NESMC News August 24, 2013
NESMC is currently proposing a change to the 2m bandplan to allow for some 1 MHz split repeaters. We have established a YahooGroup forum for discussion of this issue. Please visit this forum to read about details of the proposal. The forum is publicly readable. You will need to join the forum in order to post comments or questions.
At the 2013 General Meeting, members present approved by majority vote, with no objections or absentions, changes to the 33cm and 23 cm bandplans. Members also approved changes to th NESMC bylaws to all for electronic voting. The revised bandplans and bylaws are now published in documents area. The members also voted to remove two directors due to non-participation. NESMC is now seeking individuals to fill the vacant positions for NH, Western MA, and RI until the next election in 2014.
After over two decades of service, Lew Collins W1GXT has retired from his position as 902 MHz and up coordinator. Tony Souza, NN1D has been appointed by the NESMC board as the new coordinator. We thank Lew for his service to the ham community and welcome Tony to the NESMC team.
At the NESMC annual meeting at the ARRL New England Convention on August 25, 2012, Richard Cabral W1RJC was elected as the newest NESMC director, replacing Tony Sousa, NN1D. All other NESMC officers were reelected. The membership also approved a motion to change the bandplan concerning the 145 MHz "splinter" channels. Under the new rules, all emissions 9K00 or narrower are allowed on these channels.
Effective February 1, 2012, Jeff Lehmann, N1ZZN, is the new NESMC 440 coordinator. The NESMC board offers a warm welcome to Jeff in his new role. The board also thanks Lou Harris, the outgoing coordinator, for eight years of service in that position.
At the NESMC general meeting on August 28, 2010, Bob McCormick W1QA was elected as NESMC president. John Frye, N1OTY is our new
vice-president. Terry Stader KA8SCP and Tony Souza NN1D were elected as new Eastern Mass. Directors, and Chris Gagne N1PMA was elected
as a new director for Western Mass. All other NESMC board members were reelected. A list of our board members can be found on our
contact page (see menu button above).
The board has approved a change to the repeater directory regions. This change will affect the the 2011 ARRL repeater directory.
The Western part of Massachusetts has been realigned to follow county lines. Click on the 'Regions' link in the menu bar to see the new alignment.
A revised bandplan document, incorporating the 7 November 2009 change to 902 MHz, is now available in the documents section of this website.
At the 2009 General Meeting, members present approved by a majority vote, with no objections and two absentions, a change to the 902 MHz band plan to allow a limited number of repeater pairs in the low part of the band. Specifically, 927.0375, 927.0500, 927.0625, and 927.0750 (and the corresponding -25MHz inputs) are available as a last resort to systems which are unable to function in the "standard" part of the band, 927.4 - 927.9. No new coordinations will be assigned these pairs; only after a repeater owner has demonstrated (1) a serious impact at a standard pair and (2) that the special pair will show significant improvement will a coordination be given on one of these channels. Furthermore, automatic control of transmitter at these special inputs (for example, an on-channel link transmitter) is not coordinated. A more detailed explanation of the rationale behind this change will be made available on this website in the next two weeks.
We have added a new section to the website to explain how repeaters are grouped in the ARRL repeater directory. Check it Out.
The NESMC Home and Access pages have been combined into one. This allows you to see the latest news at the same
time that you log in!
At the NESMC General Meeting on August 23, all existing officers were reelected to the current positions. Due to the approved bylaw change, all vice directors now hold the title of director. An updated version of the bylaws will be made available soon on this website. In the meantine, the marked up version (with the approved changes) of the bylaws can be found here.
Welcome to Dave Bushong, KZ1O, who was elected to fill the vacant secretary position.
Electronic filing is the preferred method of filing coordination applications.
Paper applications will continue to be available, but the coordination process by this method will be
significantly slower. If possible, please use the NESMC on-line system to apply for all new coordinations, renewals or modifications.
The NESMC bandplans are now available in an easy-to-ready chart format. See the documents area of our website.