Directorate of Telecommunications
Not a 9 to 5 Job
One late afternoon Bill Roberts and I were detailed to prepare to go to Carlisle the next morning to service the Carlisle Fire service base station, which if my memory serves me right was a Pye 703 receiver and transmitter. Two of each, one set for main and the other for standby.
The equipment was housed in the base of the drill tower with land line control with a Pye PTC 411 unit in the control room.
So the next morning Bill and I signed in at 08.30 hrs and were on the road to Carlisle by 09:25hrs. We arrived about 10.30hrs and soon had found the fault and did a Preventative Maintenance (PM) on the whole station and also checked out a couple of fire engines.
We were just about to pack up for home when the fire control told us there was a phone call from the depot. We took the call, which informed us that they had a report that the equipment at Workington was faulty, could we attend to it?.
So, we set forth to Workington. The equipment there was a Marconi HH16, the only one in the region and we did not have the manuals for it with us. Luckily, when we got there it was an obvious fault, which we were soon able to rectify.