Florida Repeater Council, Inc.
Minutes of Annual Business Meeting
February 13, 1999
Orlando, Florida

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 PM by President Ray Kassis, N4LEM.

He mentioned that at the last meeting in Melbourne, Florida was preceded by an
open forum to allow the FRC membership to bring up any problems and interact
with their Directors.  It was deemed a success and the Directors received many
positive comments.

President Kassis then mentioned that District 6 Director Mike Gonzalez was not
able to attend and did not wish to continue as Director.  He also indicated
that a motion would be entertained to appoint the FRC 6-meter coordinator,
Matt Bush, KA9RIX as Director of District 6.

Directors and staff were introduced.

The following Directors were in attendance:
   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: John July, KA2VWW
   District 6:
   District 7: Ted Wirick, W7YJC
   District 8: Frank Butler, W4RH
The following staff members were in attendance:
   President Ray Kassis, N4LEM
   Vice President Ira R. Bickham Jr., K8HRR
   Database Manager/Webmaster Dana G. Rodakis, K4LK

President Kassis then opened the informal member forum.

The on-going interference complaint from the Metropolitan Repeater Association
(MRA) (147.36) in Pinellas County about the co-channel repeater in Cocoa was
mentioned by Director Butler and President Kassis briefed those at the
meeting.  The Cocoa repeater is located 50 miles beyond the minimum spacing
for co-channel repeaters and is being operated properly.

President Kassis indicated that he would like the Directors that desire it to
perform frequency searches for amateurs in their districts.

Tom Bench, KS4ZI, mentioned his interference problem with the co-channel
repeater on 146.940 in Tampa.  Tom and the Database Manager will write to the
trustee of the Tampa repeater, Doug Brewer, KC4HAZ to request that he lower
his output power.

Ray Vaughan, KD4BBM, queried the staff about the approved coordinations below
442 MHz.  President Kassis mentioned that the Directors of districts 1 and 2
are working to be sure that no existing link or packet frequencies will not be
interfered with.  The process is slow but methodical.  Director Butler
mentioned that if the repeater trustees don't submit link or repeater updates
then they shouldn't complain if a repeater is placed in service below 442.

Steve Barber, WA4B, queried the staff about a request for a coordination for
NOFARS on 146.70.  President Kassis turned-over the application to Database
Manager Rodakis for processing.  Steve mentioned that he tried to contact the
Southeast Repeater Association about possible repeater pairs, the Georgia
coordinator replied that he must contact the FRC.  Database Manager Rodakis
then explained the coordination process for proposed repeaters within 125
miles of the neighboring states to the North.

David Trewin, KR4U, mentioned his on-going attempt to coordinate a pair in
Pinellas County that is long inactive.  He asked when he should place his
proposed repeater on the air.  The Database Manager told Dave to go ahead.  He
has been working with Director Knupke.


President Kassis verified that a quorum was present and that the Directors and
Staff present were qualified.

President Kassis then opened the official FRC Board of Directors meeting.

ELECTION OF PRESIDENT: President Kassis mentioned that it is time to reelect
the President and Staff Members.  The meeting was turned-over to Vice
President Bickham, who opened the floor for nominations for President of the
Florida Repeater Council.  Ray Kassis, N4LEM was nominated, seconded and
approved as President.

DISTRICT 6 DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT: President Kassis then made a motion to
appoint Matthew Bush, KA9RIX, as acting Director of FRC district 6.  The
motion was made, seconded and approved.

STAFF REAPPOINTMENT: President Kassis then reappointed his staff, Database
Manager/Webmaster Dana Rodakis, K4LK, Vice President Ira Bickham Jr., K8HRR,
and 6-meter Coordinator, Matthew Bush, KA9RIX. Motion was made, seconded and

SECRETARY/TREASURER REPORT: The Secretary/Treasurer was not present to give a
report nor did he send one in advance to be presented to the Board of

District 1: Nilo Hernandez reported that he was happy to
announce that there are no problems.  He received a round of applause.

District 2: Mark Filla reports that he is in the process of notifying
delinquent repeater owners to update their repeater data with the Database

District 3: Karen Power reported that an interference problem to the 146.61
repeater in Melbourne has been corrected.  She mentioned that Director Filla
supplied trustee information for the 146.85 so that it could be updated since
she wasn't able to do it herself.

District 4: Paul Knupke reported that he's working on-going complaints of
interference between co-channel repeaters.  He is endeavoring to bring into
conformance two upside-down repeaters.  He mentioned that he sent a
strongly-worded email and that he apologized for some of its contents.

District 5: John July is attempting to get the database and software from the
Database Manager so that he can contact delinquent repeater owners to update
their repeater data with the Database Manager.  He mentioned that he has been
communicating with the Database Manager concerning new coordinations.  He also
mentioned that he has been in contact with the sponsors of the Orlando
HamCation, and that due to the lack of attendance at the Orlando HamCation
forums, the clubs in the area do not want to spend the money to hold forums. 
Director Hernandez mentioned having the annual business meeting in Miami. 
Director July mentioned that the By-Laws state that the annual business
meeting be held at the Orlando HamCation in February. Director Hernandez
offered to host the annual business meeting in Miami at the Tropical Hamboree.
Amateurs have complained about having to travel to the meeting.  Database
Manager Rodakis mentioned that the By-Laws should be changed to strike any
mention of a specific hamfest to hold the meeting.

District 7: Ted Wirick reported that he is getting accustomed to his new
position.  He mentioned that he received communication from Tom Bench, KS4ZI,
concerning 146.940.

District 8: Frank Butler reports that everything is going smoothly in the

indicated that he had no idea which Directors submitted their qualification to
serve as Director to the Secretary/Treasurer.  He then entertained a motion to
re-nominate and elect the Directors in districts 2, 4, 6 and 8.  The motion
was made, seconded, and approved.


NEW BUSINESS:  Director Knupke suggested that the Board of Directors meet a
third time each year to conduct additional business.  He proposed an expansion
of the 2-meter repeater allocations to include simplex frequencies beginning
146.405 on 15 kHz spacing with 1 MHz split.  Considerable discussion followed.
A notice will be placed on the web site.  The decision will be made at the
Melbourne meeting of the Board of Directors.

President Kassis requested that the Directors make themselves as available as
possible at hamfests and club meetings so that the general ham population can
communicate with the Council more efficiently.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:  The Secretary/Treasurer was not present.

DATABASE MANAGERS REPORT: Database Manager Rodakis reported that there are now
1034 coordinated repeaters in the State of Florida. The Database Manager
responded to numerous questions and problems posed by the several Directors.
He mentioned that he was going to delete de-coordination lists for
non-reporting and institute a new procedure that will omit repeaters that have
not reported in the past three years from inclusion in the ARRL Repeater

President Ray Kassis reminded the members that the next meeting of the Florida
Repeater Council would be held at the Melbourne Hamfest in September 1999.

The meeting was adjourned by President Kassis at 5:00 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dana G. Rodakis, K4LK, Acting Secretary, Florida Repeater Council
6280 Fairfield Ave. So.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33707
(727) 381-3344