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a light hearted and anecdotal look back at my time in DTELS and beyond

Brian Walters BSc


I’m Brian Walters from Bridgend depot. Mentioned in the Link once, on the back page of issue 4-4, in the Health and Safety article.

I was at Bridgend for all of my service, first as a WT starting in 1975 at Police HQ, Bridgend and then after making representation, I got promotion to SWT in 1985. The depot was moved to its own site at the old REME workshop in Litchard around 1980.

I jumped before I got pushed in the cull of 1989 and finished in early 1990. I did a fair number of Pocketfones in my time, I had been with Pye Telecom in Cardiff for a few years and it was there that I learned many of the manufacturer’s tricks, some of which had never been seen on the Home Office test benches.

After leaving the D of Tels, I was out for about a year and then found a job at the Rhondda Heritage Park as the maintenance engineer and left there after about five years. I then found my way into the airline industry, maintaining and calibrating the avionics test equipment. The company soon realised my interest in all things RF and I ended up specialising in the radio and radar equipment, with a rather perverse interest in the theory and practice of transmission lines.

I retired from work in 2001, after the medics at the local hospital found a tumour inside my spine, thankfully it was benign and they managed to get it all out, but it left me with a wonky leg. I now keep myself out of mischief by continuing my college education; in 2004 I completed two OCN courses on web design and advanced graphics. In 2005 I got my CompTIA A+ certification and this year I graduated from HNC Computer Science (Software Engineering). I have now started doing Dip HE in computer science with a view to continuing onwards to a degree.

While I was with the D of Tels, I was pretty well known to the folks up at Hendon on the PNC control, I also did the Dacoll VDU course up at Bathgate. Looking back, it seems like I spent more time on courses than I did working for a living, apart from those at Harrow and then Stanmore, there were courses at Queen Anne’s Gate, I also did a course on the Burndept/ CYFAS which was used in South Wales Police for “Command and Control” I was also involved with WARC planning at Bridgend, working with Peter Pinel and Gordon Wyatt too.

I have attached a couple of pictures, one of them from your “boxfiles” naming some of the PF1 test bench kit and the other one I found on my e-travels of the mainstay of any mobile test bench, you should recognise it.

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Webmaster Postscript - 20th December 2009
In the summer of 2009 Brian completed his degree course and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Information System.  A fine achievement and shows what can be done in your latter years.

Acknowledgement: Brian Walters

page updated: 22/07/19

PETA meters at Bridgend
posted 25/04/09

South Wales Police had a small number of the PETA meters which were maintained at Bridgend depot and it was thought that on some odd occasions the meters were deployed while the annual calibration was a bit out of date, often indicated by a panicked look on a traffic officer's face and a request to re-calibrate the device as soon as possible.

The new Bridgend depot was situated towards the bottom of Litchard Hill, a nice steady drop from Sarn Common (where the M4 junction 36 is now) and that hill was a favourite site for the police to site a speed trap; we all knew that!

One morning, a WT at Bridgend, who shall remain nameless but for the benefit of this story we'll call him Ron Morgan arrived at work about ten minutes late having a bit of a tantrum and laughing at the same time, you've guessed it, he'd been stopped in the speed trap.

As was normal procedure, the officers offered the accused the opportunity to examine the equipment, usually declined by Joe Public, but on this occasion the offer was accepted.

Ron duly checked the operating angle to the road, the 30 and 70 mph calibration points and found everything in order, then asked to see the log book for the equipment, only to find that not only was the radar set well within its calibration period but the technician who had carried out the job was ..... Ron Morgan!


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