Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc. Lunch Get Together and Annual General Meeting

WHEN: Sunday 07th April 2019 at 12:00 Noon for Lunch Meeting to follow at 1:00 pm

WHERE: Pinewood Inn and Restaurant 378 Centre Street, Espanola, Ontario

WHY: To vote in new executive and vote on purchase of equipment for the VE3RMI repeater and get updated on all the plans.

HOW: Jump in your vehicle and come and join us, talk-in is on the VE3RMI repeater 147.270 + no tone required

If you could please reply and let me know if you received this notice and whether you will be attending as I need to let the restaurant know the numbers for lunch.

Again this is a very important meeting to get updated and vote on the new plans for the VE3RMI Repeater System plus a chance for all to meet again face to face. I thank you as your President for your support and look forward to hopefully seeing you on the 7th of April.

73

Al

Allan Boyd

VE3AJB

President

Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc.

Great news the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc. has recieved a large donation from the Little Current Lion's Club. Last year the Manitoulin executive worked on an application to be able to except donations through the Ontario Lottery program. An application was submitted and accepted as the club met the details of the application. As a result I approched the Little Current Lions Club explaining that the club relies on our main repeater VE3RMI. The exsisting equipment including antenna and feedline was installed some 25 years ago and is in need of repelacement. Plus other equipment like duplexers and amplifier was also needed. A detailed list of replacement equipment was given to the Lions Club in hopes of recieving a donation to replace some of it. Last week the President of the Lion's Club Mr. Bruce Burnett advised that their club met and without hesitation wrote a cheque in the amount of $9,500.00 for the purchase of all the equipment and was handed to myself as President of the MARC. This will cover the total replacement of the VE3RMI repeater with brand new equipment providing emergency and public service communications for many decades to come. Great thanks are given to the Little Current Lion's club and a formal media event will be scheduled in the near future. Plan are now in the works for the purchase of new equipment and replacement of the old. Stay tuned for further details.

73

Al

Allan Boyd VE3AJB

President - MARC

Greetings to all members of the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club it saddens me to say that our long time Vice President Jim Mclean VE3LJM has asked to step down from the executive role as VP and DEC for ARES while he is dealing with a serious health issue. His wife Lorraine McLean VE3LMJ our club Secratary and Treasurer has also asked to step down while she can assist Jim. As many of you know they did alot for the club behind the scenes and are really going to be missed in this role. Both Jim and Lorraine are and will still reamin members of the club but asked to have some personal time while they deal with this issue. On behalf of all members we wish them the best and Jim a full recovery.

On a happy note I am very pleased to be able to appoint Lou Noble VE3LDY as our new interum Secratary and Treasurer to fullfill the remainer of the elected term. As many of you know Lou comes to us with great financial experiance and is employed with Canada TD Bank. Lou agreed to step up and assist the club thank you Lou you are a real godsend.

Since it is the start of the new year club dues are due again I am still happy to report the club dues have not changed we are still $30 for single membership and $40 for family membership. Dues help us run the club with insurance costs, hydro to run the repeater and repairs etc. Dues are now required for the year of 2019, for those have have already paid thank you so much. There are many members that did not pay for the year 2018 if your not sure if you paid or not please check with Lou and she will get you updated. Just a reminder members two years in the rears will be taken off the membership list and will not be covered under the RAC insurance for the club. I ask if your going to mail your membership in to the club you use my address and send it to me at Allan Boyd VE3AJB P.O. Box 208, Little Current, Ontario P0P1K0. Please include your updated mailing address, phone number and e-mail address and you will be included in the new e-mail distrabution list. Again thank you for your support and commitment to the MARC because without you we would not be here.

73 to all

Al

Allan Boyd

VE3AJB

President

Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc.

Tired of hearing the digital "noise" on RMI when it's in the C4FM mode? The repeater DOES transmit a CTCSS tone of 156.7hz while in FM mode, allowing you to set your tone squelch on your NON C4FM radio...when it is properly set, you will see the signal strength meter go over, but you will hear no digital squawk...

Not sure how to set tone squelch on your radio? Contact Rusty or Al... I am sure we can walk you thru it!

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