Several weeks ago I received a call from Bob Beaudet, W1YRC, who said, “I just learned that the 2010 NEQP W1 SO QRP plaque that my other club, Blackstone Valley ARC sponsors was won by John Lindholm, W1XX. Of course, I’m especially pleased to hear this news. BVARC will continue to support NEQP by providing the Single Op QRP plaque.” We talked about the possibility of Bob attending the April meeting of CTRI CG to make the presentation but, as luck would have it, the plaque did not arrive in time.
Failing in that opportunity to share our delight at John’s victory Bob and I arranged a lunch meeting with John, W1XX, and our president, John Spigel, W1AN, to present the plaque. John was surprised and, I believe, pleased at this expression of our admiration for his exceptional contesting ability. In addition to consistently scoring at or near the top of all major contests, John exemplifies the spirit in WA1RR.ORG’s tagline as he is a real gentleman contester.
After the lunch I asked Bob for his thoughts at making this presentation to John. “What can you say about John, W1XX??? He’s the operator that most others hope to become some day if they try really hard and learn everything that is available about contests, VHF, antennas, writing and a dozen other things. When he and our division director, Tom Frenaye, K1KI, worked at ARRL, John was Tom’s boss. How many people do you know personally who have written material for the ARRL Operating Manual? It is a humbling experience indeed to give John this plaque. CTRI should be very proud that John is a member.”
Well, you’re right Bob, we are all proud of him.