- Gained experience as Video Switcher, Sound Control and Vision Engineer on live news, current affairs, magazine programmes and light entertainment. - As an engineer in analogue techniques, I developed solutions for a flawed intercom system, a telephone hybrid (including a portable version) and a stabilizer for a blue screen (also known as chromakey) light box.
Live news transmissions to the USA.
Initially as Technical Director, I set up the edit suite with 1 inch C-format, Betacam, and U-matic VTRs and a Grass Valley 100 video switcher. Went on to become videotape editor, cameraman, engineer and telecine operator.
Technical adviser for rental of audio equipment, projection systems and lighting systems to 5-star hotels in the Algarve.
During the above, I developed many other electronic projects in the analogue field, including lighting controllers, telephone hybrids (including an adapter for a Polycom Starphone), a vacuum tube tester and high voltage power unit (also appearing as magazine articles), audio amplifiers (solid state and valve types), various adapters for audio mixers, a tri-colour traffic light, a 10-way source selector and audio distribution system for home hi-fi, an infra-red extender for remote commanders, a CAT5 cable tester, a projector lens shutter, a simple firework trigger, a countdown timer with 45mm LEDs and a lightweight adapter for camera or phone battery charging from a motorcycle battery.
I am an experienced printed circuit board designer. As a regular observer of Powerpoint presentations, I developed the ability to spot grammatical and spelling errors at lightning speed