November 30, 2011
Best wishes for safe holiday season, a happy new year, and good DX. -mhb
Welcome to my website! I have been a licensed radio amateur since 1984, shortly before my thirteenth birthday. My father (K8HLB, ex WB8LPN, KB8PZ) was very active in those days, and I used to sit in the shack with him and listen as he banged out CW at what seemed like an impossibly fast speed.
Thus, my fascination with radio was born. I got my Novice class license (on the second try) and was rewarded with my very own QSL cards. You couldn't tear me away from the shack after that! I quickly earned my General and Advanced class tickets in 1985 and 1986, respectively.
In 2000, I earned my Extra class license with 20WPM code. To prepare for the written test, I wrote a little web based application that generated written practice exams. These were designed to closely simulate the real thing. I've spent the last several years refining and improving the online practice tests, and they are pretty much the only reason for this site.
I am a life member of the ARRL and a certified ARRL VEC Volunteer Examiner.