2021 SSRA Election Information
Please see the process below, in addition to Bio's offered to the SSRA membership for your consideration.

The Spout Springs Repeater Association is pleased to announce that we will be having an election for 2021.  COVID has disrupted many plans in 2020, including canceling our summer business meeting and normal voting process. Due to these disruptions, we will be holding an election using email voting from Sunday 1/3/2021 (at the conclusion of the Business Net) through 18:00 PST Friday 1/08/2021.  Please review the information below about each position’s duties on the SSRA Board. Although the current Administrative Board has offered to continue serving, all three elected positions below are available yearly for those desiring to serve their SSRA. I encourage you to consider running for a position as it is the members that drive this organization and where new ideas and excitement come from, for the Association’s benefit.

President: The President shall preside over at all meetings of the Board and of the membership, and conduct the same according to the rules adopted. He shall enforce due observance of this Constitution and By-Laws, and decide all questions of order. Sign all official documents that are adopted by the association and none other. Perform all other duties in decision making pertaining to the office of the President.

Vice President: The Vice-President shall assume all the duties of the President in his/her absence. Support of the President of the Association in the handling of duties assigned.

Secretary/Treasurer: The Secretary shall notify members of the expiration of their membership, who are thirty (30) days overdue on their membership. Notification may be made by electronic mail and it is the responsibility of the member to inform the SSRA of any email address change. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association, and to have the same in possession at every meeting. The Secretary shall cause all amendments, changes and additions to be noted thereon, and shall permit the same to be consulted by members upon request. The Secretary shall attend all the meetings as diligently as they are able.

 Technical Director: The Technical Director shall be appointed by the President and will be responsible for the maintenance of the Spout Springs repeater system. This person shall request aid from members of all area if needed. Expenses incurred must be approved unanimously by the Board of Directors.

Regional Directors: These positions are appointed and serve at the request of the current year’s board.  These positions are NOT up for election but here is the position description: Each director shall keep themselves informed as to conditions and activities in their area, and to the needs and desires of the members in their respective states. This in order that they might intelligently represent the true interests of such members in their state. Directors should be in good standing in the SSRA and in their local arena of amateur radio operators. Directors shall provide information on air by way of the nightly nets and business meetings, on activities and events that might interest other operators outside their area. An earnest effort should be made to the knowledge of the health and welfare of members of the SSRA and other amateur radio operators in their state. Directors shall attend all the meetings as diligently as they are able.

Please consider nominating yourself or a person you believe appropriate for the position. Please confirm with them their desire to serve if elected to the Board.  You MUST be a current Association member in good standing to run and hold an elected seat on the Board for 2021. 

We invite your nominations via email to: elections@WF7S.net or nominate someone at the business meeting on January 3rd at 6:30 PM.  After the business meeting, nominations will be closed and an official ballot with the complete slate of officers will be sent via e-mail to all association members for voting with a deadline of return by 18:00 PST on Friday January 8th.                              

Please feel free to reach out to the SSRA with ANY questions you might have about this process. Your Board is always available to you by utilizing the “Contact Us” link at www.SSRA.net, or by using the email address elections@WF7S.net

Thank you for taking time to consider offering your own talents to the SSRA by serving as an officer with us!

Candidate(s) for President:

Stephen Hutchings WM7X

I have been an Amateur Radio Operator since 1996. I have served the SSRA in the past as a VP, and as President for the last several years. I have also served as the Associations Technical Director for the last 4 years, relying on the many technical resources of many in the Ham radio community. I have hosted and organized the SSRA’s Filed day events beginning in 2016. Field Day has gathered many in the hobby, and has grown yearly since the SSRA began hosting the event. With the help of many past officers, we have grown the association into a large and quite active group. The SSRA was only an Oregon repeater, although 90% of the users were in the Tri-Cities. I was able to oversee the installation of a Tri-Cities repeater providing the much needed coverage for the majority of users. Following soon was the integration of internet, paving the way for Wires-X, Echolink and IRLP modes.
I am still available to serve the SSRA in the capacity as President, however I still encourage those with the drive to continue the momentum that the SSRA has and “keep the wind in her sails’!

McKenzie Houck KI7LZO

Hi everyone my name is McKenzie. I am a mom of 2 and married to my best friend. I have been involved with ham radio for about 11 years but only lisenced for almost 5 years  I have been involved with the SSRA for about 10 years.  I am always up for learning new things and working hands on to learn what I can!

 

Candidate(s) for Vice President:

Richard Bogert KI7OOM

I have had a long interest in amateur radio although I have only been an amateur radio operator for about 3 ½ years. I currently hold an Extra Class license. That doesn’t mean I am a whiz at all things ham. I am an amateur and a student.

For the last year, I have been the SSRA Vice President. During that time the SSRA has gone to a 7 night per week social net. The Tri-Cities Repeater was moved to Pasco to provide better coverage and a better link to the Spout Springs repeater. The antennas at both locations were upgraded. The web site was improved. The membership has grown and Association revenues have improved. I cannot say that I am responsible for all of that but I was a part of it.

During the last year I have also been the President of the Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club. Some may see that as a conflict of interest but I have never seen the two organizations as being in competition with each other. The groups are different but the goals are the same. Both groups mentor new ham radio operators, build friendships among radio amateurs and provide public service communications.

Because the Covid-19 pandemic imposed an isolation on all of us, I headed up the formation of a Saturday, coffee and donuts social net to take the place of our once a month, Saturday donut get together.  That Saturday morning net was well received. The Saturday morning social net was expanded to every week and later other morning nets were added until there are now morning nets 5 days a week.  The morning social net has now been moved from the SSRA repeater to the W7AZ repeater.

I think the SSRA under the leadership of Stephen WM7X has done a good job in including any licensed ham in special events such as Field Day, Salmon Run and others but this year has been especially tough in that regard because of restrictions on public gatherings and just common sense. That has made our networking even more important.

Because the Boy Scout office is not currently available for our use due to Covid restrictions, I have hosted VE testing at my company in Pasco.

I have been active as a net control operator, hosting the Wednesday night social net and 2-3 morning nets per week.  You may have heard KI7OOM on the air.

Rob Skiba W2RY

My name is Rob Skiba and I am from Pasco WA.  I have been an Amateur radio operator for over 22 years, originally licensed in Omaha Nebraska.   My involvement with Amateur radio was originally intended to be used for remote control model flying. As remote control radios advanced with the usage of unlicensed 2.4GHz systems, my 6 meter radios went by the wayside.

Like many folks, Covid-19 isolation had me looking for something to do with lots of spare time. I had been flying high power rockets for many years and thought it would be a great use of my Tech license to get some new HTs for field communications during recovery and gathering in-flight telemetry.  When I learned that the FCC no longer required learning Code to get licenses with HF privileges, I was “in”! 

I tested for my General and Extra Class licenses this past summer. Since passing those exams, I have been active with SSB contesting, Field Day & Salmon Run Contests with the SSRA and other individual contests on a monthly basis. I am an ARRL VE and am the Coordinating VE for W5YI in our area. I put together a Remote VE testing team this Fall and partnered with the SSRA to promote and run On-Line FCC Testing. I have assisted with SSRA Repeater maintenance and am an Association Lifetime Member.

If elected to the SSRA Board, some areas I would like to promote would be:

1) Winter Field – the Association has not been directly involved in past years. Wouldn’t be huge but a great opportunity for new Hams in our Association.

2) HAM Cram Weekends – online weekend study sessions to get new folks licensed in a single weekend.

3) APRS Balloon Flight – promoting the Amateur radio hobby, science and education with Amateur radio and the SSRA.

4) Fox-Hunting Events – local and city/region challenges including Walla Walla and Lewiston radio clubs.

5) Summer Field Day with an antenna building class.

These are just a few ideas I have to grow the Association. I enjoy Amateur radio and would like to bring my excitement and ability to promote the hobby to the Spout Springs Repeater Association’s Board. I would appreciate your vote for Vice President on Jan 8th.

McKenzie Houck KI7LZO

Hi everyone my name is McKenzie. I am a mom of 2 and married to my best friend. I have been involved with ham radio for about 11 years but only lisenced for almost 5 years  I have been involved with the SSRA for about 10 years.  I am always up for learning new things and working hands on to learn what I can!

 

Candidate(s) for Secretary:

Suzan Bogert KJ7OED

Bio Pending

Ryan Roberts KE7MAI

First licensed in 2007. I have been a general class ham radio operator since 2010. Over the course of my ham radio career I have had the opportunity to try out many different things ham radio has to offer although there are still so many more aspects of the hobby I have yet to explore. When I am asked about the ham radio hobby I always respond “you’re only limited by your imagination”. Those are also the words I apply to all other aspects of my life. if given the opportunity to serve on the board of the SSRA I will do my best to be receptive to the members and collaborate with the the board members in a way that will ensure a long prosperous future for the spout springs repeaters association. Thank you for your consideration.

Ken Ince KC7KEN

Bio Pending

Candidate(s) for Treasurer:

Suzan Bogert KJ7OED

Bio Pending

Ryan Roberts KE7MAI

First licensed in 2007. I have been a general class ham radio operator since 2010. Over the course of my ham radio career I have had the opportunity to try out many different things ham radio has to offer although there are still so many more aspects of the hobby I have yet to explore. When I am asked about the ham radio hobby I always respond “you’re only limited by your imagination”. Those are also the words I apply to all other aspects of my life. if given the opportunity to serve on the board of the SSRA I will do my best to be receptive to the members and collaborate with the the board members in a way that will ensure a long prosperous future for the spout springs repeaters association. Thank you for your consideration.

Myria Ince N7CCR

My name is Myria Ince. I am an amateur radio operator of 20 years. In my twenties I was the proud owner of a cb radio store in the Tri-Cities. In addition, I have been a manager in the customer service industry. The duties of treasurer not only include financial responsibility, it’s also customer service. Our members need to feel valued for their contribution to the hobby of amateur radio. If elected to the position, I will do my best to make sure each and every member and perspective member feels that they are an equal part of this association.