The SSRA was incorporated in 1982. Prior to that The Tri-State Repeater Association owned the repeater. There was conflict and disagreement between the local area Radio Amateurs and Tri-State. The locals decided they wanted out of Tri-State and negotiated to buy out Tri-State’s interest in the Spout Springs repeater.
Three area hams took the initiative and with great foresight set out to incorporate an organization to be named “The Spout Springs Repeater Association”. Those three hams were Maurice and Lois Rogers (KA7EJS and KA7BBE) and Larry Campbell WA7V (SK). Incorporation nearly assures the continued operation of the repeater by providing through membership dues necessary funds to maintain and operate the repeater. These three hams wrote the articles of incorporation and the constitution that are still is use today.
The SSRA was incorporated in the State of Washington because it was more economical.
Funds to buy out the Tri-State group were obtained by appealing to area hams for donations. The approximately $1000 was obtained and the locals had their own repeater. Pictures 1985 below left "work party"at the shack, right installing new antenna on the tower. Another tower section was added later to height of 100 ft.