I've just heard the sad news that Norman Fitch, G3FPK, the RSGB's VHF/UHF columnist has died. Norman took over the VHF column in 1989 from Ken Willis, G8VR.
I first met Norman on the RSGB's VHF Committee in the 1980s. Norman was a real gentleman and always came along to committee meetings immaculately dressed in a suit (I'm sorry to tell you that I didn't...). It was nice to meet him, because prior to taking on the Radcom column, he'd written the VHF column for Short Wave Magazine, which I'd grown up with - and as soon as I got my G6 licence in the early 1980s, started writing to Norman, so it felt like we'd known each other for years.
Norman's Short Wave Magazine column gave really excellent VHF coverage at the time and it seemed a natural step for him to take over Radcom's VHF/UHF slot. For 21 years, he covered the evolving VHF/UHF DX scene and always managed to keep content fresh - I know how much creativity that involves.
RSGB's item on Norman can be found here
Thanks for all your work, old friend. I'm sorry I didn't get to say goodbye.