First Contact Engineering

Management and Engineering Team

Bill Howell, Principal/RF Engineer - has developed wireless and other mixed-signal products for over 30 years including 5 years with Chaparral Communications and 11 years with Diablo Research/Cadence Design Systems. Bill and his two fellow Diablo Research engineers started First Contact Engineering in 2003 where many diverse mixed-signal products were designed. A few samples of these are:

  • 800MHz and 900MHz wireless audio distribution systems used in fitness centers
  • Wireless audio distribution systems OEM modules.
  • 800MHz and 900MHz antenna systems for professional quality wireless home weather stations.
  • Custom designed antenna systems for 13.56MHz, 49MHz, 88-108MHz, 433MHz, 806MHz, 863MHz, 902-928MHz, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • FM band stereo transmitters for MP3 player to car radio audio distribution.
  • RFID tag antenna systems.
  • 18km fiber optic delay line for delay of 100MHz to 2 GHz analog signals.
  •  Modified wireless telephone system currently used in a popular TV game show.
  • PC serially controlled microprocessor based stepper motor driven turntable for RF and optical systems testing.


Extended Engineering Staff- In addition to the core members, First Contact Engineering relies on a broad spectrum of consultants including software engineers, digital engineers, mechanical engineers, PCB designers, and system engineers. This virtual organizational structure enables us to quickly assemble a team with the right skill set for any project. In most cases these are individuals who have worked with us for years on a variety of projects.




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