Radio technicians or operators are the people who are responsible for sending and receiving transmissions with radio equipment. A lot of them are employed by radio stations, such as tech talk radio, but there are also other opportunities available for these people to be employed by government agencies, the military, airports and emergency services agencies just to name a few. As radio technology continues to change more and more digital equipment and automation are being used. As such, some jobs with technology radio stations are now becoming obsolete. This is why you’ll also need to have strong computer skills and a willingness to adapt to new and changing technologies.
Whenever you work for tech radio you’ll have various duties. Precisely what your duties at the tech radio will be are going to depend upon whom your employer is. Typically, you’ll be responsible for sending and receiving transmissions at the tech radio. You’ll also have to operate all of the radio equipment, which may include turning controls or throwing switches that turn on power supplies, adjusting volume levels and tuning transmitters to specific frequencies. You may also need to run sound recording equipment. This equipment is used to record signals and broadcasts that can then be further analyzed by other employees at the tech radio station.
There are also some employers who will need you to send and interpret coded messages. In sending the messages you’ll be contacting aircraft, ships, offshore oil rigs, mining crews and even logging camps, all depending upon who you work for and where you work. Sometimes you might even transmit weather reports or warnings via emergency frequencies. In such cases you might find yourself listening for distress calls so that you can send out some help. Whenever something breaks, you’ll probably need to know how to fix it. Prior to it actually breaking though, you’ll want to know how to maintain the radio equipment. Furthermore, there are some routine tests that will also need to be ran.