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The Trinity House Experience

It was never boring being a Storno field engineer, working with such a wide variety of customers and systems. Among the more exciting locations you might be called upon to visit were the lighthouses and lightvessels of the Trinity House lighthouse service.


Above: The radio equipment room aboard the East Goodwin Lightship. The two CQF600 base stations on the left provided a main and standby UHF link for control and monitoring of generators, fuel levels, intruder alarms, lamps, fog horn, etc. as well as a voice link for contact back to shore. The open cabinet on the right provided control, monitoring and antenna switching for the transmitters.

Right and below: Southern15 approaching and boarding Galloper, a light-buoy in the Thames Estuary. Although it provided a reasonably stable platform it could move in rather unusual ways, the most disconcerting of which was the dreaded 'corkscrew' motion - If you could last more than five minutes below you were doing very well!



Above: A Storno Mobile workshop attending St. Ann's Head lighthouse at Milford Haven and the view from the North Foreland Lighthouse in Kent, note the Northforeland coastal marine radio station's MF/HF antenna running between the lighthouse and the adjacent tower.

Below: Midland7 found getting into some of the sites was even more interesting, such as the access via the helideck on top of The Smalls Lighthouse. (Note The Smalls has now lost its red and white stripes since refurbishment in 1997).


Our intrepid engineers (Viking8/Midland2 is seen in attendance above and left) serviced the many Storno communications systems operated by Trinity House. Travelling by air, land and sea to maintain a wide variety of equipment from the standard CQF662-2001 remote telephone systems (left) through to custom designed speech, data, remote control and alarm systems.


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