I was first Licensed in 1967 at age 14 years old. My license upgrades were in the FCC Chicago office by exam in 1967 and 1971 and I currently hold an Amateur Radio Extra Class license with 20 wpm code test.

I have been chasing DX since my years at Bradley University and have achieved Honor Roll, 9BDXCC, 5BWAZ and DXCC Challenge. I am an active contester on CW, SSB and RTTY. Top Band, Magic Band and 2M EME are also interests.

I have been happily married for almost 30 years to Ilean and we have a daughter Cara..  I own Thompson Electronics Company, an electronics systems business in central Illinois for over 30 years.

Personal memberships include:

W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet and the W4DXCC are two favorite stops. I look forward to the 2013 International DX Convention Convention and the Dayton Hamvention.

My other interests are running, golf, travel and snowmobiling.