SSRA Volunteer Examiner Team

Meet your Volunteer Examiner Team! We're looking forward to assisting you with your New license, or Upgrading your current license!

Stephen Hutchings WM7X

Kennewick Washington


I served as an officer in the Spout Springs Repeater Association. In September of 2021 I took on the duties of a Contact Volunteer Examiner, administering testing the SSRA offers. Mentoring, teaching, testing and finally talking to newly licensed hams is rewarding! I have been licensed 26 years, and enjoy every aspect of amateur radio. I hope to meet you on the air waves someday! This hobby is a blast, so if you are not having fun, your doing it wrong!

Rob Skiba W2RY

Pasco Washington


I began the W5YI Online testing program for our local area, and have been pleased to associate my team with the Spout Springs Repeater Association. I have seen the massive increase of test candidates from all over the USA. I have been licensed for 23 years, and enjoy the hobby. I find offering online testing to be rewarding and fulfilling. I hope to meet you on the airwaves someday soon, after your online test with the Spout Springs Repeater Association’s team.

Alexander Archer N7SM

Pasco Washington


Hello! I’m Alex, N7SM. I’ve been licensed since 2003, and enjoy portable operation as well as SOTA and POTA. I’m working on getting back into CW. I enjoy building and tinkering with kits and learning everything I can about amateur radio. For my day job I’m a pilot with a major US airline. Hope to hear you on the air some time!

Ryan Roberts KE7MAI

Ravensdale Washington


I have been an SSRA member for several years and also serve the Association as an Officer and Net Controller. You will never regret getting into this hobby, as there are many things to keep your interest. Keep studying and learn all you can!

Davena Burton  KT7JE

Walla Walla Washington


From Walla Walla I am able to assist in remote exams for the SSRA. I am also ARRL accreditted and enjoy serving both VEC’s in administering exams. I am blessed to have a husband and 3 sons also licensed! We are a big HAM family! Keep studying and learn all you can!

Lester Sousley K7FTQ

Kennewick Washington


First licensed in 2005 as a Technician.  Upgraded to General in 2016 and Extra in 2020.  Enjoy making contacts around the world beginning with JT-65 and now FT-8.  Grateful to share my love of the hobby with others and especially grateful for the opportunity to give back by serving as a VE in the W5YI group.

Michael Masterson WT9V

Plano Texas


I am from Texas, and assist with many VE Teams across the country, including the SSRA! I am grateful to share my passion for the hobby with others and especially grateful for the opportunity to give back by serving as a VE in the W5YI group.

Tom Thomas W7TCT

Richland Washington


I finally got my license in 2017 after wanting one for 40 years and I enjoy 2m on the SSRA repeater, FT-8 on HF, and DMR as well. I’m also an ARRL VE working in-person testing. The W5YI and ExamTools online test process and being a VE with the SSRA team has been fantastic. It is amazing how we can use online testing and, just a few days later, callsigns are assigned! 73

Mike Pippins AG7VD

Pasco Washington


I really enjoy my time with the SSRA and this testing team. I am a radio technician and learn more about this hobby daily. I hope to be in your test session and get to witness your first license, or be there when you upgrade to a higher class of license with more privileges.

Lynn Wilson K7LW

Athena Oregon


Since first receiving my Novice license as a young High School student, Ham Radio has been a guiding light in many of my life’s career choices both civilian and military. I spent nearly 45 years combined working in various flavors of technical and engineering support for both the Federal Government, the Military, and working in Aerospace while in the private sector. I’ve traveled a good portion of both the world and this great country of ours primarily for the various positions which I’ve held over the years. Along the way I have been privileged to have met some truly amazing people in my travels. I have sought out advanced education aiming ever higher for that next rung on the ladder of life. I have tackled the various challenges of my professional life in the many complex systems I have been privy to work with, while passing my own lessons learned on to those just beginning the climb on their life’s ladder. But I still continue to enjoy the simple things of my personal life such as a relaxing ride on my Harley down a quiet back road, or a tall cold glass of ice tea while relaxing on my deck on a warm summer’s day. Now days being retired I have more time to explore and learn about this wonderful hobby of Ham Radio by building repeaters, exploring new technologies in communications, teaching others, and meeting more amazing folks on the airways. It’s been an absolutely incredible ride which I deeply cherish. I wish you well on your own wonderful journey my friend, for I’m still enjoying mine.

Jason Fouts W7JSN

Union Oregon


I enjoy this hobby and I am confident that you will too! I am able to serve as a VE locally, and remotely with the SSRA test team. I also have taught Ham Cram presentations, assisting others in getting their licenses too. See you soon at your exam!

Tom Houck KD7CDC

Kennewick Washington


I have been with the SSRA for many years and am now able to give back to the Association and the hobby as a Volunteer Examiner! I enjoy my privileges on the bands and am particularily interested in the digital modes. Hey, maybe we will get to communicate with eachother someday using Slow Scan TV, FT-8, or RTTY?

Matthew Conlan KN8X

Santa FE, New Mexico


From New Mexico, I enjoy assisting in the Spout Springs Associations On-Line testing. The internet allows me to tap into your exam session, and assist your with your licensing. I passed my own exams with this test team and have now joined their ranks, volunteering my skills to the team and paying back to the hobby.

Dan Durflinger KD7KJJ

Kennewick Washington



Jeff Stidham AL1Q

Walla Walla Washington



Timber Burton N7DJE

College Place Washington



Mark Hunn KI7SI

Richland Washington


Mark was operating in the field as Net Control for the Three Rivers Emergency net (Mondays at 1800 on the W7AZ repeater 146.64 MHz with a 100 Hz tone) and is their net manager. Email him at if you would like to participate!

Tyson Brooks W7BL

La Grande Oregon