Mr. Gray has worked for the City of Fort Lauderdale as the Assistant Telecommunications Manager/Radio Systems Manager for over 21 years. One of his first tasks was to address a continuing lightning damage situation at the radio system prime site. Approximately $60,000 in lightning induced surge damage was occurring each year. After implementing his grounding and bonding solution, damage dropped to approximately $5,000 per year. In addition to the day-to-day operational responsibilities he has for the City’s multiple radio systems, his responsibilities include Bi-Directional Amplifier plans review, field inspections, and system acceptance verification. Fort Lauderdale has had an Ordinance addressing interference to the City’s communication networks for well over 21 years. Mr. Gray has written guidance documentation to provide BDA installers with best practices and non-interference requirements. This document is continuously being updated to address new NFPA requirements as they are published.
In addition, he is the Technical Consultant to the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals (BORA) BDA Sub-Committee where he provided valuable assistance in the development of the Broward County Building Code Chapter 1, Section 118 that regulates BDAs within Broward County. He continues to provide valuable technical guidance to the Committee when requested.
In addition to his City responsibilities, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Florida Region 9 700 – 800 MHz Planning Committee, assisting public safety entities with licensing in dedicated 700 and 800 MHz public safety spectrum.
His extensive expertise in radio communications developed from his early work in the Avionics field, installing radio, autopilot, and other aircraft electronics systems into general aviation craft. This was followed by a ten-year stint at a Motorola franchised radio repair facility where he was responsible for all of the Motorola customers within Midland County, Michigan. This was followed by ten years at The Dow Chemical Company where he was responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of a Motorola Trunked Radio System, as well as other conventional radio systems and video process monitoring systems, serving the communications needs of the operating plants within the Michigan Division. During this time, he was also serving in a volunteer capacity as the Communications Officer for the Midland County Emergency Services Department with the responsibility to write the Communications Plan section of the County Emergency Operations Plan.
Gary holds a General Radio Operator’s License from the FCC, granted in 1975, and various Amateur Radio licenses, from Novice up to the General Class License he holds today. Gary is active in his local Amateur Radio community assisting with the installation, maintenance and operation of eight amateur radio repeater systems in the greater Fort Lauderdale area.