Florida Repeater Council, Inc.
Minutes of Annual Business Meeting
September 11, 1999
Melbourne, Florida

    The meeting was called to order at 5:07 PM on September 11, 1999 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: 
   District 3: Karen A. Power, KD4DJX
   District 4: Paul Knupke Jr., KR4YL
   District 5: 
   District 6: 
   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: Robert  Cline, WB2NGZ
   Database Manager: Dana G. Rodakis, K4LK

   The FRC Secretary/Treasurer reported the following accounting:

   Opening balance, 1/1/99:    $5072.08
   Expenses:                   $ 870.87
   Income:                     $2868.00
   Balance 9/10/99:            $6849.21
   Motion was made and seconded to accept the TreasurerŐs report as given.

    Ray Kassis reported that it is the desire of the FRC Staff and Directors 
that the FRC run as smoothly as possible and stressed that he is available 
through a number of communications media. He assured the members present that 
he will respond to all queries addressed to him. The next meeting of the FRC 
will be held in Orlando in February pending an investigation into a Miami 
Hamfest meeting. (EditorŐs Note: The February FRC meeting will be held in 

    Dana Rodakis reported that there are presently 1060 coordinated repeaters 
in the State of Florida but that 227 of them have not been updated by 
submission of the biennial report. Those repeaters that have not been updated 
by January 1, 2000 will not be included in the ARRL Repeater Directory. A 
delinquent list was given to all Directors for their use in obtaining 
repeater reports. Dana reported that the FRC WEB site averages 90 hits per 
    Dana is in need of greater repeater location accuracy and suggested that 
repeater coordinates included not only degrees and minutes but also seconds 
as well as nearest cross streets.
    The Database Manager will research the possibility of securing a new 
database software package which is more suited to the needs of the FRC.
    In conclusion the Database Manager requested that he be reimbursed for 
the FRC WEB site account which costs $19.95 per month, plus tax. He will also 
research the possibility of obtaining a new server.

    District 1: Nilo Hernandez reported that a problem with the 443.525 
repeater has been resolved in that the owner of the uncoordinated repeater 
has gone off the air and will apply for a new coordination.

    District 3: Karen Power reported that things have been going well in 
District 3 with the exception of continued interference between the Melbourne 
repeaters and the GMRS React repeater.

    District 4: Paul Knupke reported that the Metro Repeater Club has 
suffered a severe lightning strike and has been down for an excess of 30 days.

    District 7: Ted Wirick reported that things have been going well in his 
district in fact he experienced good cooperation with one repeater owner who 
dutifully reported his repeater out of service and then, after repair, 
reported it back in service.

    District 8: Frank Butler reported that things are going well. One 
repeater owner mover his repeater 15 miles and will report the relocation to 
the Database Manager. Another repeater owner put his repeater up on a pair 
which had been deactivated a year ago. He will also make a report to the 
Database Manager.   There are still some occurrences of repeater interference 
with Alabama repeaters which have a 20 kHz spacing.

    Motion made by Paul Knupke that Mrs. Estevez, KB4AW be notified that she 
must make application for a new repeater pair within 90 days. Seconded by 
Nilo Hernandez. Motion passed unanimously.

    Motion made by Nilo Hernandez for coordination of repeaters below 442/447 
in Districts 1 and 2. Assignments will be made on 25 kHz spacing beginning at 
440.000 out and 445.000 in. Repeaters must be CTCSS access and
coordination's will be conditional. Great care will be taken by the 
Coordinator to avoid existing links, both voice and packet. The national 
simplex frequency of 446.0 MHz will not be assigned as a repeater input. 
Motion seconded by Frank Butler. Motion passed unanimously. 

    Motion by Nilo Hernandez that 53.53 MHz be released for coordination to 
FADCA for the use of the Prop Net. Motioned seconded by Frank Butler. Motion 
passed unanimously.

    Motion by Ted Wirick to allocate up to $1500.00 to the Database Manager 
to secure a new database software program. Motion seconded by Paul Knupke. 
Motion passed unanimously.

    Motion made by Frank Butler to allocate up to $850.00 for maintenance of 
the FRC WEB site under its present server or a new WEB site server. Motion 
seconded  by Paul Knupke. Motion passed unanimously.

    The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 PM by President Ray Kassis.

Respectfully submitted
Robert C. Cline, WB2NGZ