Norman  (Tommy)  Thompson  AH6E  (SK)



A little Back Ground
(HAM license dates are approximate)


1922    Graduate Ninth Grade, Country School, Rolling Prairie Township
1926    In College, Valley City, ND
1927    College, Valley City, ND
1928    College, Valley City, ND
1929    Teaching in Hawaii, Sept. 1928 to 1930
1930    Same
1932    Masters Degree UND
1932    Teaching Chemistry and Physics, Central HS, Grand Forks
1933    Same
1934    Same      (First License W9WUW)
1935    Teaching Physics and Radio
1936    Teaching Inglewood, Cal.
1937    Same
1938    Back to Hawaii  Chemistry and Physics  Kauai H.S.      (K6PLZ)
1939    Same
1940    Teaching Chemistry, Physics & Radio  Kauai HS
1941    Teaching Honolulu Vocational School      (K6TTB)
1942    SAME
1943    Teaching Pre RADAR Minneapolis, Minn
1944    Joined FAA (CAA then) fall of 1943
1946    (KH6GF)
1949    Athens Greece      (SVWI & SVWY)
1950    Left Athens July , Assigned FAA Headquarters, Wash DC
1951    Returned to Hawaii  Head of Navigational Aids       (KH6GF)
1953    FAA Maintenance Branch Chief
1956    1 year Airways Division Chief - Former Chief on foreign assignment
1957    Back to Branch Chief
1958    Maintenance Div Chief
1964    Maintenance & Engineering combined  - was Airways Director Chief
1972    Retired July 31
1979            (AH6E)
1980    Certificate of Merit from Navy for disaster assistance following hurricane
            which struck Majuro,   Marshall Islands.




From Norman’s Application for a California Teaching Position
8-19-43
Daley City, CA



After Dec. 7th and while at Honolulu Vocational School I directed (in my classes)
the construction of about 10,000 watts in new transmitting equipment and repaired about the
same amount for the Department Signal Office at Ft. Shafter, Honolulu.
We also built  260 line amplifiers for the coast artillery.  I was net control station for
six months in the Army Amateur Radio System after Pearl Harbor.


I hold a Class “A” Amateur License (K6PLZ) and also have my Commercial Radio Telephone
1st Class and my Commercial Radio Telegraph 2nd Class operators license.


While an instructor in the Signal Corps School in Minneapolis, Minn. I instructed
Junior Repairman Trainees (Radio Maintenance) for six months and then I was given
the task organizing the Communications division where I completed the year as full
time instructor and had additional time assigned for supervising the communications
program.  (These programs are being terminated or are terminated.)


Click Below the Pictures to get a large Version


(Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii)
(Cocoa Nut Grove his home QTH )


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(First Beam Antenna installed in Hawaii)

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His Years at Kauai High School

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His Years at Kauai High School

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Vocational School Days

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You Will Be Missed, Norm

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Tribute by Jim Swedberg  (Son in Law)
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