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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX009 (2017)

ARLX009 Past QCWA General Manager, Former ARRL Staffer Jim LaPorta,

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Special Bulletin 9  ARLX009
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 26, 2017
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX009 Past QCWA General Manager, Former ARRL Staffer Jim LaPorta,

James "Jim" LaPorta, N1CC, of Frankston, Texas, died on September
20. He was 76. He was an ARRL and Quarter Century Wireless
Association (QCWA) Life Member. LaPorta served as QCWA General
Manager from March until December 2012.

First licensed in 1956 as KN6SXX, LaPorta joined the US Army after
high school and then went to work for the Army as a civilian in 1968
in Texas. While in Texas, he served a president of the Dallas
Amateur Radio Club (1970-1972) and was a member of the Richardson
Wireless Klub. He also presented ham radio classes, and one of his
students was Jim Haynie, W5JBP (SK), who later served as ARRL

Attending college full time in the evenings, LaPorta formed the
Amateur Radio Society at the University of Texas at Dallas. He
graduated in 1977, while working for the US Veterans Administration
as its campus representative.

In 1978 and 1979, LaPorta served on the ARRL Headquarters staff.
Later he was the Training Supervisor for Product Information at
General DataComm for 3 years, before starting a 17-year-long career
with Motorola. After retirement, he was an independent insurance

LaPorta's first love was DX contesting, and during his active
contest years as K6SXX, WA0ISO, DL4LA, W5QGZ, and W5LA his stations
often performed admirably, even at the QRP level. He was the
Single-Operator, Unlimited mixed-mode QRP winner of the 2016 IARU HF
Championship, and was in the Top 10 Single-Operator list (QRP) list
for the 2016 ARRL November Sweepstakes (phone).

LaPorta also was very active during the ARRL Centennial QSO Party
event in 2014, with one of the higher scores submitted.

Survivors include his wife Linda, NE5LL.