Dorking & District Radio Society

Practical Fault-Finding - 28 January 2020

Martin Butler, M1BRB

Martin's talk is very popular with many clubs and for good reason. Imparting top tips and tricks learned over his many years in industry whilst repairing TVs computers and radios, Martin's approach will assist you in finding a fault in pretty much anything!

Martin will cover a wide range of topics from the basics of fault-finding to specific components and the "soft skills" needed for effective fault-finding. This will include unpacking how the user is describing a fault to the mental approach required for effective fault-finding. A fascinating, informative and at times amusing talk for anyone who needs to fix something.

Martin started his working career at Philips making colour televisions and spent ten years as a Radio and Television Engineer. During this time he passed his City and Guilds exams and had his first experiences with Amateur Radio; however, at this stage he remained a Short Wave Listener. Following twenty years in the computer industry, in 1999, whilst working with another contractor who was an Amateur Radio enthusiast, Martin decided to become involved in the hobby and went to Brighton College to study for his RAE. He passed the exam in December 2000 and received the call sign M1MRB.

Martin has been an active member of the Sutton and Cheam Radio Society since 1999 and is now a committee member. In 2005 the club decided to start a training group and he has now become the lead instructor. Martin is a member of the RSGB and the GQRP Club, a non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers to promote Low Power Radio. His latest venture is working with Colin M6BOY on the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast which has followers throughout the world.