60 seconds with GlobalView Systems' Chris Davies
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Chris Davies, engineering support manager at GlobalView Systems

Chris Davies, engineering support manager at GlobalView Systems, discusses his time in the two-way radio industry

How do you spend a typical working day?

Supporting our partners so they can provide the correct solutions to their customers. There are so many different system protocols out there that it would be unrealistic to ask them to understand them all – we let them leave that to us.

What’s your most unforgettable site visit?

Providing a system for US President Clinton on his last visit to the UK and the task of handing the system over to US government officials – from Air Force One to the United States Secret Service.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve seen while working in the radio sector?

Seeing an 8 channel DMR system mounted in a 19-inch rack being lowered from the central tower clock room of Lincoln Cathedral by a winch after the Christmas Market. Watching the rack start to swing close to the centuries old architecture was not the most enjoyable moment!

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

Be open minded, and take in as much information as you can. When I first started out, I would keep taking home manuals and equipment to know the products and equipment inside out. Be prepared for curve balls – someone always asks “is this possible?” – grasp these opportunities as a chance to
stand out.

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

My iPod – I still have the 4th Generation model with click wheel.For me it’s the best device Apple has created.

What do you do to relax?

I have three sports mad boys who take up all of my time with football and athletics.

Chris begun his career at Motek Portable Products as a bench engineer in 1997. He became a workshop supervisor before it was bought by GB Comms North and became Ninehundred Communications in 2004, when he became its workshop manager. He stayed there until September 2014, when he joined GlobalView Systems.

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