I was sorry to hear this morning, that Ted Collins, G4UPS had passed away on Wednesday morning. I'd known Ted since the mid 1980s, when we were first allowed on 50MHz. Ted was probably one of the first stations that I worked on the band and we kept in touch off and on, ever since.
On 50MHz, particularly in the 'early years', if there was an opening, Ted was there. In the days of the 'Squarebashers Expedition Group' and our trips to Gibraltar, Malta and Madeira, we had numerous QSOs with Ted.
Prior to the release of the 50MHz band in the UK, Ted had operated from Ascension Island when he was out there 'on business'. He'd made lots of contacts from there as ZD8TC and it was always interesting to talk to him about his experiences there.
In later years I tended to work Ted more often on LF but we always enjoyed a quick natter and a catch up.
Sorry to lose you, old friend.