The Massillon Amateur Radio Club

W8NP

PO Box 73
Massillon,  Ohio  44648


Serving Our Community Since 1927


 

 

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Next regular club meeting will be on:

 October 7, 2016

Meeting begins at 8:00 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Program:

None scheduled, hamfest prep meeting

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Net Information


The West Stark Information Net convenes every Friday evening on the club's 147.18 repeater beginning at 8:00 PM. There is no net on club meeting night.

This is a general information net and  accepts all check-ins from the community. Current Net Manager is Tony Casebolt, KD8UXK. Contact him at kd8uxk@yahoo.com.

Net Managers are currently looking for stations to assist with net control duties. All training will be provided. 

Net Control Operators for September are as follows:

Sept 9  -  KD8UXK
Sept 16 - WC8W
Sept 23 - WD8MIU
Sept 30 - N8COM

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The Massillon MRN Net convenes every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings on 3600 Khz (+or- QRN) at 7:30 PM. 

This net is designed to provide code practice to all participants regardless of skill level. 


 

 

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It shall be our purpose to further amateur radio by serving the public; to promote technical knowledge, fraternalism, and individual operating proficiency; and to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the community.


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The ARRL New Public Service Handbook

Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook

 Amateur Radio has consistently been the most reliable means of communications when other systems have failed. Hams work closely with disaster relief agency officials from FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other response organizations to offer wireless communications aid. From wildfires and earthquakes to marathons and road races, when getting the message through is critical, ham radio works.

The Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook is for all hams that volunteer their time and skill to serve their communities. It provides knowledge needed for communicating quickly and effectively during disasters, emergencies, and community events, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the Amateur Radio Service and its unique role in supporting the public.

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Stark Co VEC Exam Schedule


The 2016  Stark County VE Exam Schedule is posted below.

The next test session will be held on Sunday, October 23rd. Registration begins at 8:00 AM. This test session will be held at the Annual Massillon Hamfest. 

Go to our VEC Page for complete details.

 

 

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What is the MARC ?

Since 1927, the Massillon Amateur Radio Club has been a diverse radio hobbyist club that is currently over 80 members strong. Active within our community as well as an ARRL Special Service Club, we are actively involved in many facets of Amateur Radio, including Public Service, Membership, Field Day, Repeaters, Amateur Television (ATV), Skywarn plus many other interests. Learn More....


This Is Amateur Radio  !   


MARC Hamfest Information  

   (Sept 17, 2016) - - The Massillon Amateur Radio Club will once again sponsor our 56th Annual Hamfest and Auction on Sunday, October 23rd at the Massillon Boy's & Girls Club located at 730 Duncan Street SW, Massillon, OH 44646 from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Setup for vendors is at 6:00 AM. Doors open to the public at 8:00 AM. General admission is still only $5.00. Under 12 free. Admission ticket good for all main and door prizes. Extra prize tickets available for $1.00 ea or 6 for $5.00. Additional information available on our Hamfest Page.

Tables are available for $14.00 per eight foot table. Electric is generally available at all tables, you supply an extension cord.

VE Testing available on-site, registration begins at 8:00 AM. Testing at 9:00 AM.

QSL Card checking will also be available at the hamfest !

Click Here for the Hamfest Flyer...

Click Here for directions....

Click Here to see table layout and what tables are taken.

Contact Terry Russ, N8ATZ at (330) 837 - 3091 or by email to truss@sssnet.com  for table reservations and general information.


National Preparedness Month  

<p>The logo for National Preparedness Month 2016 with space to customize for regions/states logos.</p> (Sept 5, 2016) - - September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” will be returning for this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Thank you for taking time help make America more prepared for emergencies.

Amateur Radio operators participate in numerous drills and events throughout the year and are always prepared to respond to any local or regional emergency. The Stark Co ARES maintains a core of trained operators ready to assist our community when needed. We are also a support communications service for the county Emergency Management Agency as well as our county hospitals and local public safety departments.

WE'RE READY ! Are you ? Click Here to see way's you and your family can get prepared. Make your emergency plan today.


Swiss Festival Fund Raiser   

  (Sept 5, 2016) - - The MARC is still looking for volunteers to assist with this years Sugarcreek Swiss Festival fund raiser. The Festival is Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Our job is to assist with visitor parking over the two day event in several parking lots. The club earns a small portion of the parking proceeds and can be a great boost to our club treasury during a well attended festival.

Last years event was cancelled on Saturday due to heavy rain. We signed up a number of volunteers at Friday's club meeting but we still need additional help for Saturday night from about 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

Please consider volunteering some time to help us out with this event. Hours are flexible, let us know when you are available. This is an easy event and if a great club participation exercise.

Vice-President Terry Russ, N8ATZ is taking volunteers and can be reached by email to truss@sssnet.com  or by phone at (330) 837-3091.

Thanks for your help !


New Hamvention Site Announced !  

(Aug 01, 2016) - - Hamvention® has a new home ! Days after Hara Arena announced it will close it's doors, an announcement from Green County officials revealed that Hamvention will be held at the Green County Fairgrounds next year.

The event for ham-radio enthusiasts generated about $21 million last year and drew a crowd of more than 27,000 for Mongomery County. Hamvention General Chairman Ron Cramer indicated that we believe this new venue will be a spectacular place to hold our beloved event. Rest assured we will have the event on the same weekend and, since it will be in the region, current accommodations and outside events already planned for Hamvention 2017 should not be affected.


Field Day Scores Submitted  

(Aug 5, 2016) - - Gary Kline, WC8W has posted our 2016 Field Day submitted score in this months newsletter and in spite of the several problems we had this year, we did pretty well. Band conditions were not very good causing problems for everyone this year.

We also did experience some equipment issues and we could have used more operators on both stations, problems we have had in the past but overall I believe we had a great club outing at our new site and look forward to next years Field Day exercise. The submitted scores are listed below....

CW QSO's

80 meters   -   23
40 meters   -   71
20 meters   -   23

PHONE QSO's

80 meters   -   16
40 meters   -   84
20 meters   -   85
6  meters   -   13
2  meters   -   1

Our grant total score including Bonus points was 1,666. Not as good as last year but still a great time !


Field Day Recap  

  (Jul 3, 2016) - - A special thank you to all those club members who took part in our annual ARRL Field Day exercise. The check in log showed over 50 members and guests participating in this years event. Although the weather was a bit warm it remained dry all weekend. All stations were in operation throughout the weekend. Band conditions were not ideal for us but the goal of the exercise was not to break contact records but to demonstrate our ability to setup and operate for 24 hours simulating and emergency condition.

Another important part of our event was exposing our hobby in action for our new members and the public. Many of our newly licensed members took an active role in the event learning what the event was all about and learned important new skills to assist them in setting up their own stations and enjoyment of out great hobby. Thanks to club Secretary Fred, KD8SMO and his great work gaining publicity for the event in local media, several members of the public stopped by to understand our hobby and the contributions we make to our community.

Many thanks are necessary for those who participated over the weekend especially our setup and tear down crews. Another success was our always great Field Day Dinner and thanks to member Shirley for another outstanding job fixing a great dinner meal including those who also provided extra side dishes and desserts for us.

Another successful club activity thanks to the many members who assisted again this year !


In Pursuit of Field Day
by Perry, W8AU
 

 (May 30, 2016) - -   In view of the effort of the last 8 months to work with the new director of Parks and Recreation for approval of use of one of the city’s best parks (for our use), here is a summary of events. 

1.  Obvious need for a new site for FD since Petros Park no longer has usable green space and last year’s setup on blacktop required elimination of guy wires and a lower tower height and no 800’ longwire. Also the ARRL suggested rule regarding a 3 year concurrent use limit on any given site in keeping with the spirit of emergency preparedness. 

2.  Survey of parks for suitability and selection of best.  In late fall of 2015 Shriver Park on the city’s southeast side was visited by the following FD folks at various times.  Igor-K8INN,  Jim- WA8GXM, Terry – N8ATZ, Dan- N8DZM, Don- W8DEA, and myself.  In view of the wide expanse of open space plus pavilion and rest rooms, and the high elevation and clear horizon to the west, it was agreed this was the best choice.   

3.  Request for approval from newly hired Parks and Rec Director from Medina.  Her first response was that in 15 years of experience she had never heard of such a use and didn’t think it appropriate.  (Medina has no hams?)   So began the information campaign to help the new director understand the what and why of Field Day by submitting a few pages of pictures and information about this national event plus our longstanding civic involvement in local emergencies when called on.   

4.  Early this spring a reservation was made for Shriver Park to ensure our possible use of it for the dates June 25/26.  Our request from last fall was revisited with the Director issuing a Q & A list of 9 parts dealing with: 1.Layout;  2. Location of vehicles;  3. Noise levels from start to finish; 4. Traffic (visitors);  5. Parking;  6. Requests other than pavilion & restrooms;  7. Clean up;   8. Safety;  9. Detailed description, advertising and purpose.

We answered all questions positively and also added a Police report of all events occurring in vicinity of Shriver Park from Jan1 – May 1, 2016.  This report showed very little activity and nothing criminal. Unfortunately this report took about three weeks to accumulate since they had no experience doing that after Capt Joe Herrick had left.  (who did that regularly) This was the reason it was not available for the last meeting, which would have alleviated the unnecessary fear that was expressed.  Despite the club vote this process had to run it’s course so we would not have to repeat it in the future.

5.  Parks Director established our request to be considered at the monthly meeting of the Parks and Rec Board of Directors, Thursday, May 12. I produced 6 identical packets of information, photos, Google map layout, and answers to the Directors Q&A to be given out to each Board member and her Superintendent, Steve Pedro.  Unfortunately these packets were not given to the board until the last agenda item addressed by the Board, which was our request.  It appeared earlier, due to our “dotting all I’s and crossing all T’s” that we would have approval.  But a strange thing occurred.  A new board member, saying he lived in the park vicinity, and having heard in advance about our request, and not knowing anything about us, immediately said he was against it!  This caught all by surprise and although there was talk of compromise, he prevailed.  It was then that Wampler Park was approved for our event, if we should accept it. 

6.  Wampler (Main St west) was surveyed and found to be possible if one of our stations could use one corner of one of the ballfields.  After reaching the Sports Director (who schedules ballpark use) we discovered that both ballfields were in use during our weekend.  End of feasibility review! 

While it seems we will be forced to use Petros despite all its negatives and limitations to our operations, (and bugs) there is still time for further suggestions.  After all, isn’t our motto,

“Have trailer, will travel?”  ;-)
 

March Program Details UPDATED !  

  (Feb 21, 2016) - - Our scheduled March program was to have been presented by club member Don Wade, W8DEA on his recent FEMA assignment. Due to scheduling difficulties, this program will have to be postponed until later this year.

Fear not however, we have a very nice backup program that we will have for you at the March meeting. Several months back an interesting article appeared in either QST or CQ Magazine that covered how well the new series of handhelds performed up against the current big three manufacturer's (Icom, Yaesu and Kenwood). The results were a bit of a surprise as many of the current crop of very low priced HT's did not fair well during compliance testing. How about yours ?

Club President Ralph Bugg, K8HSQ will bring along his portable spectrum analyzer to the meeting and will be happy to run a simple test on your HT to see how clean your output signal is. It is simple and quick to test. Just make sure you bring your HT and it's antenna. I know we all have at least one handheld, I have one for every day of the week !

So make sure you bring it along to the meeting and let us put it to the test !

......THE RESULTS OF THE TESTING......

Our fill-in program on HT Purity testing yielded some very interesting results as we expected it to. The two pictures below show the results of testing on two common manufacturers of current HT's.  One was the new infusion of a China made model BAOFENG - UV-5RA and the current Yeasu FT2D Digital HT. Several HT types were tested along with a few commercial models.

Have a look and make up your own mind !

 

This shot is from the Yeasu FT2D. The tall vertical trace on the left shows a nice signal with only a few spurious emissions shown by shorter vertical lines to the right.

 

This shot is from the China made Baofeng UV-5RA. While the signals are similar you can easily see multiple spurious emissions on the right. A slightly "dirty" radio signal.

In all, about 15 handhelds were tested with various results. Not scientific but it would appear that you do indeed get what you pay for !


February Program on NPOTA  

  (Feb 6, 2016) - - The February club program was given by our Affiliated Club Coordinator John Meyer, KD8MQ who gave us a great introduction to this years major ARRL operating event, National Parks On The Air.

John's powerpoint presentation gave us the full details of this nationwide operating event that promises to be very exciting and give plenty of fun operating for everyone. This event will help the NPS celebrate their 100th Anniversary.

Hams from across the country will activate NPS units, and promote the National Parks Service and showcase Amateur Radio to the public. The club may even explore the possibility of operating from one of the nearby NPS units.

John had a great presentation at the meeting


Steve Hall, KD8ACF Merit Award  

   (Feb 6, 2016) -  - In recognition of his continuing service to the club in many areas throughout 2015 and before, member Steve Hall, KD8ACF was presented a Special Recognition Award at the February meeting. A special thanks to Steve for his dedication to the club year after year !

 

 

Steve Hall, KD8ACF (R) receives his Special Recognition Award


Club Repeater Updates  

 (Nov 9, 2015) - - The club Technical Committee recently completed a few repairs and upgrades to several of our repeaters that now effect their general operation.

The Affinity Medical Center 442.85 repeater system has had an upgrade with new hardline and a replacement Diamond antenna. In addition, the Johnson Repeater was retuned and the receiver pre-amp was reinstalled.

This work was done to facilitate it's use during the upcoming Massillon Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov 21st. The system is now back to it's full operating capacity and running very well.  The PL tone to operate this repeater is 131.8 Hz. This system was primarily designed to enhance our Skywarn operations with the hospital with a coverage pattern designed to cover the general downtown area.

Our newest Yaesu System Fusion 442.85 repeater will remain on the air to support digital operations. It's PL access tone has been changed to 110.9 Hz. This should allow both systems to easily co-exist with minimal interference. You can easily tell which repeater you are on as the system at Affinity Hospital is using our original CAT Controller which has a reset tone.

Feel free to use either system you like, both are fully operational !


In Memoriam to our dear friend and member Ed Clinger, WA8DRT  

(Jul 5, 2015) - -  At age 86, Ed passed away on Tuesday June 23, 2015. Born in Harpster, Ohio the son of the late Clifford and Orel (Swihart) Clinger, he had been a resident of East Sparta and the Canton area since 1940. Ed was a 1947 graduate of East Sparta High School. He retired from Ashland Oil Refinery in 1989 after 36 years of service where he was an area supervisor. He was a member of the Ashland Oil Retirees Club, Otterbein United Methodist Church—Navarre, The Canton Amateur Radio Club and the Massillon Amateur Radio Club and Quarter Century Wireless Association Chapter # 21; Ed’s Call sign was WA8DRT, Ed’s humorous phonetics were “ Whiskey Delta 8 Dirty Rotten Tomato” Ed was also a member of Caldwell Lodge #330, F.A.& M. in Bolivar, A.A.S.R. Valley of Canton, the Mercy Medical Center Ostomy Club, Wilderness Center Nature Photo Club and he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Proceeded in death by his son, Jay Clinger. Survived by his wife, Doris Clinger; two daughters and sons-in—law Jamie Sue and Steve Voican, of Massillon, and Robyn and Roy Adkins of Lake Butler, Fla.: two sons and daughters –in-law Stanton and Lois Clinger of Broomfield, Colo, and Stephen and /Karen Clinger of Boalsburg, Pa; one sister, Lois Armington, of Willoughby, Ohio; and ten grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

As per Ed’s wishes he was cremated. A memorial will be held at a later date at the Otterbein United Methodist Church– Navarre. Service information will appear in the Repository and on the Funeral Home website closer to the Service date. Instead of sending flowers, contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to the Otterbein Methodist Church –Navarre, 6025 Shepler Church Ave SW, Navarre, Ohio 44662 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 , Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. The Finefrock—Gordon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at: www.gordonfuneralhomes.com

Our Most Sincere Condolences to the Family of Ed Clinger. 73’s good friend we wily surely miss you!

Our dear friend and member Ed, WA8DRT (R)


April Meeting - ARRL Night  

    (Apr 4, 2015) - - Our April meeting was our annual ARRL Night as our Special Guest was Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY. Also attending was our Affiliated Club Coordinator John Myers, KD8MQ. Scott's annual visit included current happenings within the Ohio Section and the renewed importance of public service and active club participation in our community.

His visit also included a presentation of our active renewal for our ARRL Special Club Status. This elite ARRL status recognizes a affiliated club that goes above and beyond for their community and for Amateur Radio is what defines a Special Service Club. They are leaders in their Amateur Radio community who provide active training classes, publicity programs, and actively pursue technical projects and operating activities.

Thanks to the clubs strong belief in our hobby and our community, we have been a Special Service Club for the last ten years.

 

Affiliated Club Coordinator John Myers, KD8MQ (L) presents President Ralph, K8HSQ with our renewed Special Service Club Certificate.


March Mentoring Class  

   (UPDATED) (Mar 7, 2015) - - -  Continuing on the current theme of kit building and fox hunting, the March Mentoring Class covered the construction of a Tape Measure Beam for Fox Hunting.

The class was held at the Massillon Senior Center on Saturday, March 7th.  This months Mentor was Dan Anastas, N8DZM our resident Fox Hunter. A kit of parts needed to construct the Tape Measure Beam was provided for $13.00.

Dan coached the builders on the construction of the beam antenna providing some theory on its design and operation.

This will continue in our April Mentoring Class which will be on learning how to Fox Hunt and will give you a chance to use both your Attenuator and Tape Measure Beam. This class will be held on Saturday, April 11th also at the Massillon Senior Center. Additional details will follow. Our thanks to club member John, N8CD for the great pictures !.

Mentor Dan, N8DZM oversees our beam builders

Wade, WD8MIU put the final touches on his new DF beam

Dan (R) checks the final DF Beam for Thomas, KC8ZEH

Another successful Mentoring Session !


February Mentoring Class Info  

   (UPDATE) (Feb 7, 2015) - -  Our February Mentoring Program was conducted on Saturday, Feb 7tg at the Senior Center. This training was conducted by John Wagner, N8CD and was part of a series on Direction Finding. This part was on the construction of a Variable Offset (Active) Attenuator built from a kit.

John began with the basics of soldering, a skill all radio operators should have. This included proper safety techniques, the theory of how an attenuator works and testing out the kit when completed.

Approximately 10 club members took part in this session including builders and mentors. John's program included an excellent powerpoint presentation following step by step help and guidance in building the K0OV kit from Marvin West, KE6HTS. The kit included a great looking case from the famous Altoids Mint Tin.

Everyone had a fun time during this mentoring session and learned a lot. We especially want to thank John, N8CD for the time he spent preparing this training session including the individual help he and his mentors provided the members. Everyone's kit went together fine and all worked !

Our March and April Mentoring Sessions will continue this theme as we build the famous Tape-Measure Beam used for DX'ing and some actual field training during April.

John has made available the powerpoint presentation for those who missed the training. You can view it by clicking the following link.    http://bit.ly/marc-kit

Some pictures of the event are posted below...

 

The members enjoyed a great presentation

 

The build station with lots of help provided !


Proper Station Grounding Class  

    (Jan 18, 2015) - - The clubs first Mentoring Program was held on Saturday, Jan 17th with about 20 members and guests in attendance. The class was held at the Massillon Senior Center.

This months Mentor was James Andrews, KD8VT and the class covered proper station grounding for your shack. The training included a very informative powerpoint presentation and lecture from James. The attendees learned the basics of station grounding including lightning protection for your equipment and tower installations. James also included some show & tell on various types of coax and hard line usage.

The club provided coffee and donuts for the morning. Thanks also to James XYL who brought an assortment of cookie's and cupcakes.

The presentation was excellent and well received by everyone. James also will provide a copy of the powerpoint that will be posted to the club's website for those who couldn't attend.

Our first Mentoring Class was well received by the attendee's


A Bit of Repeater History !

  The clubs 147.18 Repeater is the high profile wide area coverage repeater in Western Stark county and has been for quite some time. But it wasn't always so, in fact at one time it was not even a repeater at all !  Learn about the colorful history of the repeater thanks to an early issue of the clubs newsletter that I recently found.

 Click here to read the full story.


What is the MARC ?

Since 1927, the Massillon Amateur Radio Club has been a diverse radio hobbyist club that is currently over 80 members strong. Active within our community as well as an ARRL Special Service Club, we are actively involved in many facets of Amateur Radio, including Public Service, Membership, Field Day, Repeaters, Amateur Television (ATV), Skywarn plus many other interests. 

You are welcome to join us at our monthly club meetings held on the first Friday of each month at 8:00 PM at the Massillon Senior Citizens Center, located at 39 Lincoln Way West, Massillon, Ohio 44647. We usually monitor the club's 147.18 repeater, give us a call and we'll guide you in !

MARC owns and operates repeaters in the 2 meter and 70 centimeter bands. Our annual Hamfest is held at the Massillon Boy's & Girls Club in Massillon. We have a large indoor hamfest area, as well as ample outdoor parking. The prizes are some of the best you'll find at any area hamfest and the bargains are many.As a club member, not only will you have access to the autopatches on our 2m and 70 cm repeaters, but you will also receive a monthly subscription to our newsletter, Feedback. In each issue you will find published, the minutes of the previous month's meeting, informative articles, and interesting narratives by our club members.

  The club owns an emergency response communications trailer that is stocked with radio equipment and back up batteries, as well as a generator. With little notice, MARC can have an emergency station on the air, ready to provide any help we can. Our club station, located at the Senior Center, contains an HF station, VHF and UHF gear, and a computer system. The station is open to any club member, during the hours that the center is open. The club also sponsors quarterly VE Exams quarterly at the Emergency Operations Center located at the Stark County Sheriff's office and during our annual Hamfest. Please check the link for times and specific dates.

 

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Just exactly when do I have to ID my station ?
 
Q & A on Station Identification.
 
Q.  Do I have to give my call sign at the beginning of a contact ?
 
A.  You only have to ID at the end of the QSO and at least once every 10 minutes during it's course as per Article 97.119(a). There is no requirement to transmit your call at the beginning of a contact but it is customary when calling another station to give your call as part of the exchange so the other station knows who is calling him !
 
Q.  How often do I have to give the call sign of the station I'm talking to ?
 
A.  You are not legally required to mention the other amateur's call at all per Article 97.119(a). The only exception is when handling traffic with foreign stations - you must then give the other station's call sign at the end of an exchange of third party traffic per Article 97.115(c).  

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ARRL News from the Ohio Section is now available by clicking on the above logo. 

News items currently included are the current copy of the Ohio Section Journal, and general section news from Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY.

 

  FOX Hunt News


The MARC sponsors  FOX Hunts to increase technical knowledge in this area and most of all to have fun !. 

We keep the rules simple.

The Fox shall be within Massillon City limits and on public property.

The Massillon Senior Center will be used as starting point.

The first person to find the fox gets to hide it the following month.

Use any equipment you have to find the fox.

Any and all are welcome to join the fun and enjoy the hunt !

The Search for the Elusive Fox !

 
 
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