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Taroh Yagi (JH1WIX)
January 29, 2001
Japanese old time Taroh Yagi, JH1WIX (ex J1ZB, J1DO, J2GX, AJ4ZZ) passed away on January 29 in the Toshiba Hospital. Taroh was first licensed in 1924 and was a member of the ARRL, JARL, QCWA, FOC and Tokyo Old Timers Club. The Funeral will be held today in Japan. Amateur Radio has lost one of its finest pioneers. Taroh was 93 years old. On a personal note JH1WIX was one of the very first Japanese operators I worked in the fall of 1978. Our condolences to the Yagi family.
Contributed by: W3UR (W3UR)
As Bernie says, JH1WIX was the first JA station many of us worked as Novices as he frequented the 15m Novice CW band. I recall that I was so nervous that my QSO with him was not what I would call 'complete', but I sent a QSL card anyway, and shortly thereafter, I received a QSL from him confirming that QSO. Later on, one of my first SSB Qsos as a General was with JH1WIX on 20m SSB. He was a true gentleman.
Contributed by: (N5NJ)
Like W3UR, JH1WIX was my very first QSO with Japan and the continent of Asia. Almost every evening he would show up in the 15 meter novice band. It took several days, or maybe even weeks, before I finally worked him with my 100 watts and 40 meter dipole. It was an incredible thrill to contact someone in such a far away land. Early DX QSO's such as the one with JH1WIX, are what got me hooked on this hobby. Thanks Taroh.
Contributed by: Ken Claerbout (K4ZW)
Just like Bernie, Taroh ws the first JA I ever worked. I was a novice using an HW-8 on loan from a friend. I can't begin to tell you the thrill it was working him. Not only did he take the time and effort to work a novice but his card came quickly. Even today that would be something. I learned from his card that he been a pioneer in Japan in electronics. I was very moved that he would take the time to work me and I still proudly display his card. Rest in Peace my friend. You earned.
73 de Kenn then KA4FXI
Contributed by: (W5KAP)
Taroh-san was a fixture on the bands back when I started DX-ing in the 70's from the Midwest. It was such a thrill to have an obvious Big Gun like him remember the call and greet you by name. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. I'll put his QSL on display in remembrance...
73, Ward N0AX
Contributed by: Ward Silver (N0AX)
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Taroh. He was my first QSO from Japan when I was a newly-minted Tech in '78. He responded to my call with my 70 watts, straight key, shaky fist, and all. He qsl'd "direct" to me and enclosed photo copies of magazine articles about him from the 30's. That contact and his QSL card are at the top of my most cherised ham radio experiences.
My condolences to his family.
Contributed by: Alfred L. Handy (N1AAU)
Taroh called me late one weekday afternoon in 1972 on 15m cw when I was a freshly-licensed Novice in the seventh grade. At first, I kept copying his call as W61WIX. What kind of call is that? It never crossed my mind that he could be a DX station. Then, when the realization hit, I was dumbfounded. Japan! Me working Japan with my DX-60/HR10 and dipole in the attic?
Even my parents remember this one as clear as day . . . I bounded down the stairs yelling, "I worked Japan! I worked Japan!"
The QSL came only a few short days later. It was the most exhilarating QSO of my amateur radio career. Taroh worked a lot of young Novices; this inspires me to continue my efforts to attract and train new, young hams.
Contributed by: Jim Idelson (K1IR)
This hit like a ton of bricks. Taroh Yagi patiently worked me every time I called him as a young teenage ham. He would listen as I told him about my latest antenna experiment and would help me by comparing signal reports between the dipole and my attempts at building the poor man's Yagi. What a wonderful friend he became over 30 years ago. When friends ask me about who I have talked to over the years Taroh has always been my first story.
Contributed by: Bill Holt (WA4OTL)
I am saddened to hear of Taroh's passing. I had several QSOs with him over the years - the first being in October 1986 as an excited young Novice working his first JA station. My sympathies to the Yagi family in their time of loss.
Contributed by: Scott Davis (KK7JS)
Taroh was my first JA QSO (as well, I'm sure, for many others) and a regular in the 15M novice band in the late 70's, early 80's. I worked him several times over a couple of years, and heard him work many other novices -- a patient operator, working as many QSO's as he could before the band gave out. We not only exchanged QSL's but photographs, and his hung proudly in the shack of a 13-year-old novice. My first QSO with him was almost as exciting as my very first QSO.
Domo aragato, my friend.
Contributed by: Bill Acito (W1PA)
I worked JH1WIX as a novice(WN1POJ) back in 1971 and know of many friends who worked him too. His callsign must be in so many Novice logbooks. Thanks for the fond memories!
Contributed by: George (N1RI)
Taroh was the second JA station I ever worked, and it was quite a thrill when he responded to my weak station. Though I didn't know him well, it says a lot about him that he spent so much time on the Novice frequencies, patiently helping new hams who were nervously working some of their first DX.
Such a gentleman and a true ambassador of the hobby. Every ham could take a lesson from the way he lived his life.
73 my friend. Rest in peace.
Brian, W9IND (ex-WO9I, KA9OIH and WN9ICB)
Contributed by: Brian D. Smith (W9IND)
Working Taroh on CW on the novice band (10m?)was one of the highlights of my many years on the radio. Taroh set an example for all of us. Taroh had a heart of gold. Bill KB6YH (ex WV6CKJ, WB6BMH)
Contributed by: William Latimer (KB6YH)
Taroh was a wonderful amateur and a true gentleman. We made initial contact when I was a novice back in 1973. From that point on, he mailed me pics, notes, etc. We had a wonderful relationship. Although I never had the chance to meet him personally, he was in my opinion, what all amateurs should strive to be like!
Contributed by: Chris (W0LC)
Just Googled my friend Taroh Yagi and saw the
news on his passing. What a kind and gentle
man. I first worked him on Nov. 7 1976 on 15
meters CW. As a 16 yr old new General, I was
thrilled to work him with 50 watts. And he
said he would QSL 100%.. I sent him an IRC
and he sent me 2 cards which are proudly
displayed in my shack. Thanks Taroh and
rest in peace my friend. ex. WN0oxl, WB0oxl
Contributed by: Michael J. Mona (KD0ZW)
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