[FRC] Florida Repeater Council Information

Bryan Fields Bryan at bryanfields.net
Sun Oct 2 23:58:25 EDT 2016

Thank you for your vote here.  I would hope they send a reminder to renew
member, but as we know that is not the case.

When I did it in May it was $10 via PayPal to "Florida Repeater Council, Inc..
(k4lk at tampabay.rr.com)"
Under instructions to merchant I put my coordinated repeaters and those pending.

If you have PayPal you can send it direct to k4lk at tampabay.rr.com without
going via the website. 


On 10/2/16 11:39 PM, Leon Jurczyszyn wrote:
> Bryan,
> I find that the FRC web page is not available. I can't remember when I sent
> my donation within the last year. When the WEB page opens I will send
> another $10 to join and you will have my proxy.
> You are absolutely correct...
> Leon  K8ZAG
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* Bryan Fields <Bryan at bryanfields.net>
> *To:* frc-info at lists.keekles.org
> *Sent:* Sunday, October 2, 2016 10:22 PM
> *Subject:* [FRC] Florida Repeater Council Information
> Greetings and welcome to the Florida Repeater Discussion List,
> I am Bryan Fields, W9CR. 
> I’m involved in amateur radio in the Tampa Bay area, with membership in four
> local clubs and chairman of the Technical Committee for my local group.
> Professionally I am a Network Architect with a major telecom company.  I’ve
> been a licensed amateur since 1995 (over 2/3 of my life), hold a GROL+Radar
> and have a background in cellular/microwave networks.
> Fellow Amateurs, the FRC is an organization run amuck.  Incompetent
> directors are managing it, flouting the bylaws, violating Florida Law, and
> ignoring member needs.  I am asking for your proxy for the upcoming FRC meeting.
> It has failed in its ability to coordinate operations of amateur radio
> repeaters in the following ways:
>   * Publication of the FRC database on a public website
>       o This database dump in MySQL format and the associated webpages show
>         without a doubt the level of incompetency in the programming behind
>         the database.  This is nothing but gross negligence on the part of
>         Director Rodakis and Director Lavender.   
>       o Per the coordination policy, locations are to be kept secret,
>         however a Reddit user was kind enough to post a Google earth KML
>         showing the coordinated location of every repeater in the state.
>       o  All your personal data, phone, email, home address, repeater site
>         address and Repeater Site GPS coordinates are published.
>   * Length of the coordination process is unacceptable!
>       o As of this writing coordination applications post 1/25/2016 have not
>         been processed.  It’s */October/*!
>       o If the coordinator cannot process applications in a reasonable time,
>         he needs to step down.
>       o Renewals have not been processed post 5/7/2016!   As most
>         coordinations expire on 9/30/2016, this means no members may vote
>         under the bylaws!  This applies to the board as well.
>   * Violation of the coordination policy by the directors
>   * Willful violation of the bylaws by the directors
>   * Willful violations of FS 617 regarding members request for information
>       o Acknowledged receipt of this by President Kassis
>   * Publicly stating the policy of the FRC is “is unable to search for
>     available frequencies”, when this is the FCC definition of a frequency
>     coordinator. 
>   * When they do suggest frequencies there active repeaters on them, some
>     even coordinated well under the radius.
>   * Inventing new coordination polices on the fly without approval of the board
> The FRC must be reformed if it wishes to keep its legitimacy.  Frequency
> coordination is voluntary in amateur radio, and there is little reason for
> amateur radio operators in Florida to seek coordination from the FRC under
> this current administration.
> My goal is to transform this organization into a healthy helping hand for
> repeater operators and other amateur spectrum users.  No one should be
> answered with contempt for months after putting an application in for
> coordination only to be told “fill it out again, we can’t edit it”.  This
> should not be an organization which exists as a good-ol’-boy system breading
> contempt; rather one which operates in the open, in accordance with its
> bylaws, and accountable to its members.
> The FRC should ask how to say “Yes” rather than saying “No” in working with
> their members and other amateurs.
> My plan to get us on the right track is:
>   * Remove the current directors for gross incompetency and exposing the
>     organization to liability:
>       o Ray Kassis, N4LEM
>       o Dana Rodakis, K4LK
>       o (Glenn) Mike Fletcher, NI4M
>       o Chuck Lavender, W4CLL
>   * Demand new elections for existing directors in compliance with the bylaws.
>   * Establish a bylaw committee to rewrite the bylaws and change the
>     organization structure to better serve all amateurs in Florida.
>   * Establish a development process for new policies from the membership
>   * Encourage input from the membership based on sound technical policies
>   * De-centralize coordination by having a web enabled database be
>     accessible to the public showing all history of an application through
>     coordination.
>   * No one person should be the gatekeeper of the database. 
>   * Make all records of the FRC open to the public, as any non-profit
>     serving the public interest must be.
> I will make a motion to accomplish this at the next meeting at the Melbourne
> Hamfest meeting.   To make this happen, I am asking for your proxy, if
> you’re a member of the FRC.   You will need to print out this form and sign
> it, then send a scan or legible picture of it to me via email or text
> message. If you can attend the meeting, please do so.
> It’s $10 to become a member on the FRC website and it buys the right to have
> a say in the future of amateur radio in Florida.   
> http://florida-repeaters.org/donate.htm
> I fully expect to be shouted down by the board, but as members we cannot be
> ignored.  I wish to resolve this via the membership, but if ignored I do
> intend to comply the board, by any legal means, to follow the bylaws and FS 617.
> I need your proxy by the Friday, October 7, 2016. 
> 73’s and see you at Melbourne,
> Bryan Fields, W9CR
> P.S. Please feel free to discuss this on list.  If you wish to not be a part
> of this discussion you can remove yourself using the link at the bottom. 
> I'm happy to oblige your wishes via direct email as well if you have any
> questions. 
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