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This is the W1BIM Repeater

Freq: 146.97 PL: 114.8
Trustee: Greg Algieri, WA1JXR

Jim Singer, N1EKO (President)
Tom Gauvin, NE1NH
(Vice President)
Patrick Perkins, KO1NE (Treasurer)
Dan Rau, K1RAU (Secretary)
Lyn Glagowski, WB1CCL

Board of Directors
Greg Algieri, WA1JXR
Connor Gumbrell, KC1MMT
George Gumbrell, KA3RLZ
Gil Hayes, WK1H
Selina Lovett, KC1SDL
Adrian Zeffert, AB2IX

CMARA History

Central Massachusetts
Amateur Radio Association

November 20, 2014



Section 1
This organization shall be known as The Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the “Association”.


Section 1
The object and purpose of this organization are to create and maintain friendly relationships among those persons interested in amateur radio, to promote and foster interest in and knowledge of amateur radio, to engage in public service activities involving amateur radio, to make contracts and to acquire, purchase, sell, erect, hold, improve, lease and maintain real and personal property as may be appropriate and necessary to carry out its object and purposes.


Section 1
The officers of the corporation shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Web Master and six Directors, all of whom shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Association to hold office for one (1) year and until their successors are elected.
  1. The election of all officers shall be by voice vote or written ballot at the annual meeting and by a majority vote of a quorum of the members in good standing.
  2. The September Association bulletin and/or meeting minutes and/or web page shall indicate that nominations will be made at the October and November general meeting, with elections to be held at the December general meeting.

    The December association bulletin and/or the November meeting minutes and/or web page shall contain a full ballot listing all nominees.

    Ballots may be delivered to the CMARA secretary prior to the elections, in person, by mail, or by proxy.

    All ballots mailed or delivered by proxy shall be in a sealed envelope with the voter’s name and the word ‘ballot’ written in large letters on the outside, or else the ballot shall be deemed unacceptable. On election night, the CMARA secretary shall check off all ballots against a current CMARA roster of paid-up members.
Section 2
The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and of the Board of Directors. He shall enforce all the rules, by-laws and regulations of the organization and shall have direct supervision of the various activities of the Association, including the appointment of all necessary committees.

Be it resolved that a Benevolent Committee be formed as a permanent committee in the Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc. The President of the Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc. shall be required to appoint a chairman to head this committee. The chairman will appoint assistants as required.

The purpose of this committee: To express the feelings of the membership body, in card or letter form, to members and their families during times of illness, personal misfortune or death. And to: arrange for other memorial offerings to the families of the deceased Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc. members.

Section 3
In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall assume all powers of the President and perform all duties of the President during such absence.
Section 4
The secretary shall conduct all official correspondence of the organization consigned to him by the President and have the care and custody of all records and documents of the corporation. The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the members of the organization and of the Board of Directors and shall perform such other duties as shall be assigned to him by the President or the Board of Directors.
Section 5
The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all the funds of the corporation and shall deposit same in such bank as may be designated by the Board of Directors within ten (10) days after receipt of said funds. The Treasurer, together with the President, shall sign all checks, drafts or orders for the payment of debts of the corporation and shall make all payments authorized or approved by the Board of Directors and shall keep all vouchers and receipts of all such payments. The Treasurer shall submit accurate reports of all financial transactions of the organization at each regular meeting or whenever called upon to do so by the President or Board of Directors, and he shall perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Section 6
The Board of Directors shall have the control and general supervision of all the affairs, business and activities of the corporation. They may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of their meetings and the management of the corporation as they deem best; not, however, inconsistent with these By-Laws or the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Section 7
Any officer may be removed from his office for reasonable cause by a two-thirds vote of the members in good standing, provided, however, that said officer has received notice of such action.


Section 1
Election to membership shall be by affirmative vote of at least five two-thirds vote o members in good standing present at a general meeting.
Section 2
A person professing a bona fide interest in amateur radio shall be eligible for membership.


Section 1
The annual meeting of the corporation will be held in December for the election of the officers and the Board of Directors for the fiscal year which begins on January 1 and ends on December 31.
Section 2
The regular meetings of the corporation will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month, with the exception of the months of July and August.
Section 3
Special meetings may be called at any time for attendance of all members. Such call may be made by the President or by written application of six (6) members in good standing.
  1. Notice of such special meeting, stating the purpose for which it is called, shall be sent to each member.
  2. No business shall be transacted at such special meetings other than that for which the meeting was called.
Section 4
Six (6) members in good standing shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all meetings of this corporation.
Section 5
None but members in good standing and guests shall attend the meetings of the corporation.
Section 6
Unless otherwise ordered, the order of business at all meetings of the members shall be as follows:
  1. Roll call of officers.
  2. Reading of the minutes of the previous meeting.
  3. Reports of officers and committees.
  4. Reading of the correspondence.
  5. Old business.
  6. New business.
  7. Report of financial accounts.
  8. Miscellaneous.


Section 1
The amount of membership dues for General Membership, Family Membership, and Senior Citizen Members shall be determined by the officers of the corporation upon the recommendation of the Treasurer. The dues shall be in such an amount as to Association the expenses of the club without incurring a deficit. Dues shall be paid on an annual calendar basis and are payable on January 1st of each year.
  1. Family membership is defined as family members living under the same roof.
  2. Senior Citizen membership is defined as members 65 years old or older.
Section 2
The initial dues payment for new members joining between January 1st and September 1st will cover the current year only.

The initial dues payment for new members joining between September 1st and December 31st will cover both the current year and the following year.

Section 3
Upon receiving reliable evidence that a member is unable to pay dues because of hardship, disability or other valid reason, the Board of Directors may, by unanimous vote of the Board members present at any regular Board meeting, excuse same member from paying dues for the current year.
Section 5
Any former member will be immediately reinstated to full membership privileges upon payment of current year dues.


Section 1
The By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present at any regular meeting, provided that such proposed amendments be submitted in writing signed by ten (10) members in good standing at a previous meeting.


Section 1
The Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc. will own, operate and maintain a 2-meter repeater on 146.37/146.97 MHz.
Section 2
The operation and maintenance of the repeater will be managed by four (4) Trustees.
Section 3
All Trustees must be CMARA members in good standing and reside in the area serviced by the repeater.
Section 4
The Trustees are appointed for four (4) year terms and any vacancies will be filled by a majority vote of the CMARA Board of Directors. Upon written petition by ten (10) or more CMARA members, a Trustee may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the association Board of Directors. The Trustees will designate one of their group as Chairman to run meetings, act as spokesman, etc., but the Chairman will have no more authority than the other members.
Section 5
Within the confines of Article VIII of the CMARA By-Laws, the Trustees have exclusive authority to make all decisions regarding the operation and maintenance of the repeater. However, the CMARA Board of Directors shall have the final approval over association funds to be spent on the repeater. Trustee decisions are to be made on a majority vote basis, and accurate records are to be maintained.
Section 6
The repeater will carry the CMARA call-sign.
Section 7
The primary purpose of the repeater is to facilitate emergency and public service communications in the area. General communications are otherwise allowed.
Section 8
The repeater shall forever remain “open” for use by anyone, and no attempt shall ever be made to make this a “closed” or “private” repeater for association members or any other group.
Section 9
The repeater will be operated strictly within the confines of all applicable Federal, State and Local regulations as interpreted by the Trustees. The Trustees shall appoint and maintain a cadre of control operators at their discretion.
Section 10
The equipment associated with and the functions available on this repeater shall never exceed the absolute minimum required for legal, reliable two-way voice communication.
Section 11
Financing for equipment and maintenance shall be the responsibility of CMARA from general funds and voluntary contributions from association members and other interested parties.
Section 12
A contribution or CMARA membership is never to be considered a prerequisite for use of the repeater, nor will same qualify anyone for any special authority or privileges.
Section 13
Repeater donations and contributions are to be kept in the CMARA general fund, but accounted for separately and disbursed by the Trustees for repeater use only.
Section 14
Should CMARA be dissolved, then the association Board of Directors at that time will determine the disposition of the repeater.