60 seconds with Paul Simpson
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:

Paul is installations manager at DCRS. He was trained in marine radio at college and then worked for the Met Police for a few years. After qualifying he worked for another radio company for 10-12 years. Paul then joined DCRS and has been there for 16 years.

How do you spend most of your time at work?

As the installations manager at DCRS, my main job is repairing radios. However, I also get involved in sorting out customer issues, programming and installing hire and sales equipment.

How do you prepare for the busy radio hire season?

We program and check over all the radio equipment and condition of the batteries.

Describe your most unforgettable project.

Being able to work on the Horse of the Year show has been a highlight. For this we fitted four repeaters and a MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus system.

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

The first unusual thing was fitting radio systems into railway tunnels and the second was installing a paging system into one of the Royal family’s bedrooms with a panic button; this is still being used today.

What advice would you give to a young engineer who’s starting their first job in the two-way radio industry?

Always listen, watch and learn on the job. Through college work you can become an apprentice engineer, which gives you the knowledge to back up the on-the-job training that will progress your career. It is also important to be proactive and not stop learning about new technologies.

How has your role changed since you joined the industry?

Repairs have become modular, rather than changing components. Also, everything is now computer-orientated.

What do you do in your free time to relax?

Back in the day I used to play a lot of cricket; however, since I am getting older I tend to go fishing once a month, and relax at home watching TV and reading books.

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