[HamWAN PSDR] Board Director Elections

Doug Kingston dpk at randomnotes.org
Mon Mar 26 12:34:43 PDT 2018

Why am I not a voting member.  I have donated 240 dollars for 2 years in a
row and seen to it that Google matched that.  I make one-time contributions
rather then monthly deposits.


On Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 12:05 PM, Nigel Vander Houwen <nigel at nigelvh.com>

> Hello Everyone,
> It’s been a year since our current board members were elected, so it’s
> time for new elections.
> As a quick recap for folks that haven’t been around, or need a reminder:
>    - Board member positions last for one year.
>    - Any supporting member is eligible to vote for board members.
>    - Any supporting member is eligible to run for a position on the board.
>    - There is no limit on the number of board members, so if you want to
>    run and participate, you’re not taking a spot away from anyone else.
>       - There is a minimum number of 3 board members.
>    - Supporting members are those who have contributed at the Basic level
>    ($20/mo) (or more) for the last 6 months.
>    - Voting is open for 7 days.
>    - Each board member is a separate “election”, IE you don’t have to
>    choose one person to vote for, you choose Yay or Nay for all individuals.
>    - Please respond to the list with your votes, the list serves as our
>    public record.
> Here’s our current list of supporting members (the folks who are eligible
> to vote on directors, or run for director themselves):
>    - Terence Chan
>    - Clifton Gurlen
>    - Nigel Vander Houwen
>    - Jim Hudspeth
>    - Cory Johnson
>    - Kenneth Koster
>    - Bart Kus
>    - Randy Neals
>    - Kenny Richards
>    - Robert Salsgiver
>    - Mark Sheppard
>    - Mike Shirley
>    - Lynn Speed
>    - Ryan Turner
>    - David Yost
> I’d also like to thank the following folks for their contributions, but
> have not yet met the minimum requirements to be an official “Supporting
> Member” according to our constitution:
>    - Bob Edmiston
>    - Carl Leon
> I’d like to thank all of the above folks for supporting HamWAN and our
> ability to purchase gear to expand the network and provide services to
> users. We’ve been very fortunate in our ability to keep overhead low, so we
> can put as much as possible into things that directly improve the network.
> We’ve seen a lot of great progress over the past year, not to mention a
> number of new users on the network, including a lot of interest from the
> local ACS folks. Here’s a small sampling of some of the things accomplished
> over the past year.
>    - The new cell site at Beacon was brought online, and has enabled a
>    number of users to connect.
>    - Our “Open Peering Policy” project saw new users, as well as a
>    feature improvement to allow dynamic IPs
>    - The new site at Baw Faw was brought online.
>    - The Haystack site saw significant restructuring of the power system
>    to avoid the outages we had last winter. It’s been working great this
>    winter!
>    - Baldi has been improved with a large battery bank to keep it running
>    during outages.
>    - Our sister networks all over have seen great progress, Spokane,
>    Tampa Bay, Interior BC and more.
>    - Capitol Park saw the addition of a bit of battery backup capacity,
>    and some better optimized antenna aim on one of the backhaul links.
> We’ve also seen some damage over the winter, that we’re working to repair.
>    - Gold has been intermittent due to what we suspect is a faulty PDU.
>    We have a new PDU, and some batteries to give the site some backup power
>    ready. I expect the trip up will be happening soon.
>    - Sector 3 on Haystack which covers a lot of the populated areas died
>    this winter. We’ve got a replacement on standby for when the snow clears
>    enough for us to get up there to replace it.
>    - Our sponsorship with a local datacenter provider at Tukwila ended
>    this year. It was a nice setup where we could announce to the internet at
>    large, and had RF links that provided extra redundancy to Baldi and East
>    Tiger. We thank them for their donated services over the last three years,
>    and we’ll be working to find replacements soon to add back that redundancy.
> All of these things and more have been the results of massive efforts of a
> whole lot of people this year. Thanks to every one of you for making this
> happen. Whether your contribution was in time onsite tightening bolts, or
> with a few dollars that helps us buy new modems and dishes, it’s all been
> valued. Thank you.
> So, to the final point. It’s time to vote again on the board directors.
> For the past year Bart Kus, Cory Johnson, Ryan Turner, and myself have
> acted as the board for HamWAN. I have appreciated their work over the past
> year, and if they choose, I hope to continue doing so this year.
> Cory Johnson - Cory has graciously handled HamWAN’s financial and legal
> filings and reports. I’m incredibly grateful for his efforts. Thank you
> Cory!
> Bart Kus - Bart continues to put enormous effort into the physical aspects
> of the network, acquiring new sites, installing and maintaining them, as
> well as some software projects, as well as acting as an administrator for
> the Puget Sound network day to day. Thank you Bart!
> Ryan Turner - Ryan heads our sister network in Memphis. Thank you Ryan!
> Nigel Vander Houwen - (me) I handle much of our contract work, and record
> keeping around technical aspects like LoAs, I serve as a day to day network
> administrator, and have helped deploy and maintain some of the on-network
> services, occasionally I manage to make a site visit to help out, and I
> handle things like the email you’re reading now.
> For anyone who wishes to run for the board, please send an email to the
> mailing list announcing your intention to run (You’ll see mine momentarily
> as an example). The voting period on your election will end 7 days after
> your announcement. Duties are not time intensive, and mostly consist of
> being available for occasional calls to approve expenses, and assisting
> HamWAN in whichever ways your time and/or skills/knowledge allow.
> Thank you all for reading this rather long email, and I hope to work with
> you all here in this next year.
> Nigel Vander Houwen
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