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Massillon,  Ohio  44648

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Next regular club meeting will be on:

 October 5, 2018


Final Hamfest Preparations


Grace Fellowship Church, 6282 Nave St SW, Canton, OH 44706

Doors open at 7:00 PM, Meeting starts at 7:30 PM.

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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

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:

Sep 7 - No Net
Sep 14 - KE8EHG
Sep 21 - WD8MIU 
Sep 28 - KD8UXK


The Massillon MRN Net convenes every Sunday, evening on 3600 Khz (+or- QRN) at 8:00 PM. 

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



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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 2018  Stark County VE Exam Schedule is  available.

The next testing session is on Sunday, October 28th at the Massillon ARC Hamfest. Doors open for registration at 8:00 AM.

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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....

Welcome To Amateur Radio ! 

Skywarn Fall Training Announcement   

(Sep 22, 2018) - - The Cleveland National Weather Service has decided to restructure their annual Skywarn Spotter training programs into both a fall and next spring schedule.

Here in Stark County our local training will take place on Wednesday, October 24th, located in the main amphitheater at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. Registration will take place at 6:30 PM with training to follow.

This fall training is sponsored once again in conjunction with the Stark County Emergency Management Agency and the Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Parking will be free in the main hospital parking lot and the public is invited to take this free training. Along with the normal training agenda, this years will also cover the types of severe weather that can occur during winter time.

No advanced registration is required. Contact Terry Russ, N8ATZ - Emergency Coordinator for the Stark Co ARES with any questions. Terry can be reached at (330) 837-3091 or by email to

Massillon Annual Hamfest   

(Sep 22, 2018)   The Massillon Amateur Radio Club will once again sponsor our annual Hamfest and Auction on Sunday, October 28th at the Massillon Boy's and Girls club located at 730 Duncan Street SW, Massillon, OH 44646. Setup at 6:00 AM, doors open at 8:00 AM. Admission is still only $5.00.

Table rental only $14.00 each. Free electric available on a limited basis. VE Testing available beginning at 8:00 AM for registration.


Contact Terry Russ, N8ATZ for information or table reservations. Phone (330) 837 - 3091 or email to

ARRL Field Day Time !   

Field Day Pin (2018)  (July 6, 2018) - -  Field Day 2018 is now a fond memory. The weather cooperated well for the most part. We got a little "damp" during set-up but it passed and then it got a little windy and cooler. Although the clouds threatened, the rain stayed away through the rest of Field Day weekend.  Sunday was a great day !

With no RF interference to the church electronics, it looks like we may have a found an ideal spot to hold Field Day again next year !. Of course we will need a majority yes vote to make that happen. The evening meal was - can I say delicious and plenty of it. If you went away hungry, then there was something wrong. Big thanks goes to the kitchen committee (YL's and the XYL's) for a job well done !

We will have the early results ready for the meeting and final score finished in time for next month's Feedback and printed in the newsletter and our website.

The Set-Up Crew hard at work !

Does anybody remember where the wires connect ?

Jim, WA8GXM on the six meter radio.

Dan, N8DZM opens the contest at 2:00 PM.

The CW Station gets ready.

Our CW Station with Igor, K8INN at the key !

Our Public Information Table.

ARRL International Grid Chase Kicks Off With The New Year !   

   (Dec 27, 2017) - - Warm up the ham shack! The ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 is nearly here! The Grid Chase gets under way on January 1 UTC (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). The objective of the year-long event is to work stations on any band (except 60 meters) in as many different Maidenhead grid squares as possible, and then upload your log data to ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW).

Each new grid square contact confirmed through LoTW will count toward your monthly total.

Many hams are familiar with grid squares from the VHF/UHF and satellite realms, and everyone lives in one. An online calculator by David Levine, K2DSL, can determine your grid square. Enter a postal address, ZIP code, or a call sign, and the calculator will return the grid square for that location.

Any contact you make in 2018 can count for your Chase score; as long as the other operators participate in LoTW, you’ll get credit automatically when they upload their logs. This means that your contest contacts will count, as will contacts with special event stations, or other on-air activity that uses LoTW to confirm contacts. Except for 60 meters, there are no restrictions on modes or bands, as long as they are legal. Satellite contacts are valid for the Chase too. The event is open to all radio amateurs.

Complete details of the ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 appeared in the December 2017 issue of QST. For more information, contact the ARRL Contest Branch.

Massillon Holiday Parade   

  (REVISED Dec 3)  - -  Due to heavy rains, the Holiday Parade has been rescheduled and will now be on Wednesday, November 29th.

Staging is expected to take place at 5:30 PM with parade kickoff at 6:00 PM.  We still need our volunteers !

Thanks to the following volunteers for helping out this year !

Jim-WA8GXM,  Terry-N8ATZ, Steve-KD8ACF, Dan-N8DZM, Robin-N8EBS, Bob-N8KXO, Vern-KE8VS, Igor-K8INN, Perry-W8AU, Wade-WD8MIU, Russ-N8PII, Mike-KB8OTK, Don-W8DEA, and Mike-KE8EHG.

Our last scheduled public service event of the year is of course the annual Massillon Holiday Parade. This year’s parade is on Saturday, November 18th and we normally need about 20 volunteers to assist with parade staging, Cable TV, logistical support and general communications for the 80 plus units that generally make up this annual Massillon holiday tradition. The club has been a part of this parade for over 43 years making it one of the longest public service events handled by the club.

As in previous years we expect to have the club’s EComm Trailer as one of the parade units to remind area residents of our continued support of our community. Club member Perry Ballinger, W8AU is communications coordinator for the parade again this year and is looking for volunteers to joins us on parade day. A sign up sheet will be passed out at the November meeting. Please consider volunteering to help with this event. It’s a great way to get in the holiday spirit by welcoming Santa Claus to town. Don’t forget we normally get together after the parade at one of our local restaurant’s for a late breakfast or early lunch.

If you don’t make the club meeting contact Perry directly at (330) 832–8612 or by email to We will gather downtown around 8:30 AM to decorate the trailer and begin assembling parade units. Communications will take place on 2 meters either simplex or the club’s 147.18 or our 442.85 UHF Repeater. Don’t forget your handheld set to the proper PL Tone and come on downtown to enjoy a great holiday parade !

MARC Visits Touch-A-Truck   

 (June 18, 2018) - -  On Saturday, June 17th the club participated in the Annual Touch-A-Truck Day at Buhler's Market parking lot in Jackson Township. This event allows children of all ages the opportunity to experience first hand cars and trucks of all kinds. Everything from Police and Fire vehicles to a helicopter and many more were on display.

The club had our EComm Trailer on site with our mast extended and equipment on display and operating to demonstrate our hobby to the public. Perry, W8AU also brought his military jeep to show. Lots of children toured our trailer and the Jeep many having their picture taken operating our main station. Eleven club members assisted with this event.

It was a great time and we received many comments about our equipment and how we serve as a backup communications service to public safety forces and our community. Many thanks to the several club members who helped out or stopped by to have a look including Terry - N8ATZ, Perry - W8AU, Wade - WD8MIU, Jim - WA8GXM, Wade - W8DEA, Chris - KD8TNF, Ted - K8TWA, Mike - KB8OTK, Mike - KE8EHG, Don - W8DEF, Tony - KD8UXK and Ralph - K8HSQ. Also thanks to Jim for some great aerial drone shots.

Jim acts a tour guide for our many visitors !

Our Drone shot, that's our mast on the right !

We even had a shady spot to handle the very hot day !

MARC Participates in Memorial Day Parade   

   (May 28, 2017) - - The MARC will participate in this years Memorial Day Parade in Massillon on Monday, May 29th. The club EComm Trailer will be decorated in full colors with flags denoting all branches of our armed services and will be part of the parade starting at 9:30 AM Monday morning.

Club members are encouraged to attend the ceremonies to recognize our members who have served in the military and to reflect on the true meaning of this important holiday.

W8AU  ready to join the parade units !

EComm One Shows Off the Colors !

Ohio Section Manager Visits Club   

   (Mar 4, 2017) - -  A special thanks to Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY for the great program at our March meeting. Lots of interesting news going on here in the Ohio Section and a nice review of what to expect from the League at this years Dayton Hamvention.

Thanks for the fine program Scott at our annual ARRL night !

A full house for our annual ARRL program night !

Perry Twp PD Honors WB8HHP   

 (Feb 11, 2017) - -   We would like to take this opportunity to introduce and honor Officer Timothy J. France. Officer France has been serving the community of Perry Township for the last 35 years and will be retiring from our department February 9, 2017.

Officer France obtained his bachelors degree from Kent State University in 1979 and continued his education by completing the Lawrence Township Police Academy in 1980. He began his career as an Auxiliary Officer for Lawrence Township and Jackson Township. Officer France started as a full-time police officer with the Perry Township Police Department on June 2, 1981 and was one of the original nine full-time police officers when the department first began operations.

During Officer France's career he was a Road Patrol Officer, Detective, Union Representative and Evidence Officer. Officer France has had many highlights in his career and has helped tremendously with multiple large projects within the police department. Officer France was one of several employees to assist in the creation and implementation of the “Special Response Unit,” as well as the radio/communication system and the organization of the evidence room by applying advanced professional standards. Officer France not only has great attendance for his regular shifts but in times of significant and critical investigations he responds to calls for service at all times of the day or night with no questions asked.

The Board of Trustees will be honoring Officer France at the Board meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Perry Township Administration Office- 3111 Hilton St. NW, Massillon, Ohio 44646. As always the public is welcome to attend. It has been a privilege to work with Officer France. His kindness and sense of humor will be greatly missed! We wish you the best of luck, Timmy!

Retiring Officer and Lifetime MARC Club Member Tim France, WB8HHP (R).

Congratulations Tim on a fine career of public service to our community !

New Repeater Antenna Installed !  

   (Oct 12, 2016) - - On Saturday, October 8th members of the MARC Technical Committee completed the final phase of the 147.18 Mhz upgrade project. With the help of Marty Baker, N8XPK and Committee lead Jim - WA8GXM along with helpers Terry - N8ATZ, Mike - KB8OTK, and Vern - KE8VS, the new commercial 4 bay antenna was replaced along with a new section of feedline to the Tower Site. We noted that when the old antenna was lowered to ground level it was clear that the antenna had been damaged by lightning multiple times certainly affecting it's performance.

This completes a nearly year long upgrade process that included the installation of the new Yaesu Fusion Repeater, a GE Power Amp, and a newly refurbished duplexer and many other minor upgrades in our effort to eliminate intermittent repeater noise and poor performance to our main two meter repeater.

During this time we also upgraded our UHF System on 442.85 Mhz with a new Yaesu Fusion repeater, new feedline and in September a new commercial grade 2 bay antenna.

Over the next few months, we will be closely monitoring the main club repeater performance to make sure we have cured several problems and will once again have a great sounding solid repeater system for our membership. Our thanks to Marty and the repeater committee for completing this project before winter weather arrived.

A few pictures are posted below from the antenna project...

The Ground Crew prepares the hard line

The feedline is ready to be hoisted up the tower

Marty, N8XPK makes his way to the top of the tower

Marty's assistant working his way to the top

The new antenna ready to hoist up the tower

The new antenna set at approx 200 feet atop the tower

The existing repeater antenna removal

This is tough and dangerous work nearly 200 feet in
the air with a 15 to 20 mph wind !

The new antenna as seen from a drone at the top of the
tower. Thanks to WA8GXM for the pix !

A job well done by everyone and Thanks !

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 !


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

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:

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.

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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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 ?
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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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