A number of dates in the article below are contested by both Geoff G4AFJ and Dave G8MZY so alhough we are reproducing the original article, all dates are suspected to be between 4 and 6 years too early
Written by Jack G3PVG
Around 1970 the Leicester Repeater Group was formed at an inaugural meeting in one of the lecture rooms of the Area Health Authority, courtesy of Les G4CWD. Several projects were discussed, but the one which came to fruition first was a 70cm repeater. The machine was fabricated from a number of PMR components by Barry Doel G3SXK, who at that time was the Chief Engineer for a PMR Company in the Saffron Lane area of the city. The company called Contact Radio Telephones has long been defunct. A number of his engineers and colleagues were involved at the time, and notably Eric Goodwin, G3MNQ, who built the Logic entirely from discrete CMOS "A" Series logic Chips.