Graduated Islip High School in New York in 1972. Became FCC licensed in November of 1972 in Miami, Florida; worked as chief electronic production technician in charge of quality control at Dayton Aircraft, Fort Lauderdale division, in charge of the Eagle and Dolphin emergency locator transmitters.
Attended and graduated Broward Community College with Associate of Arts in engineering degree in 1974, while working as an electronic technician part time.
Continued education on personal time with university-level electronics courses with eventual accomplishment of BSEE equivalent in electronics. Worked as engineering consultant with President Electronics and Stoner Communications and other companies from 1974 until 1978 to help redesign CB and Amateur radio transceivers to meet new FCC specifications. Started designing electronic circuits professionally, as well as inventing new circuit ideas. See list of projects and inventions included.
Opened first business in 1976, "The Delta Base", a mobile communications, audio and security store. Opened second store in 1979, third store in 1981. Designed and installed own design of mobile security and audio systems. Assisted many manufacturers, such as K40 American Antenna, with product development and testing. Left company in 1982.
From 1982 until 1988 was independent service contractor for several consumer service and repair centers. Became ISCET Certified in 1983 per request of the largest one, Lakes Electronics.
Started the Electronic Design Specialists company in 1981 as a consultant engineering and prototype design house. From 1981 to the present time, developed many products such as wireless auto security system, digital ribbon tachometer, automobile engine control computer, computer-controlled sequential lighting system, remote-controlled lighting and appliance control system using telephone system lines, security equipment, medical diagnostic and treatment equipment, and so on. Incorporated EDS in 1986. In 1987, started production of electronic test equipment line which became popular with many TV networks and radio stations, as well as individual service companies, the military and many hospitals and trade schools. EDS was one of the first engineering firms to start using the IBM personal computer to design printed circuits (SmArtwork 1986).
An author since 1986, has written many technical service and engineering articles in magazines such as Popular Electronics, Modern Electronics, Electronic Servicing and Technology, and Radio Electronics / Electronics Now. Published "assembly projects" are the Programmable Light Controller (EDS-63 Christmas Computer), Semiconductor Analyzer (SemiAnalyzer), Telephone Equipment Tester (TeleTester) ProCar Owner-recognizing anti-theft auto security system, the HVAC efficiency-improving and Brownout Protector (A/C Sentry), the Microanalyzer, Semianalyzer and Bus Line Tracer.
As an electronics technician, has extensive experience in the servicing of consumer, system control, audio, and communications electronics that dates from 1972. Experience varies from production and quality control of new products, to master troubleshooter for various service centers to repair units that others could not. Extensive knowledge in the service of digital microprocessor circuit designs, audio, radio and video circuits. FCC second class Radiotelephone license and ISCET certifications were both obtained without schooling, and only at the request of the companies of employ at the time. Of all 12 technicians in the employ of the service company that required them to take the ISCET test in 1983, Mr. Miga was the only one that passed.
As an engineering technician, although without a formal BSEE degree, Mr. Miga studied electronic engineering using university level books and professional training manuals. Experience is mostly in the professional contract designing, debugging and building of prototypes for manufacturers, service contractors, communications and medical electronics companies, and individuals. Specialties include extensive experience with 7400 TTL and 4000 series CMOS, embedded system microcontrollers, discrete and IC based audio and video, and RF circuits.
As a businessman, started and ran three successful auto-electronics and communications retail sales and service stores from 1976 to 1982 (Florida Autosound Corp d/b/a The Delta Base). President and chief operating officer, in charge of purchasing, retail advertising, hiring, training, and firing of employees. Established a good knowledge of marketing, financing and bookkeeping. In 1983, assumed the position of planning manager with Lakes Electronics, changed the structure of retail-based customer service to better cash flow and improve customer-to-technician relationships. Also changed employee expense structure to take technicians from employee-based to independent agent system to reduce expenses. In charge of retail rates and schedules. Helped design larger location for company move in 1986. Retail sales for 1986 were over 300% of 1982 figures. Left Lakes Electronics in 1987. Started a consumer electronics service company in 1988 (Southgate Electronics). Sold Southgate in 1994. From 1994 to 2000, continued service as "Electronic Specialists", a mobile in-home consumer service company, from the original Boca Raton location. After the huge success of the EDS-88 CapAnalyzer, business was relocated to the large West Boca Raton estate. Mr. Miga retired A/V service in 2000, switching the service company 100% to computer sales, service and repair division. From 2000 to 2014, Mr. Miga ran all three EDS divisions from the West Boca Raton estate.
Marketing and Customer Relations:
Mr. Miga has extensive experience with retail advertising using FM radio stations, in magazines, and with direct mail. Mr. Miga wrote all of the radio spots for "The Delta Base" and "Florida Auto Sound" stores, and knows the correct protocol in approaching magazine editors with press releases for new product announcements. Mr. Miga designed all the magazine ads for the test equipment division. Products are shown in trade shows such as the yearly Appliance Tech-Talk appliance service convention, and electronic service trade shows such as the yearly NARDA/NASD convention for electronics technicians.
In dealing with customers, usually other engineers and technicians, Mr. Miga knows when to listen and when to help, and has helped numerous engineers solve problems and complete their designs in short time and on budget. In addition, he has written "how-to" troubleshooting articles, and many "kit construction articles" to investigate a need, and to develop a desire for a product to the kit builders, and this has led to a secondary marketplace for consumers who want commercially availiable units. Public relations and constant networking has also helped to form a well-rounded experience foundation in the entire product life cycle; from idea, to market research, to circuit design, to prototype, quality-control, public relations, marketing, servicing, trouble-shooting, and customer relations. Mr. Miga has been interviewed for his opinions by several local newspapers and local TV stations, and has had his inventions featured on both local (WPLG, WPEC) and national network TV (CNBC).
LIST OF MAJOR PROJECTS BY ORDER OF DATE OF FIRST DESIGN
1969: Multi input sensor module. various sensors, such as water, light and heat could be used to test environmental conditions. Led to Pump-Master and Auto Rain Sentry projects.
1971: Pump-Master. (first design for money). Dual-contact sensor for control of water seepage in basements, to control level using sump pump.
1972: Wireless auto alarm. This used modified CB radio gear to alert a car owner when his auto alarm has been activated. The owner carried a pager made from a small hand-held radio.
1972: Semiconductor analyzer. Used to test for unknown semiconductor device parameters.
1973: Pool Sentry. Designed for sale to pool owners to warn of unauthorized use of pool. Also to be used to detect water level while filling pool. Battery operated, adjustable sensors.
1973: Auto Phone Sentry. This device kept all phones on a line from ringing except for the one telephone it was hooked up to. No wires or modifications necessary to other phones.
1974: Home Security System. Fully solid state, no relays, with time delay exit and entry.
1974: Digital Clocks. Several built, including one for 12 VDC automobile use.
1974: Auto Rain Sentry. Moisture sensor closed auto windows at first hint of rain. Preliminary patent work done, but device was never marketed.
1975: Auto Alarm. First known use of digital combination lock entry disarm auto alarm.
1975: Intruder II. This was a design made for a client who wanted to market a device that would switch a car stereo system speaker from the stereo to the CB radio when a call came in.
1976: Digital sequencer. Fully solid-state sequential power controller for lights. First version was for "Stereo Sound Room" sign in the first Delta Base store. A 12 VDC version was done later for use on Ford autos with worn-out mechanical units (Thunderbird, Cougar, Shelby Mustang).
1977: Digital Doorbell. This was the first programmable tone generator that would sing a popular tune when someone entered the first Delta Base store. Sang "Delta is ready when you are" (old Delta Airlines theme).
1979: Digital cash register. Required employee to enter his code number before cash drawer would open. Improved circuit allowed up to four employees.
1981: Keyless car alarm. Unusual idea that became popular, tap brake pedal after ignition was off to engage, turn ignition on within 10 seconds to disarm. Required no special keys or hidden switches.
1982: Electronic "moving-dot" auto tachometer. Planned to make entire line of digital auto dashboards, but never went beyond the tachometer and voltmeter designs. Public not interested.
1982: Methanol injector computer. Designed for autos that would no longer run on the post-crisis low-octane fuel, this measured engine temperature and RPM and injected variable amounts of a methanol/water mixture into the carburetor. Installed on Mr. Miga's 1969 Thunderbird where it remained until the car was sold in 1998.
1983: Digital engine control computer. This computer varied ignition timing using shift registers and voltage controlled oscillators to vary engine timing using heat and RPM as guidelines. The prototype was also used in Mr. Miga's 1969 Thunderbird to enable it to use unleaded, lower-octane gasoline.
1983: Semiconductor Junction Analyzer. Predecessor to the Semianalyzer test equipment marketed from 1987 to 1997. The third derivative of this design was written about in Modern Electronics magazine in 1987.
1984: Programmable Light Display. Also known as the "Christmas Computer", this was the first known design to establish a light sequencer with coordination, multiple programs, individual speed controls for each program, and very high power capacity. Started the sequenced christmas lights evolution that exists to this day and is considered the original invention. Featured on WPLG Miami channel 10 TV on Christmas 1987. Also written about in Modern Electronics magazine.
1985: Auto power computer. This device turned off the A/C compressor and cooled the intake charge of a turbo-charged automobile with a pressurized methanol/distilled water mixture for more power and to save the A/C compressor and automobile engine from damage while accelerating. Used in Mr. Miga's 1983 Lotus Turbo Esprit and 1984 SVO Mustang Turbo.
1986: Bus Line Tracer. Test equipment that could find a partially shorted or leaky electronic component on a common bus. Written about in Modern Electronics. Became a retail item best seller; updated in 1996 to the LeakSeeker 82A.
1988: Teletester. Test equipment that simulated the phone company central office, used to repair telephone equipment. Also written about in Modern Electronics magazine, and spawned Teletester II and Teletester III.
1989: A/C Sentry. Provided protection to the A/C compressor during power fluctuations, and also reduced electrical consumption by extending fan run time beyond compressor run time. Written about in Modern Electronics, and attracted a firm that wanted a device that did this and more; see the Telecontroller.
1989: Telecontroller. Under contract from ECM (an appliance maintenance company), this device could control a wall A/C unit and lights in a hotel room by the hotel clerk via the phone wires from the lobby. A version of this design is currently marketed by several companies including X10, but Mr. Miga was the originator of this idea.
1990: Sound activated store alarm. Alarm auto-arms when employees turn off normal store lights, activates sirens and outside lights for three minutes with noises from front or rear doors and windows, resets automatically when lights are turned on.
1990: Microanalyzer 76. Test equipment designed specifically for microwave oven technicians. Became the most profitable and best selling item in EDS history, up to the LeakSeeker 82A. Considered the standard, and is used in trade schools for teaching students. Written about in Modern Electronics.
1992: Programmable engine computer. This computer went in line between the car engine sensors and the original auto computer, and allowed the driver to vary fuel injection and timing curves while driving. Never marketed, but should have been, as Mustang owners are currently buying similiar devices in large quantities, mostly for the 5.0 engine. Allows fine tuning of the engine to pass emissions and provide power after engine has had major modifications done.
1993: ProCar One. Originally conceived in 1991, the idea was to stop carjackers with a security system that would recognize a car owner by a resonant card in their pocket. Redesigned system in 1993 and added many features to make ProCar One the most sophisticated (and unfortunately the most expensive) auto anti-theft system available on earth. Written about in Electronics Now magazine, and sold quite successfully in kit form.
1994: Programmable home "Voice-Alert" security system. This eight-zone alarm calls out (through the home intercom system or siren-speaker) which room is violated, or if a smoke sensor is active, between siren blasts. Also calls the home owner with a cellular phone or pager; the pager will show zone number violated; the cellular phone will hear the alarm's voice chip identify zones with violations.
1995: Selective Teletransfer Unit. STU listens in on a call and will selectively transfer a caller to a user's cellular phone or voice mail, using only one phone line, while providing security of the cellular phone number. The user has full control by remote means to allow transfers to occur. Marketing disaster, public not ready???
1995: Incontenance Reminder Pager. Designed for a medical firm to control timely evacuation of nursing home patients without constant supervision by the staff. Resets automatically via infra-red transmitter in rest room. Seriously!
1995: Remote auto-engine starter using factory-installed keyless entry remotes. Contracted by Lexus of Broward, it was the only remote engine starting system that did not require its own remote; Push factory remote's door lock button five times in a 20 second period (S-T-A-R-T), or three times (O-F-F).
1996: Automatic metal plating machines. Automatically senses and sets polarity, voltage and current to match whatever type of metal plating, stripping or activating probe is used. These products were designed to be the easiest to use and the most reliable platers ever, and were sold world wide by a company in Hollywood, Florida as the EasyPlater and Ultimate plater.
1996: LeakSeeker 82A takes over from Bus Line Tracer. Uses a 12 bit D/A converter to automatically calibrate itself to the resistance reading of a defective electrical component and guides the technician to move his test probe in the proper direction on the printed circuit board to locate the exact location of the defective component. Introduced at the NESDA trade show in St. Louis, the EDS-82B version was sold by major electronics distributors.
1997: FB2000T FloodBuster. This device monitored an area for water damage, then called the number programmed, announced the problem and location of the emergency with user-recorded messages. It is field programmable with any telephone, is the size of a pack of cigarettes, and runs for a year on a nine-volt battery. It is FCC part 68 and type 15 certified, and is sold to office building and condominium managers by the Floodbuster company. Uses Microchip MCU.
1997: Designed X-Ray controller system for RAD Source, the originator of the portable X-Ray blood treatment unit.
1997: Designed the CapAnalyzer 88 capacitor analyzer to add to EDS line of test equipment. Uses the Microchip PIC 16xx series microcontroller as system control. Went from idea to prototype in only six weeks. Most recent version was the CapAnalyzer 88A series II, and was the best selling EDS product ever for 17 years, as well as the most-asked-for capacitor tester in the world.
1998: EMS-911 (a.k.a. FB4000) was the first successful combination of the wireless security system and environmental sensor system. Each zone module can monitor for fire, flood, temperature, and panic (at all times) and intruder sensors such as motion and switch-contact inputs (activated with remote keychain transmitter or any of the remote sensors). Up to eight zones per system capability. The receiver calls out through the home intercom system first, then also calls out via telephone lines with user-recorded location information. Monitor all of your homes/apartments all over the world from your home office! FCC part 68 and 15 approved, and was sold in various forms by FloodBuster.
1999 to 2014: Dave designed hundreds of products for the medical, HVAC, robotic, automotive, entertainment, health care, television, programmable lighting, cellular, advertising, security, railroad, metal plating, and many more industries while producing the EDS line of products in the Pompano assembly location. Now a senior and spending time with family and, of course, honing his renovation skills of his West Boca estate, Dave ended the EDS production line and is specializing in OEM engineering and production for other companies. Although no new products are scheduled for sale by EDS directly, Dave is still inventing and challenging himself intellectually, and some new and interesting prototypes like the Electronic Garden, Intelli-Cell and the Adjustable Dynamic Load test fixture are sights at the West Boca estate.