September 22, 2017

From QCWA Headquarters

QCWA Bulletin 2017-009 - Past QCWA General Manager James (Jim) LaPorta, N1CC - Silent Key

It is with sadness we report the passing of QCWA Member # 16841, James (Jim) LaPorta, N1CC of Frankston, TX on September 20, 2017 at the age of 76.

LaPorta served the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. as general manager from March 26, 2012 to December 31, 2012.

He was first licensed in 1956 as KN6SXX, and following high school joined the US Army, then went to work for the Army as a civilian in 1968 in Mesquite, Texas.

While in the Dallas area he was president of the Dallas Amateur Radio Club, 1970-1972, a member of the Richardson Wireless Klub, as well provided ham radio classes at Buckner Baptist Children's Center where one of his students was ARRL past president, Jim Haynie, W5JBP (Silent Key).

LaPorta moved to Connecticut in 1977 to serve as a staff member at ARRL Headquarters. He left ARRL's employ to seek a job in Telecommunications and moved to Western Connecticut where he was the Training Supervisor for Product Information at General DataComm for three years, before being hired by Motorola (Codex) starting a 17-year career with Motorola.

LaPorta's first love was DX contesting, and during his active contest years as K6SXX, WA0ISO, DL4LA, W5QGZ, and W5LA his station made several hundred thousand QSOs. He was quite active in contesting, often running QRP, and was the Single-Operator Unlimited mixed-mode QRP winner of the 2016 IARU HF Championship and in the Top 10 Single-Operator list (QRP) in the 2016 ARRL November Sweepstakes (phone).

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

His is survived by his Linda NE5LL.

Ken Oelke, VE6AFO
President, Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc.