Program:  DXpedition in Grand Style (or how to have mucho fun while on the Island of Saint Lucia!)

Presented by:
Jim Stafford, W4QO

Our Speaker for the July meeting is Jim Stafford, W4QO. "Quaker Oats" has one of the most impressive résumés you will ever see in this hobby. He was the 2010 Dayton Hamvention Amateur of the Year, with 50 years of service to Amateur Radio, support for public service, and unending efforts to recruit and develop hams of all ages. Jim got his Novice ticket (KN9MAF) at age 16. After graduating Purdue University and MIT with a degree in electrical engineering, he started his career at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. He progressed through a number of positions at AT&T, Southern Bell, and Bellsouth. He retired after 30 years in 1994 in Atlanta.

Early on, Jim reached out to young people to get them interested in the sciences and Amateur Radio. Based on his work with youth and adults teaching Amateur Radio, he was named the 1992 ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year.

An avid QRPer, he joined the QRP Amateur Radio Club International executive board in 1995, serving as Vice President in 1999, President in 2000-2002 and chairman of the popular Four Days In May event in 2005. He is a long-time member of the North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NFARL), becoming President in the fall of 2006. Today, that club has more than 300 members, weekly activities for all ages, and is an ARRL Special Service Club.

Jim presently serves as NFARL's youth/school liaison. He is a member of the Southeastern DX Club (SEDXC), the South East Contest Club (SECC), the Atlanta Radio Club (ARC), NFARL, and the Metro Atlanta Telephone Pioneer Amateur Radio Club (MATPARC). He is an ARRL Life Member. He is married to Marilyn, K4ZOL, and has two children and two grandchildren.