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I'm not sure of the details or even exactly when he passed on, but he was instrumental in my developing an interest in ATV back in the 90s and will be much missed by the ATV community.
FWIW, my video of him back in 1995: https://youtu.be/nNmFC393gtU
Worked Ian a few times on 24cms …always in awe of his construction skills with water cooled 2C39 13cms amps and the like
Believe he was also one of the original team when GB3KT was trying to get licenced from the isle of sheppy .
Great Wakering Essex JO01JN60PC qth 4m asl
70cms DATV portsdown 4 + RYDE rx …18element yagi at 15m
It finally took him just before last christmas - but not many people knew - he was very private about it.
I knew him for many years and enjoyed may ATV contacts with him before I moved qth 20 years ago, and he got married and settled down.
He was a really good guy - with knowledge and skills he was happy to share.
Rest in Peace Ian - and thanks for the chats
In 1980 I met Ian at Eltham College when studying for the RAE. We sat together and after a time I used to give him a lift from his home in Belvedere to and from the college. Very often after the lessons we and others would frequent a local hostelry with the Tutor G3ZCV - Norman Harper (SK). After we all passed the RAE Norman invited us all to his home for CW lessons and we called our little club the "Fanny Hill ARC" This name coming from the book that Norman sent his CW from.
Ian and I would continue with local 2m FM contacts and he actually got me to receive one of his ATV transmissions via an old analogue Sky box (we only lived a mile away from each other).
Years later he got married and his husband shared the same interest in garden plants as my XYL. When we visited their home on the Abbey Wood Belvedere border we were amazed at their garden.
We used to meet on Facebook but this all stopped and I had wondered if something was wrong as I knew he went to The Royal Marsden for what he called "trials". Little did I know then how serious it was.
I will always remember him for the state of his Shack Floor which was difficult to find a clear space to walk on - it was our little joke!
Rest in Peace dear friend.
Bob Hewitt G4MHJ