Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club

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The Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club appreciates all the support that the amateur
community has given us over the year as members and in general the donations
we have received. Now that the club has entered the digital information
technology world, we have created a donation page on our website. This makes
things easier if you live afar from the club and wish to donate. We appreciate all
the members paying their dues and others that have donated to the upgrades we
have done to the repeater and equipment. By no means is there any obligation to
donate to the club. This page was created by Rusty VE3WVA as our webmaster
that if someone wished to donate it would be easy to do so. Again, we appreciate
all the support amateurs have given us throughout the years. We look froward for
you to participate in any club activities and look froward to hearing you on the air.
Happy hamming
Allan Boyd
Manitoulin amateur Radio Club Inc.

Please use this button for DONATIONS to the club ONLY; Not for paying membership dues.

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With heavy heart and great sadness, I bring the news of a passing of a
long-time member of the MARC, the passing of Dr. David Filmer W9DF from West
Lafayette Indiana on Sunday evening 23 May 21. Dave was a very close friend,
mentor, and father to me in my amateur radio life and contributed to the
knowledge of all aspects of life to all members of the club. My prayers and
love go out to Christa Keck his wife and life companion when she called and
gave me the sad news last night. I won't go on at this point but will later
because I could write pages of the accomplishments of Dave and how he made
the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club better through his guidance and knowledge.
We would not have the digital technology in our club had it have not been
through Dave.

I plan to hold a memorial net on Sunday 30 May 21 at 10:00 AM which will be
recorded for Christa. If you have memories or stories you would like to
share, I encourage you to check and share them with us all. Once Christa is
feeling up to it, I have asked her to return to Zoom with us and the D-Star
nets that both she and Dave have been a big part of it. I have added the
link to Dave's obituary below.

Thank You


Allan Boyd



Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc.

27 Red Mill Road, P.O. Box 208,

Little Current, Ontario


(705)-368-2779 (Home)

(705)-869-8284 (Cell)


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***UPDATED 14Nov2021***

This simple batch file will update your hosts file for you. It will add the new FREESTAR* callsign server info for you.

The .zip file can be downloaded from here.

Unzip the file anywhere; RIGHT CLICK on the dstarhost.bat file and pick run as administrator.

Any trouble, contact VE3WVA at



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Minutes and info on the very successful 2021 AGM can be found here...

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Greetings to All Club Members and Fellow Amateurs,
Time has come again to advise that the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc. must have an Annual General Meeting (AGM) which includes the Presidents and Financial report to the membership. As you may recall normally prior to the Covid-19 world the club membership would meet for a lunch get together and then have the meeting at a conference room. The location was in Espanola so that members from all areas of Manitoulin, the North Shore, Elliot Lake, and Sudbury could attend. Last year we had to cancel the event due to the Pandemic and this year is not different and I am sad to advise we cannot meet as a group at this stage. The good news like last year the meeting was conducted using the Zoom format and was very successful. So, we are going to again have this year’s AGM on a zoom conference, and all are welcome to attend.
Due to the MARC by-laws, we must give 30 days’ notice of the meeting so this is to officially advise that this years Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc. Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday April 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm on Zoom format same as we have our Saturday morning get togethers. I will be sending out the invitations to all club members and those that wish to attend the meeting. Please be reminded that you need to be a PAID-UP MEMBER of the club to vote on any items. The club executive positions of Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer are due for election. We will have many other agenda items on where the club is going and how it will move forward during Covid-19.
I am hoping that many of you will be able to attend on zoom and join us for the meeting. As the meeting date gets closer, I will be sending out the Zoom link and an agenda of the topic items for the meeting. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to nominate anyone for the position of Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer please send the notice to me via e-mail
WHEN: Sunday 25 April 2021 at 1:00 PM
WHERE: On Zoom Conference Call
WHY: MARC AGM for 2021
Allan Boyd
Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc.
27 Red Mill Road, P.O. Box 208,
Little Current, Ontario
(705)-368-2779 (Home)
(705)-869-8284 (Cell)
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Since this pandemic has started, we have been holding Zoom meetings every Saturday at 10:00 in lieu of our breakfast meetings.

It is VERY informational, with many different topics discussed.

If you wish to participate, make sure Al has your email address and he will add you to the list.

Invitations are sent Friday nights or Saturday mornings.

Contact Al at al black bg email

It can speed things up if you visit to download & install Zoom.