By Champ E21EIC
After a long and courageous battle with cancer, it is of immense sadness to learn the passing of Zorro san, JH1AJT. Zorro san was in-and-out of the hospital a lot these past few months, but despite all the efforts, his health continued to decline and became critical last Friday. He passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning at 0850am JST.
Our ham radio world has lost another beaming light. Zorro san JH1AJT was the founder of SEISA Group and Foundation for Global Children (FGC). He was deeply involved in humanitarian projects in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Japan, Myanmar, Eritrea and Bhutan, and was also the main driving force behind many DXpeditions. His awards and achievements in amateur radio include DXCC Honor Roll #1, DXCC World Ranking No.1 on 10m band, CQ DX Hall of Fame in 2015, YASME Excellence Award in 2018, Dayton Hamvention Amateur of the Year and CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 2020.
Rest in peace Zorro san. You may be gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. JC and I offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work on your FGC Radio Team.
i didnt know zorro had some health issues, we had some chat on what’s up
seems like a good guy he had supported us in our endeavor to make et3 on air
he had also invited me in his next e30 DX-pedition, looks like its not going to happen.
any ways rest in peace my friend !!
Yes, he was one of the old school, old time, good ones. Will be missed.
Great person good operator we lost a friend,
De Tom IW0HBY IR9W
If there’s a Ham Radio DXing Heaven, ya know they have a hell of a band!….or in this case, DX Team…..Sadly now adding one more to the roster…..Zorro-San, thank you for being my only QSO to Eritrea. You and your presence on the frequencies will be missed……
R.I.P. Rest in peace. Our condolences to the family from Belgium. Sk Sk SK
Some truth in life are hard to accept. Your memories will never be forgotten! Those will always remain with us forever.
Rest in peace my friend – Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT
Very sad to hear this. I first met Zorro in 1968. We instantly became great friends. When I moved to Japan in 1971, Zorro was waiting for me at Haneda Airport. I was a guest in his home many times. I will miss him a lot. 73 my friend de KG6PH
May You Rest in Peace
Your friend from the US
Your Bell will ring forever at my home
Zorro was a great dx-peditioneer and a big person , thanks for all new ones, thanks for all Zorro. RIP.
Really sorry to hear of Zorro’s passing. Great loss for the WW Amateur Radio Community. I will keep him in my memory every time I see our many contacts in the cards and log. My condolences to his friends and family.
With great sorrow I read the news of the death of my dear friend Zorro, who, in addition to being a great radio amateur who gave us so many emotions and so may new one, was, above all, a great person with a generous heart.
We miss you, but you will remain forever in our memories and prayers.
Francesco IK0FVC / HV0A
Zorro was the most amazing person and my best friend. Ham radio was his hobby of immense passion. His lifetime devotion to students and persons in need was gigantic.
My condolences to to his family, friends, and the students that he deeply cherished. RIP dear Zorro. You will be deeply missed.
RIP my friend. Thank you for the DXpeditions and contacts you brought us.
Great man, R.I.P.
Very Very sad. Oh, such a wonderful man. And great op. I’ve worked him on several rare DXpeditions. He has donated so much time and money to humanitarian and DX efforts. RIP Zorro san. SK
I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Thank you for your kindness over the years.
RIP de NK9O/ Joe
EPD Me uno al dolor de los colegas y amigos
“Let us hurry to love people, they depart so quickly”. We will miss Zorro. RIP
We love and miss Zorro san very much. He was such a beaming light to all radio amateurs and I was so happy that he was part of our world in amateur radio and one of our dear friends. I especially admire his selfless heart to help children and give of himself. RIP friend.
Rest well and know you leave a world of friends
Zorro was a legend. I remember showing up at his amazing station in odawara. I whipped out my k3/0 mini and remote rig. Turned my New York antennas to JA using my phone. Zorro turned on his radios, pointed his antennas to NA and we had a trans pacific qso while I sat next to him. We loved it !
What a great human being. Generous beyond words He will be missed terribly.
Very sad to hear you passed away.
Your back-scatter 10 mtr signal is still ringing in my ear. We were 20’s at the time.
Sleep in peace.
Sada KG1K / ex-JH1EYB
very sad to hear this bad news, fly high dear friend, rest in peace Zorro
Otro gran hombre que nos deja , descansa en Paz Zorro – San .
So sorry about Zorros passing…we had fixed plans to activate ZD8 next year and we’re both looking forward in that….so sorry
Rest in peace Zorro
A great man of peace and comfort to the needy.
Thank you, Zorro, for some ATNO’s, for our eyeball QSO, but even more for the work of FGC and your demonstration of ham radio in the promotion of world friendship. You were above all a doer of good deeds.
Rest in peace my brother. Condolences from us in the Montserrat.
Somehow I believe Zoro-san spirit will get set up and contact us from the other side. Ham on Zoro-san.
Rest in peace dear Zorro-san. Thank you for all you did for our hobby. We’ll always remember you.
This is bitterly sad news and a great loss to the DX community. Meeting Zorro will always be a treasured memory for me and my deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace Zorro san and TU.
Very sad. Zorro san was a friend and we had a great friendship. I am so sorry to hear this.
He did so much for others and for us Radio Amateurs.
RIP my friend Zorro san.
I am saddened to hear of the loss of my good friend Zorro. I had last heard from him via text message this past New Years Day. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and his friends. Rest in Peace my friend. ~ KE4KDY/KG4DY
I am very sorry for the departure of Zorro, our friend and colleague, we will always remember you as a great DX institution, my condolences to his family and peace to his remains.
A huge loss to the dx community, RIP Zorro.
A great HAM, DXer, Contester, DX’Peditioner and Ambassador of Amateur radio arounfd the World ! Rest in peace Zorro-san, we’ll be missing you !
We lost a DX and Expedition giant today. RIP, Zorro.
Ciao Zorro, buon viaggio riposa in pace!! Raffaello IT9ATF.
Gracias por todo amigo Zorro san, descanza en Paz.
Too sad to know. Always a gentleman, great dx-peditioneer. Thanks for sharing your life with us, RIP Zorro san. de PY2YP
Zorro san I am very sorry for your departure: I hope you did not suffer too much. R.I.P. Sayonara Ciao Gian san I7SWX
Big lost, RIP dear Zorro …
Beyond his achievements, beyond his Dx expeditions there lies a big hearted man that will be so much missed.
RIP Zorro San!
great friend and great master, he gave me a lot of advice in organizing various dxpedition RIP my friend . ‘.
Another big One gone.
Rest in peace
Very sad. We have lost one of the great, most generous figures of the DX community. Rest in peace, Zorro.
rest in peace Zorro san. Thanks for all the DXpeditions , great working. 73 DL4MP
Very sad news. RIP Zorro san.
So sad to lose Zorro. He was a dear friend. I hope he is at peace and visiting Monk Apollo, David K3LP, ON4UN, Chuck Brady and other friends that are now gone of this earth. Rest In Peace dear friend Zorro.
Reast in peace Zorro san..
That’s really sad news. Rest in peace Zorro.