Chris Angove, Independent Professional Engineer

Chris Angove is a highly experienced and MSc qualified chartered electronics engineer specialising in electrical and electronics engineering. He manages and owns Faraday Consultancy Limited (FCL).

He has successfully completed assignments for several clients including the following:

Alcatel Networks Leonardo MW Cubic Transportation Safran Power
EADS Astrium BAE Systems C-MAC Micro Technology Plextek
Allen Vanguard UK Arqiva Media Axell Wireless Motorola
UTC Aerospace Raytheon Systems Mullard Space Science Lockheed Martin UK
ERA Technology ITT Defence Systems Thales UK DAE Nokia Telecommunications

Frequently Asked Questions

Contents

Who are you and what do you do?

How can you help my team/project/company?

Which clients/companies have you supported in the past?

Who is this guy Chris Angove?

Can I have a copy of Chris's CV?

Why should I use your services instead of those from company X?

What sort of work has been done for FCL or Chris Angove done for previous clients?

What about note keeping and documentation?

How can we be sure that we will retain the skills and knowledge gained whilst you are with us?

How can I be sure of confidentiality?

What is your company philosophy?

Do you provide services directly or through an agency?

How much will you charge?

Why can't you give me more details on your work with client X?

What facilities do you have?

What policies do you have in place for protection of the environment?

Scattering Parameters Smith Charts Do you really mean 'RMS power'
Cascaded stages References (books) References (articles/papers)
S and T Parameters Complex discrete Fourier transform Transmission lines
Digital Receivers NF of a matched attenuator Phase locked loops S parameters (more)
Antennas Complex discrete Fourier transform of regular pulses RF design LTE/LTE-A Overview
Additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) Fourier transform examples
Differential transmission lines

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are you and what do you do?

Chris Angove has had a passion for electrical and electronics engineering from an early age. He owns and manages Faraday Consultancy Limited (FCL). FCL provides professional engineering support to client companies across many sectors including: RF, microwave, analog and digital hardware design and development, broadcast and communications engineering, telecommunications, radar and defence systems engineering. FCL and Chris Angove support clients' projects for both commercial and defence equipment applications from hands-on circuit design through to major systems proposals and their implementation. FCL is registered in England and Wales (registration number 2938426).

How can you help my team/project/company?

In today's environment, teams are routinely faced with challenging project milestones. Promises made must be met, otherwise personal commitments, the company's reputation and peoples' jobs may be at risk. FCL can provide valuable support to these companies very quickly and effectively. FCL may well have already achieved similar objectives with other clients and can bring a set of core skills, experience and knowledge.

Which clients/companies have you supported in the past?

To date, FCL and Chris Angove have supported several clients, including the following:

Who is this guy Chris Angove?

Chris has always been very interested in electrical and electronics engineering. He was brought up in Cornwall and went to The Humphry Davy Grammar School. After that he completed a telecommunications course followed by secondment to the Dubai Satellite Ground Station, United Arab Emirates. There he was on the 24-hour duty engineering team and performed regular maintenance and installation activities on the live international telecommunications equipment. The hardware included C-band liquid nitrogen cooled low noise amplifiers, satellite receivers, modulators, upconverters, high power amplifiers, uninterruptible power supplies, control/monitoring hardware and the antenna tracking equipment. His duties included maintenance of the station down to the three phase solid-state inverters, diesel generator sets, air-conditioning plants and temperature and humidity recording. He also supported planned maintenance at the nearby terrestrial back-haul site, whose facilities included VHF/UHF terrestrial links, microwave line-of-sight links and cable terminal equipment. Between shifts he chose to study and to further advance his understanding of satellite communications and the broader aspects of telecommunications.

When he returned to the UK he became a sponsored student on an honours degree (thin sandwich) course in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and completed it with an upper second which launched his career in electronics, communications and radar engineering. Shortly afterwards he successfully completed an MSc in Microwave and Optical Engineering at University College London. Since then he has held several senior engineering positions with respected leading corporates. He has been operating independently as an independent professional engineer for several years and continues to support clients in various roles.

Can I have a copy of Chris's CV?

Certainly. Please contact Chris directly on +44 (0) 7989 305995. He will delighted to send you one and to explain how he believes he (usually represented by FCL) can help you. To elaborate on his skills and experience and to answer any questions you may have, he will be very pleased to meet you at a time and place convenient to you. Evidence of all the qualifications shown on the CV can of course be supplied.

Why should I use your services instead of those from company X?

Every contract has been a success: objectives and specifications met and exceeded, documentation delivered and a comprehensive set of indexed and referenced records and documents left with the client. Most contracts to date have started at 6 months or more and many were subsequently extended. But eventually of course all contracts have to end and Chris is delighted to have worked with all clients and has made many friends. People with these skills and experience are relatively few so names and reputations are remembered. In the case of FCL they are remembered for their hard work, reliability, adaptability and the consistently high level of professionalism delivered throughout. FCL is also delighted to have supported several clients on more than one occasion.

What sort of work has been done for FCL or Chris Angove done for previous clients?

The following is a summary of the various types of work encountered so far to support clients. Confidential and restricted information has been removed.

  1. RF (HF/VHF/UHF) Design and Development, Tasks and Familiarity
  2. Electromagnetic Theory and High Speed Circuit Designs
  3. Microwave, High Speed Digital and Millimetre Wave Design and Development
  4. Supporting Skills and Experience
  5. Systems Level Development, Implementation and Operations
  6. CAD Applications and Languages Experience
  7. Project Management, Documentation and Presentations
  8. Test Equipment Automation: Data Acquisition, Reporting, Debugging and Results Processing
  9. Test Equipment Familiarity
  10. Ongoing Research

What about note keeping and documentation?

FCL follows the record keeping and documentation requirements of the client. Usually a traceable engineering log book of some form, physical or electronic, is required in which is recorded: day to day work notes, equipment setups and serial numbers, contact details of suppliers, sources of information (references to websites, textbooks, papers, equations etc.); test results summaries and calculations. This dataset is left with the client at the end of the contract. FCL's default policy on note keeping is to record sufficiently detailed notes in such a way that tests, investigations etc. can be repeated reliably at a later date, perhaps after the contract has ended. FCL has received many positive comments about the detail and quality of both its routine note keeping and the formal reports that it has produced.

FCL regards the production of quality documentation as an essential part of its services to the client. FCL's documents are relevant, concise, free from rambling, repetition and unnecessary words. Opinions are not expressed without reliable evidence that the reader may follow up. Perhaps with the exception of Ohm's Law, no formula is stated without references to reputable text books and/or peer reviewed papers. FCL maintains high skill levels of the industry standard word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, drawing and other applications to support the documentation. Quite often a client's deliveries include well written and correctly configured and reviewed documents, accceptable to the customer. FCL has experience in writing most types of deliverable specification documents (requirements, design proving, test, acceptance) for many types of equipment.

How can we be sure that we will retain the skills and knowledge gained whilst you are supporting us?

The client will benefit both from the skills that FCL has built up working in similar industries elsewhere and from the R&D work FCL engages in to prepare for future contracts. Furthermore, unless the client requires otherwise, FCL will leave a set of very comprehensive documents with the client. On most contracts one of the client's senior engineers or project managers works directly with FCL's representative to ensure that the best possible support is given. FCL will work with him/her to ensure that everything required is transferred, hardware demonstrated, questioned answered and all documents supplied.

How can I be sure of confidentiality?

FCL respects the clients' proprietary work and always assumes the highest level of confidentiality. It will never release any of this information elsewhere without the explicit and unambiguous written permission from the owner. FCL is happy to sign any reasonably worded confidentiality, non-disclosure or similar agreement with the client.

What is your company philosophy?

To provide a consistently delivered and highly professional service.

Do you provide services directly or through a third party?

Either. If either the client contacts FCL directly or vice versa, and this results in FCL providing the client with services, FCL will normally invoice the client directly. An exception might be in the unlikely event that FCL has a current exclusivity agreement with a particular third party relating to that client.

How much will you charge?

A competitive market rate. This would normally be delivery-based because FCL works on a business to business basis and FCL can offer increasing discounts for a longer engagements. The savings in time and travelling expenses for all off-site work will be passed on to the client by way of a reduced rate. These will also reduce the client's costs, reduce traffic congestion and reduce pollution. There will be less environmental damage and extra available time to support the client which would otherwise have been spent travelling.

Why can't you give me more details on your work with client X?

The details of FCL's work with all clients are strictly confidential, even if no formal confidentiality agreement has been signed. If a prospective client wishes to contact one of FCL's previous clients, this may be possible once permission is given.

What facilities do you have?

FCL runs a laboratory equipped for electronics design and development work currently up to about 6 GHz. For higher frequencies, test equipment is hired as required. The actual equipment used would be determined by the client's requirements and agreed with the client before starting the contract.

What policies do you have in place for protection of the environment?

FCL supports many policies to protect the environment, including the following:

References

  1. Gonzalez, Guillermo; Microwave Transistor Amplifiers - Second Edition, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, pp. 411-413.
  2. Malvino, Albert Paul Ph.D.; Electronic Principles, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing, New Deli, pp. 544 - 546, (1982).
  3. Gonzalez (op. cit.); pp. 240 - 247.
  4. Pozar, David M.; Microwave Engineering - Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc. pp. 543 - 548.
  5. Vendelin, George D.; Design of Amplifiers and Oscillators by the S-Parameter Method, John Wiley & Sons, pp. 20 - 24 (1982).
  6. Gonzalez (op. cit.); pp 240 - 247.
  7. Pozar (op. cit.); pp 222 - 227.
  8. Vendelin (op. cit.); pp 24 - 26.
  9. Gonzalez (op. cit.); pp 112 - 141.
  10. Vendelin (op. cit.); pp 27 - 35.
  11. Kennedy, George; Electronic Communication Systems; McGraw-Hill Kogakusha Ltd.; pp 228 - 239.
  12. Pozar (op. cit.); pp 64 - 69.
  13. Gonzalez (op. cit.); pp 93 - 112.
  14. Vendelin (op. cit.); pp 71 - 91.
  15. Chipman, Robert A.; Transmission Lines, Schaum's Outline Series in Engineering, McGraw-Hill Book Company, pp 71 - 91.
  16. Robins, W. P.; Phase Noise in Signal Sources, Peter Peregrinus Ltd.
  17. Gardner, Floyd M.; Phaselock Techniques - Second Edition; John Wiley & Sons; pp 100 - 105.
  18. Carlson, A. Bruce et. al.; Communication Systems, An Introduction to Signals and Noise in Electrical Communication - International Edition; McGraw-Hill Higher Education; pp 425 - 426.
  19. Gonzalez (op. cit.); pp 299 - 321.
  20. Pozar (op. cit.); pp 557 - 561.