Like many others who have tweeted or blogged about Julian's passing, I found his blog an inspiration and there was always something of interest for me.
On the air, I think I first worked Julian on 2m CW back in the 1980s when he was still 'down south'. I remember it well, as G3ILO was local to me and working G4ILO made me smile. We didn't have many on air QSOs in recent years, although we emailled and commented on each other's blogs quite regularly.
A memorable communication from Julian was an APRS message he sent me, bounced off the ISS. We also had a nice Echolink QSO one evening, when I was on the train and he was in his shack. We never worked on DSTAR, a mode that it fair to say, did not appeal to Julian at all, and he was quite happy to say so!
Happy memories of a very interesting man who I shall miss. Sympathies to Olga for her loss.
Julian's last blog post reminds us to hold our loved ones close...