I studied basic and computer electronics at the Vancouver Community College and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
I worked in microwave and mobile data radio research and development. Also, for ten years I was a test design engineer for a major Hong Kong electronics manufacturer developing automated test equipment (ATE) for mass production. I was part of the team that developed the first 900 MHz cordless phone that soon became a whole new consumer electronics industry. I travelled to China many times to set up test systems in our factory. One of my responsibilities was to document the test systems for unskilled workers at the factory. This forced me to develop a style of writing that makes technical subjects easy for the layperson to understand.
Hobbies and Interests
Started sailing at the age of 13 in Sabot dinghies and now sail a Ted Brewer designed 37′ cutter, Manaia, on the coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. I earned my private pilot’s license at the age of 18 (my first bank loan was for an airplane). I have been an Amateur Radio operator since 1982. I currently hold the Canadian call sign VE7EPN and the maritime mobile call sign VE0HZ (Hotel Zulu). I hike, scuba dive, cycle and sail throughout western Canada.