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MP to open new radio engineering facility

MP Angela Smith is to open a new radio engineering facility in South Yorkshire on Friday.

Gaddon Ltd, a radio frequency (RF) engineering and test solution consultancy, has moved into new offices in Penistone, near Barnsley.

The workshop at Hoyle Mill allows Gaddon to carry out general RF and electronic repairs and can be hired out as a test facility by companies that design equipment with Wi-Fi capabilities. Gaddon also plans to provide short courses for adult learners and electronic hobbyists in South Yorkshire.

Founded in 2007 by ex-Royal Air Force chief technician Ian White, Gaddon began designing electronic warfare systems for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and trained engineers in how to use the equipment.

Since then, Gaddon has supported projects in the UK, USA and Australia, working for several major test solution companies from its offices in South Yorkshire. It also runs RF and bespoke training courses in the UK, Australia and USA. Clients include American automation equipment supplier Teradyne and medium-sized test equipment companies in the UK.

Ian said: “To manage the demand of our growing client base we started looking for larger premises to house our specialist testing equipment and offer a complete workbench to our customers with all the test equipment ready to go.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming Angela Smith to mark this exciting new phase for Gaddon Ltd.

“When most people look for new office space fast Wi-Fi is a priority, but for me, it was the opposite. I spent around three months finding a building without Wi-Fi and radio capabilities and at Hoyle Mill, the amount of radio interference is extremely low. This makes it suitable for accurate testing of RF equipment and the perfect place to build our new workshop.

“Radios are everywhere – our phones are a radio system and so are key fobs for cars, but nobody actually thinks to check how these systems work. At Gaddon we now have the space to test this equipment.”

The business will be holding an open day with demonstrations and refreshments on Friday 20 October from 10am to 3pm.

Angela Smith (pictured) said: “I was delighted to be asked to open Gaddon’s new engineering facility in Penistone. It’s great to see a business in South Yorkshire leading the way in radio engineering and designing and testing equipment used by our forces.”

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