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Sep 20, 0:41 PM

Last week we celebrated Mark Miller, a dedicated employee owner who has been with ComSonics for 40 years!!! Mark started in September 1977 in Line repair rebuilding amps and worked his way into repairing power supplies. Within about a year he began working in the Headend area doing repair and alignment of Jerrold Commander 1 processors. These were vacuum tube processors that had an agile input and a single channel output. Each one got all new tubes (13 to be exact) and was placed on burn-in for a day before alignment began. Alignment and a power supply rebuild took several hours. Next was some of the newer SA (Scientific Atlanta) 6100 Processor and then 6300 Modulators and Demodulators. Mark was sent to Kissimmee, Florida to repair and align a whole Headend of 6101s near were Disney World is today. This was the first field job that he did for repair. With his experience at this point, Mark worked on a large variety of equipment including tube amplifiers, field strength meters, test equipment, strip amps, and many other odds and ends. SA started producing more lines of modulators and processors and Mark lead the way on these repairs. At about the same time we began working on TVRO equipment and our repair organization really began to grow. During the mid-80s, Mark spent a few years helping to develop the original Window meter. He brought a lot of electronics and RF knowledge to the table and was a valuable asset in getting this project completed and into production. After returning to Repair, Mark went to second shift. He was the Group Leader and he grew many employees into knowledgeable and capable technicians. Several of these technicians are still current employees. Mark also worked with the technicians in the Power Supply group. This line of equipment was becoming much more complex and our repair efforts were faltering. He worked through the technical details, trained several technicians, and got us through another technical crunch in a profitable manner. Probably, one of the biggest challenges that Mark met was the successful implementation of Fiber repair in the 2000-2001 time frame. The first piece of Fiber was shipped on 10-31-2001. Research began several years before this, but pulling all the equipment and knowledge together took a few years and a lot of hard work. Since that time, Mark has continued to focus on Fiber repairs and has worked to grow that department to our current 6 employees. For fun and entertainment, Mark enjoys boating, playing music, golf, and spending time with his wife Jayne and family. Pictured is Mark Miller (left) with Brian Slough (right) and the first piece of fiber equipment ever to be repaired at ComSonics.

Sep 15, 2:14 PM

Sep 15, 2:14 PM

Sep 15, 2:14 PM