60 seconds with SFL Mobile Radio's Neil Bethel
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Neil Bethel, senior radio engineer at SFL Mobile Radio, talks to Land Mobile about his career in two-way radio communications

How do you spend your time at work?

My time is split between the radio workshop and out of the office on-site. I am responsible for making sure the communication set-up meets customers’ requirements, which involves assessing the site, programming the radios and, where necessary, installing repeaters.

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

My satnav.

Describe your most unforgettable project.x

Working in the Connaught Tunnels in London was a fantastic experience, and overcoming its challenges was very rewarding. The challenges centred on the depth of the tunnels where communication with the surface was required. This was overcome by dropping an antenna down a tunnel that allowed for both horizontal and vertical communication.

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

At an old military base there was a building that we had to avoid because there was a large bird of prey sitting on the roof, and conservation rules prevented us from disrupting the bird.

What advice would you give to a young radio engineer who is starting their first job in the industry?

I would advise any new engineer to embrace new technologies and keep up to date with the latest radio developments.

How has your role changed since you started working within the radio industry?

When I first started, my role was more desk-based, but I am now out on the road and on-site a lot more.

What do you do to relax?

I am a family man, but also enjoy socialising and watching sports, particularly Everton FC!

Neil Bethel is a senior radio engineer who has been with SFL Mobile Radio for more than 20 years. In this time, Neil has developed his knowledge and skill base to become an expert in two-way radio communications.


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