60 seconds with Tait Communications' Richard Russell

Richard Russell, Tait Communications' business development manager UK & Ireland, discusses his work and his career in two-way radio

How do you spend most of your time at work?

I really enjoy engaging with clients to better understand their communication challenges. I also work closely with Tait’s CTO, senior management, engineering, and product teams, collaborating with external organisations to develop compelling solutions to resolve their problems.

What’s the one gadget that you can’t live without?

My wife’s De’Longhi coffee machine. It was worth every penny of the £450 price tag.

Describe your most unforgettable project.

Developing communications solutions to help those using breathing apparatus on the fireground.

What’s been your most unusual experience while working in the wireless comms sector?

Flying across the Libyan desert in the co-pilot seat of a small twin-engine, 12-seater aeroplane, skimming 100 feet above the ground (ie, below radar). What an experience! Also, commissioning a multi-site conventional radio system back in the late 1980s.

What advice would you give to a young radio engineer who’s starting their first job?

I would suggest getting a thorough mix of theory, as well as hands-on education. This has to include radio frequency (RF) technology, and of course IP too. Start from the basic fundamentals and build strong foundations.

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