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:
- ARRL Life Member
- ARRL Foundation Diamond Club
- ARRL Maxim Society
- A-1 Operator Club
- Society of Midwest Contesters
- The CW Operators Club
- Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club
My other interests are running, golf, travel and snowmobiling.