Two Clubs Jointly Operating a Repeater

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Clubs' started by K5TCJ, Dec 10, 2019.

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  1. K5TCJ

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    Any clubs out there operating a repeater with another club?
    How did you work out and document the details of who does what, who provides what, etc. etc.
    Is there a executed memorandum of understanding (MOU)?
    If you are in such an arrangement, you input and advice is invited.
  2. KP4SX

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    Sounds like a potentially unfavorable arrangement over the long term.
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  3. K5TCJ

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    That's what I'm hoping to avoid, by seeing how other clubs have documented and agreed on this type of arrangement.
    73, Tim
  4. KA9JLM

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    Because there will be a fight over head strong power.

    I have seen best of friends become enemies. :(
  5. KB3DFZ

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    This is interesting. Our club has a repeater committee that handles our 4 repeaters, including repairs and upgrades and can spend 'a reasonable amount' of money without necessarily needing an authorizing vote. This along the lines of getting a repair done between monthly meetings, or when we upgraded the 440, the decision as to which radio and vendor was left up to the committee - generally so that if we were buying on qrz on ebay, we could jump on it without waiting till next month when the item sold.

    I feel for two clubs, either a comittee or a sort of "repeater association" type club should be created for the express purpose of running the repeater(s). This club would form its own 501c3, have its own bank account, and receive donations from participants (individuals or clubs). Two clubs is tricky, since each would want to have an equal vote, whereas a larger repeater association might have at least 5, but possibly dozens of members each with their own vote. With two, you might have equal votes, but no tie-breaker. You also have the concern of which club puts more money into the project. For two clubs, it seems like you want to make everyone in each club a member of repeater association by default and have a combined meeting (maybe an online voting deal) whenever there's a major repeater concern. So it's not "club a votes yea", and "club b votes nay", but rather that a majority of repeater members votes a certain way. With a majority vote of the users on what to do, it can still be up to individual clubs to determine how much they want to donate to the repeater association. That can be part of a voting discussion "you can vote to get a yaesu fusion repeater, but our club isn't going to fund that".

    Long-term, if there's a disagreement over the repeater (should we link it, should it be analog, d-star, fusion, or dmr, should it speak the time and weather every couple hours?) no paper or MOU is going to mitigate bad feelings. But by moving the responsibility from clubs to individuals, then that mitigates a lot of it. You don't have 2 clubs maintaining a repeater, you have individuals that are members of the repeater club and their individual club maintaining a repeater.
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  6. W0QGS

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    I know this is an old thread, One way it possibly could be done is by each club voting for certain agreed number of members to be deemed as "Repeater Board Members" (those with the most knowledge about repeaters, repairs, installs, features, etc.)

    Example: (Note: It can be up to 3 members, and the more people involved, more "disagreements" could arise)
    Club A: nominates 2 members
    Club B: nominates 2 members

    These 4 (Or whatever number of members the two clubs agree on) can type up an agreement to be impartial to the clubs and their decision is to best serve their Clubs, Communities, Hobby, & Services of Amateur Radio and that each club can choose to replace each "board member" based on conduct, loss of life, etc much like a club officer/member and have this "Agreement" notarized and a copy for each club on the agreed terms. Remember, these members are supposed to "Represent" their club, not "Dictate" and this should be expressed in the "Notarized Agreement". They also should be Looking out for the "general Amateur interests" and should be held above all else. Those 4 would hold regular meetings, discussions about needs, wants, etc. Also, these 4 (or whatever number the two clubs agree on), decide which action is best (not the clubs), and relay it back to their own clubs.

    Just one way I have seen it done.

    Hope it helps a little.

    de, W0QGS
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