W4NZJ - July 28, 1998

Judson F. 'Jud' Whatley
Snellville, GA

ARLX006 Judson F. 'Jud' Whatley, W4NZJ, SK

Special Bulletin 6 ARLX006
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT July 31, 1998
To all radio amateurs

ARLX006 Judson F. 'Jud' Whatley, W4NZJ, SK

Jud Whatley, W4NZJ, of Snellville, Georgia, died July 28. He was 53. Licensed since 1958, Whatley was an ARRL member and a very active amateur in the Georgia section. He served as an ARRL Affiliated Club Coordinator and often spoke at various club gatherings.

Georgia Section Manager Sandy Donahue, W4RU, said Whatley will be sorely missed and hard to replace. 'Jud was a backbone of my cabinet. I will miss him greatly,' Donahue said. 'He fought tirelessly and successfully the attempt of Gwinnett County to impose severe tower restrictions on the cellular industry without exempting ham towers.' Whatley was past president of Chapter 49, Peach State chapter of QCWA and a candidate for the QCWA Board of Directors at the time of his death. He was a active member of his local club, the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS), the largest club in Georgia, and involved in SciTrek, a local science museum for children and youth. He's also credited with starting the Southeastern 6-meter Net.

Services will be August 2, 11:30 AM, at Wages Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Snellville, Georgia. Interment will be at 2 PM at the VA National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia.

Jud is a life member of QCWA, holds an extra class license, belongs to 7 clubs(GA & NC), is the GA ARRL ACC, is a VE and has been appointed to several QCWA working committees. Most of his radio activity in on SSB, CW and AM (160 - 6 meters).

His wife of 32 years, Mary, WB4ALU. Jud graduated from UGA, is a veteran and served our veterans in the VA and retired as Personnel Director after 27 years. He is very active in community and civic affairs.