John Headen Thompson, W1BIH

By | January 20, 2022

Inducted 2012

I hereby nominate John Headen Thompson to the YCCC Hall of Fame. John became a ham in his teens in the early 30’s, and was on top of his game as DXer and Contester for over 75 years. He was close to the top of the all-time DXCC honor roll and usually the last man standing at any DX Dinner countdowns. He was a top gun contester with numerous scores near or at the top of the list throughout his active years.

John is a good friend who I first met in the Connecticut Wireless Association. I was privileged to operate with him in Field Days and later from his station in Curacao. John took First Place more than once as PJ2/W1BIH and PJ9JT. He had his station in Curacao from 1971 to 2000, hosting many big name contesters and helping to put Curacao on the map, at least among DXers and contesters.

“A super CW Op…K1VV”
“As a kid growing up in CT, W1BIH was my hero…K1ZZ”
“One of my Contest heroes…W6PH”
“Always one of my heroes…W2RU”

The “T” in PJ2T honors John Thompson for all his accomplishments from Curacao before he retired from there at 90 years of age, and sold his place to the “Signal Hill” contest group. John is a member of FOC, QCWA, the CQ Contest Hall of Fame (number 14) and a Lifetime member of YCCC. John is certainly worthy of being the first nominee to the YCCC Hall of Fame.

Jack Schuster, W1WEF

Category: HOF