Robert Glyn Jones, a former Senior Transmitter Engineer at Woofferton for
over 25 years died on 1st Feb 2021.
Originally from Cockermouth in Cumbria, Glyn started in the BBC in the early
60ís on the traditional TX engineering path as a Technical Assistant at
Ozzie 8 and 9 (Skelton) then to an Engineer post at Stagshaw followed by a
posting to Woofferton in the early 70ís. His exceptional engineering talents
were quickly recognised and he was promoted to TxE in the mid-80ís and very
soon after to Senior Transmitter Engineer. By now the HF staff were
integrated with TV and this involved much outstation work. Glyn took
immediately to that and many of his engineering modifications were
implemented just as they had been on the HF senders and the reliability, of
particularly, the Marconi UHF-77 equipment at Ridge Hill increased.
He was a licenced radio amateur as G4AIJ and no doubt the diverse skills he
gained in that hobby helped him a great deal professionally and vice-versa.
Glyn and I were just about to complete both a joint commercial broadcast and
amateur radio TX installation project on Clee Hill, it is a great shame he
did not live to see it completed.
Barrie Elding commented that Glyn was not one to mince his words, you knew
exactly where you were with him; a brilliant engineer, passionate about
radio, he enjoyed the challenge of new technology. He was annoyed that he
had to retire before the new equipment arrived at Woofferton. There are many
of his modifications installed at WOF and all are documented; an RGJ
trademark. I have many memories of working with him, both as a Union Safety
Rep and engineer and reminded him many times of our first local liaison
meeting followed shortly by the first staff meeting.
Written by Dave Porter G4OYX with commentary from Barrie Elding, the
present Engineering Manager at WOF.