Palmetto Amateur Linking System Network Association


Constitution and By-laws





We, the undersigned, wishing to secure for ourselves the pleasures and benefits of an association of persons commonly interested in Amateur Radio, constitute ourselves the

Palmetto Amateur Linking System Network (PALSNET) Association and enact this constitution as our governing law. Said Association is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue   Code.  It shall be our purpose to establish the technical standards for the proper linking of Amateur Radio repeaters, establish and maintain a system of linked repeaters in South Carolina, and to support the emergency communications needs of ARES, RACES, Homeland Security and Skywarn with these repeaters.  Additionally we wish to further the exchange of information and cooperation between members, to promote radio knowledge, fraternalism and individual operating efficiency, and to so conduct activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio in our communities.


Membership:  Article I


All licensed Radio Amateurs and persons interested in Amateur Radio communications* shall be eligible for membership. Membership shall be by application and election upon such terms as the association shall provide in its By-Laws.


* ie – radio communications between amateur stations solely with a personal or emergency  aim and without pecuniary interest.


Officers:   Article II


Sec. 1. The officers of this association shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.


Sec. 2. The officers of this association shall be elected for a term of one year by

ballot of the members present provided there be a quorum, at the annual meeting.


Sec. 3. Vacancies occurring between elections must be filled by special elections at the first regular meeting following the withdrawal or resignation.


Sec. 4. Officers may be removed by a three-fourths vote of the membership.


Duties of Officers: Article III


Sec. 1. The President shall preside at all meetings, and conduct them according to the rules adopted. He/she shall enforce due observance of this Constitution and By-laws; decide all questions of order, sign all official documents adopted by the association, and perform all other duties pertaining to the office of President.


Sec. 2. The Vice-President shall assume all the duties of the President in his/her absence. In addition, he/she shall organize association activities, plan and recommend contests for operating benefits, and advance association interest and activity as approved by the association.


He/she shall maintain close liaison with the ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator to further association of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, RACES and Skywarn.


Sec. 3. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings, keep a roll of members, submit membership applications, carry on all correspondence, read communications at each meeting, and mail written meeting notices to each member. E-mail is an acceptable means of notification.  At the expiration of his/her term he/she shall turn over all items belonging to the association to his/her successor.


Sec. 4. The Treasurer shall receive and receipt for all monies paid to the association; keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended; pay no bills without proper authorization (by the association or its officers constituting a business committee). At the end of each quarter he/she shall submit an itemized statement of disbursements and receipts. At the end of his/her term he/she shall turn over everything in his/her possession belonging to the association to his/her successor.


Meetings: Article IV


The By-Laws shall provide for regular and special meetings. At meetings, the membership present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.  Members who cannot be present may make their wishes known by notifying the Secretary prior to the meeting.  E-mail is an acceptable means of notification.


Dues: Article V


The association shall have no specific dues, but may ask that each of the users of the linked repeater system contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the system.  The actual amount of each individual’s contribution shall be left to the individual.


Membership Assistance: Article VI


The association, through designated Linking, Public Relations, and Operating Committees will provide technical advice to repeater owners wishing to join the PALSNET with information concerning equipment design and operation to assist in frequency observance, clean signals, uniform practice, and absence of spurious radiation's from the member-stations. The association shall also maintain a program to foster and guide public relations.


Amendments: Article VII


This constitution or By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the total membership. Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting and shall be voted on at the next following regular meeting, provided all members have been noticed by mail of the intent to amend the constitution and/or By-Laws at said meeting.

Robert's Rules shall govern proceedings.


Association Activities: Article VIII


No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the organization shall not participate or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.


Not withstanding any other provisions of this document. the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on

(a)        by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c ) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future federal code or

(b)        by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.


Dissolution : Article IX   


Upon the dissolution of the organization assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c ) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. or shall be distributed to the federal government or to a state or local government for a public purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principle office of the organization is then located exclusively for such purposes or to such organizations as said court shall determine which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.




1. Secretary. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the constitution and By-Laws of the association and have the same with him/her at every meeting. He/she shall note all amendments, changes and additions on the constitution and shall permit it to be consulted by members upon request.


2. Membership. Full membership is open to all licensed amateurs. Associate membership is open to those actively engaged in a class leading to an Amateur Radio license and all other interested persons. Full membership includes all association privileges as well as rights to hold a association office and to vote for association officers. Associate membership includes all association privileges except for the right to hold office and vote for association officers. Applications for membership shall be submitted at regular meetings or through the association Secretary between regular meetings.


3. Meetings. The annual Regular meeting shall be held concurrent with the annual PALSNET picnic.  Special meetings may be called by the President upon the request of any five association members. Notices shall be sent to members concerning special meetings and the business to be transacted. Only such business as designated shall be transacted. Such notices shall be sent so that they arrive not less than 24 hours before the meeting.  E-mail is an acceptable means of notification.


4. Dues. Each user of the PALSNET is asked to contribute in accordance with the provisions of Article V of the constitution for the purpose of providing funds for expenses of operation, maintenance and expansion of the linked repeater system. No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers or other private persons except the association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in the furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause.


5. Linking committee. This committee shall consist of five members (appointed by the association President). The committee shall establish standards for the proper linking of the repeaters that will be used by the system.  This committee will aid all new repeater owners in properly linking to the system.


6. Ownership of the repeaters that are part of the system.  The ownership of the repeaters used in the PALSNET will remain with the individual repeater owners.  The PALSNET Association agrees to help repair and maintain these repeaters in exchange for their use.  At any time an individual repeater owner may withdraw from the system, but will be required to return any and all equipments that the association provided for the specific purpose of linking to the system.

Signed this 20th day of February, 2005.



Amateur Radio Callsign

 Abb Brown President


 John George Vice-President


 James E. Hill Treasurer


 William J. Rivers Secretary


 Fletcher Townsend


 Finn B. Cullom


 Suzanne M. Cullom


 Jim Murray



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