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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX001 (2021)

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ARLX001 Former RAC President John "Hoppy" Hopwood, VE7RD (SK)

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Special Bulletin 1  ARLX001
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 12, 2021
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLX001 Former RAC President John ''Hoppy" Hopwood, VE7RD (SK)

Former Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) President John Farrell "Hoppy"
Hopwood, VE7RD, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, died on
December 8. He was 91. Hopwood was instrumental in the founding of
RAC and was inducted in 2015 as a member of the Canadian Amateur
Radio Hall of Fame.

Hopwood spent his career in telecommunications, once working as a
telegraph lineman. In 1971, he formed a Systems Coordination Centre
(SCC) to help British Columbia Telephone Company and other large
business users to install new telecom networks, and he managed the
SCC until he retired in 1992.

Licensed in 1955, Hopwood was an early member of the Canadian Radio
Relay League (CRRL), the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation (CARF),
and ARRL. As Vice President of CARF, Hopwood encouraged the CARF and
CRRL boards to resume talks to consider creating one national
society.

"Merging the two societies was a complex and delicate process," RAC
said in remembering Hopwood. He worked with CRRL President Dana
Shtun, VE3DSS, who, RAC said, "shared the vision for a strong
national amateur radio society." Hopwood served as RAC's first Vice
President and subsequently was appointed as RAC President, retiring
in 1998 after six terms.
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