I like to call myself a ZODIAC specialist. After all that is what has kept me busy for the last 40+ years or so. I started my life with RF communications in 1969 with Svenska Tokai AB located at Sickla Kanalväg in Stockholm after having finished my military service. Later, after the Tokai company in Japan went bankrupt the name of the Swedish company was changed to Zodiac Svenska AB on the 1st of January 1971. In the meantime Zodiac had started its own company in Japan, Hokuto Denshi in Shizuoka, with former employees from Tokai. New heaquarters were planned in Switzerland at Brünigstrasse 119 in Sarnen (canton Obwalden), later in newly built premises at Stanserstrasse 109 in Kerns from Summer 1972. In the same year I got the opportunity to move to Switzerland and work with Zodiac Funksprechgeräte AG in Kerns. I left Zodiac Svenska AB towards the end of September and moved to a nice apartment in Sachseln overlooking the Sarnersee (Lake Sarnen).
My first visit to Japan was in 1975. That was a challenging job which I liked a lot, but fate took me a different path: In 1976 I thought I had had enough of Switzerland and I had landed a job with Siemens AG in Stockholm, but I had to give that up because I had got an opportunity with Zodiac to move to Japan for at least 6 monts in 1976 to look after the tecnical side on location. After that and a couple of years in Switzerland and unhappy with the directors of the company after Mr. Grahn had left the company, I got myself a job in Aarau in the north of Switzerland in May 1978 where I was selling automation systems made by Sprecher & Schuh to the Scandinavian markets. That job was quite boring, and I came back to a newly structured Zodiac in May 1979, which now was called Zodiac Communications AG, but still located in the same place in Kerns.
When Zodiac Communications AG was sold to a Norwegian firm in 1981 I left for Japan again and worked there with my newly started company IBIS Consultants. This business continued for more than 10 years including development of transceivers and keeping track of our suppliers in Japan. I also was in charge of the PTT approvals around Europe and was generally very busy. Then in 1989 we experienced the unlucky situation when some people turned the Zodiac group upside down by starting up Shinwa Europe and used all of Zodiac's products, trying to push Zodiac from the market. At that point, in 1990 and 1991) Zodiac needed to source new suppliers and I was heavily involved in this, having to copy our own products and continue to market them in Europe. In 1993 I finally had to sell our house in Shizuoka and move back to Switzerland because of our equipment sources had changed from Japan to Korea, Thailand and Taiwan.
After a year or so I eventually got employed in Zodiac Communications a third time, and after the building in Kerns was sold to Wiko AG, we moved to Industriestrasse 16 in Alpnach Dorf in August 1994 (5?). Due to reductions of personnel in Sweden and Switzerland in 1996 Zodiac decided to outsource the service part from the company so I decided to take over the that part and continue from my home location in Biberstein. Therefore I started my own company Omnirep GmbH and this business continued until 2012. Omnirep GmbH took over the entire service department from Zodiac in 1996, and later it started importing transceivers after Zodiac had disappeared from the Swiss market in 1998. In 2012 we finally decided to move back to Sweden and I sold my house in Biberstein and moved back to Stockholm in November of that year. Now I am retired and live near Stockholm.
Have you got any problems with your Zodiac transceiver? Do not hesitate to contact me, I can fix most problems you might have.
Apart from that I know Zodiac Communictions products, I also have documentation of most of the Zodiac transceivers like:
M-5006, M-5012, M-5026, MEG-1, MOS-01, M-8000, Proline, P-502, P-1603, P-2003, P-3006, P-3106, P-2000, P-2200, P-2600, P-2700, P-2040, P-6000, Z-Line, Z-Scan, Homer 40, Diplomat 23, Diplomat 12, PA-161, PA-162A, PA-166, PA-451, PL-160, PL-460, PA-2010, Profi-6, Consul, P-2000, P-2200, P-2600, M-4040, M-144, M-2006, M-2202, M-244, B-2012, Hunter, RX-32, PA-42, PA-2010, PA-2042, PA-1414, Proline 400B, Proline 100W, PA-182, PA-482, Maycom, MH-430, MH-446, Freetalk Pro, Slimline, Talco SL 160-4, Talco CS 160-4, Talco CS 160-3, AR-108 och FR-100.
I also have documentation of Zodiac's accessories among others:
BE-01, BE-02, BE-3A, BL-702, BL-802, Colibri, SCM-01, SCM-100, SCU, ISTR, VOX-01,
and Zodiac's telephones and PABXes:
Freedom 20, Sigma 300, Sigma 500, Sigma 700, Zodiac Office, Sigma 350, PBX-11 och PBX-120