RAC Amateur of the Year 2021: Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET…

The RAC Board of Directors takes great pleasure in selecting Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET, as the recipient of the RAC Amateur of the Year Award for 2021.

Through the RAC Amateur of the Year Award, Radio Amateurs of Canada recognizes the outstanding contributions made by Canadian Amateurs. The RAC Board considers nominations for the RAC Amateur of the Year Award and presents it if and when the nomination demonstrates the exceptional contribution made. If there are several nominations the best for that year is approved.

Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET, has made a significant contribution to the Amateur Radio community in Vancouver, British Columbia.

He was highly active with the Vancouver Emergency Community Telecommunications Organization (VECTOR), which operates the Amateur Radio program that supports the Vancouver Emergency Management Agency and raises the communication preparedness of the community.

Hiroshi’s contributions to Amateur Radio include the following:

  • Coordinating VECTOR’s Basic Amateur certification course from 2014 to 2020, helping 800 people become Amateurs in two to three courses each year
  • Coordinating VECTOR’s civic service operations from 2014 to 2019 with Gary Webb, VA7GMW and Mike Watkins, VE7WV, including activations at the annual Celebration of Light, Canada Day and Santa Claus Parade events
  • Serving as VECTOR Vice-President from 2014 to 2019
  • Coordinating VECTOR’s annual exercises from 2012 to 2016
  • Coordinating VECTOR’s Field Day setup from 2013 to 2019 with Gary and Mike
  • Sponsoring and operating VE7RVU, a local 440 MHz repeater
  • Helping to maintain the VE7RVZ repeater, a local 2 metre repeater
  • Inspiring and coordinating the local 2 metre QSO Party starting in 2019

In 2021, Hiroshi founded the Lower Mainland Radio Room (LMRR) to focus on the “fun” in radio technology to get more people on the air and inspire existing Amateurs to discover new ways they can use their radio.

Stay tuned to the RAC website and to the May-June 2022 TCA for more information about the presentation of the award once the plans have been finalized.

For more information about the RAC Amateur of the Year Award visit:


Phil A. McBride, VA3QR/VA3KPJ
RAC President and Chair