UNIVERSAL ADAPTER KIT
Second Quarter 2009
NEW Elk River’s EZE-Man
Andrew Sector Frame Challenge
nd Network Protection
on winning the photo contest!
BUY 3 GET 1
on DBI-SALA’s ExoFit XP Harnesses
• ETMS-PTC / 220 MHz Antennas
• Ritron Clean Cab Radio at Primus
• Kitting Convenience
• PSE Amber/Code 3 Products
4180 E Sand Ridge Rd. • Morris, IL 60450 • 800.435.1636 tel • 800.767.7605 fax • www.primuselectronics.com
SAC Wireless is
and wearing Primus
Primus would like to congratulate and thank SAC Wireless for entering and winning our Cover Photo Contest this quarter.
About SAC Wireless
SAC Wireless is recognized as one of the nation’s premier
providers of wireless network deployment and project management
services. Since 1996, the company has been delivering results
for the wireless community, on-time, on-budget, and with the
quality required for today’s wireless networks and infrastructure.
SAC Wireless self-performs its services: They are the site development
agent negotiating the rooftop lease, the zoning agent
in the community hearing, the expediter pulling the permit, the architect
developing solutions for a stealth site, and the engineer
working rev g of the structural analysis. They are the site supervisor
managing the 2 a.m. maintenance window, the tower climber
on site in the cold of winter, and the technician commissioning the
The company’s teams are the first to begin work, the last to
leave, and the one to call for the right result. At SAC Wireless,
they make wireless networks work.
Pictured in the photo are key members of the company’s team
utilizing the SAC Wireless Training Facility in Schaumburg, IL.
Their indoor Training Facility is staffed by the company’s internal
certified instructors providing all of their tower climbers, technicians,
and civil crews with the following certifications: Com Train,
CPR/First Aid, Rigging, OSHA 10, RF Safety, Forklift and Manlift,
and Trenching and Shoring. For more information about SAC
Wireless, visit www.sacw.com.
MESSAGE from the President
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Primus
Electronics Co-Founder Robert Cranmer. Mr. Cranmer along with
Dr. Michael S. Greenwald founded Primus in August 1981.
Mr. Cranmer resigned as President and sold his interest in
Primus in 1991. While it has been some time since Bob has had
involvement in Primus, his substantial contributions to our early
years are felt and appreciated to this date.
Mr. Cranmer is survived by his wife Patty and their three children
as well as seven grandchildren.
We will miss the man that the industry had come to affectionately
know as “Big Order Bob.”
Robert E. Cranmer
1937 - 2009
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End-to-End Network Protection thru Primus and Transtector
Power and Signal Integrity Solutions
Primus is a proud distributor of Transtector Systems products which provide a complete systems approach for the
protection of communications systems and critical electronics from lightning and power anomalies. Transtector’s
comprehensive product portfolio includes ac, dc and high speed data and signal protection. From the network hub
to the radio access network, Transtector provides industry leading power and signal integrity solutions.
Silicon Diode Leader __________________________
Silicon diodes provide the best protection for sensitive electronics;
other technologies degrade over time and allow surges to damage
equipment before reacting. For high amperage applications,
Transtector also offers numerous devices with MOV back-up configurations
that leverage non degrading silicon technology with robust
MOV current handling capability.
Protection Solutions __________________________
Transtector Systems, communication protection solutions offer
designs engineered to electrical performance and safety standards:
• UL 497, 497A and 497B • IEC 61000-4-5
• UL 1449 • EN 61000-4-5
• GR 1089 • Motorola R-56
• IEEE 802 • RoHS
• IEC 61643 • MIL-STD 188-125
Data and Signal Protection _____________________
Transtector’s data and signal surge protectors are designed for
maximum signal throughput, low let through voltage and high
surge current capacity. We offer modular rack mount, DIN rail
mount, panel and surface mount configurations in both indoor and
• Digital loop
• RS-232, RS-422,
DC Surge Protection __________________________
Transtector’s dc surge protection portfolio is engineered for performance
with proprietary silicon avalanche
diode technology. The dc portfolio
includes low voltage dc, 24 Vdc, 48 Vdc
and high voltage dc protectors in indoor
and outdoor enclosures, including rack
mount and DIN rail.
AC Surge Protection ________________________________
Transtector is the industry leader in high performance ac protection
of critical electronics. Our product offering includes ac panel,
equipment and signal protection in self contained enclosures,
modular DIN rail, and rack mount configurations.
• 120 V Single Phase
• 120/240 V Split Phase
• 120/208 V Three Phase Wye
• 240 V Single Phase
• 240/415 V Three Phase Wye
• 277/480 V Three Phase Wye
• 480 V Three Phase Delta
Integrated Power Protection Cabinets ____________
Transtector’s Integrated Power Protection Cabinets provide full
functionality for quick site setup and termination of both electrical
and communication utility feeds. They include ac, dc and data/signal
surge protection options for commercial applications, including
indoor and outdoor telecommunication sites.
Transtector provides exceptional lead time, on-time delivery
and value for options based power distribution and telecommunications
AC Power and Telecommunications Combination
H-frame or wall mount 64” NEMA 3R enclosure
• Telco chamber with plywood backing for customer equipment
- Multi-position ground bar
- Cable management raceway
• 24 position, 200 A, 120/240 V Square D load center
• Integrated ac surge suppression
• Manual transfer switch - utility/generator
• GFCI convenience outlet
• Appleton generator receptacle
• Pad lockable handle
• 135° wind stop on door
• UL 891 Listed
TSJ X6 A ___________________________________
Six port, modular, RJ-48 (RJ-45 compatible), high performance
silicon diode T1/E1 span surge protector
Transtector’s TSJ X6 A is an advanced high speed, high current
silicon surge protector for six T1 spans. Utilizing Transtector’s
proven proprietary technology, the TSJ X6A is a compact, high
performance RJ-48C (RJ-45 compatible) protector for transmit
and receive (1,2) and (4,5) data lines. The SASD (silicon avalanche
suppressor diode) technology is more effective and
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Mark Conover, Elk River
EZE-Man Auto Descent
Rescue Device with Hub (Lifting Function)
Elk River, Inc. introduces the EZE-Man® Auto Descent / Self Rescue Device which is designed for emergency high-angle rescue from a
wide variety of elevated work areas. The EZE-Man Auto Descent Device has an automatic controlled descent of 3 ft. (0.9 m) per second
with bi-directional design – one end of the lifeline descends as the other ascends. This device is ideal for self-rescue or multiple
escapes, and approved for two person rescue [2 person rated – 550 lbs. (250 kg.)
total combined weight].
The EZE-Man Auto Descent Device is lightweight but durable, compact, and
in rope lengths of 50', 100', 150', 200', 250', 300' and 350'. Custom lengths are
To receive more information about the new EZE-Man Auto Descent Device or
to place an order, call Primus today at (800) 435-1636.
Part # Part # Description
(With Hub) (Without Hub)
19905 19805 EZE-Man Auto Descent/Self Rescue Device, 50'
19910 19810 EZE-Man Auto Descent/Self Rescue Device, 100'
19915 19815 EZE-Man Auto Descent/Self Rescue Device, 150'
19920 19820 EZE-Man Auto Descent/Self Rescue Device, 200'
19925 19825 EZE-Man Auto Descent/Self Rescue Device, 250'
19930 19830 EZE-Man Auto Descent/Self Rescue Device, 300'
19935 19835 EZE-Man Auto Descent/Self Rescue Device, 350' Without Hub With Hub*
Product ships from factory within five business days after receipt of order.
*Professional rescue training is required to use this device.
While visiting Primus, David Carotenuto (left) and Jeff Miller
(right) with Maxrad/PCTel, present President Michael Johnson
of Primus (center) with an award celebrating 28 years of
working together and congratulating Primus on the completion
of their new headquarters located in Morris, Illinois.
Chris Pleibel, Regional Sales Manager of Primus and President
of the Pennsylvania Wireless Association (PWA), presents
a check for $15,500 from PWA's third annual golf outing
to Penn State Children's Hospital located in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Although plans were not immediately released on
what the donation will be used for, it will be applied directly to
benefit children during their stay at the hospital.
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PRIMUS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association (ALSRRA)
April 26-28, 2009
Red Rock Resort • Las Vegas, NV
If at the show, be sure to visit us at booth 220 to talk with industry
professionals on how Primus can satisfy all of your land, railroad,
and other wireless technology product needs.
May 4-7, 2009
McCormick Place • Chicago, IL
Visit Primus at booth 5519 to learn how the company is supplying
the wind power market with quality safety solutions and more.
Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. (RSSI) Tradeshow
May 18-20, 2009
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center • Nashville, TN
Primus has been serving the rail industry for over 27 years. Visit us
at booth 505 to learn about the quality products Primus offers and
discover why Primus really is the Difference in Wireless Distribution.
CITCA Authorized Climber 8-Hour Class
April 24 - Baltimore, MD & May 8 - Phoenix, AZ & June 12 - Kankakee, IL
Anritsu SiteMaster TM Certified Line Sweep Training 2-Day Course
April 28-29 - Illinois & May 19-20 - California
CITCA RF Safety & Site Hazard Awareness 8-Hour Class
April 27 - Kankakee, IL & May 8 - Pittsburg, PA & May 19 - Phoenix, AZ
Tower Rescue & Competent Climber 3-Day Class
May 20-22 - Phoenix, AZ & June 17-19 - Kankakee, IL
OSHA Construction Industry 10-Hour Class
June 11 - Kankakee, IL
An incredible deal offered quarterly to you in appreciation for your business.
UNIVERSAL ADAPTER KIT
o n l y
Getting tired of reaching for that small adapter
and you can’t locate it anywhere Primus’
handy Universal Adapter Kit will assure that
won’t happen. This kit includes everything you
need stored and protected in a high
quality padded equipment case.
It's available in one easily ordered
part number: PE-Adapt-Kit
The Kit Includes:
• Small Storm Carrying Case (1150-Black)
• N-Female to Din-Male Adapter (194400)
• Din Female to Din Female Adapter (196400)
• N-Male to N-Male Adapter (293650)
• N-Female to N-Female Adapter (293750)
• N-Male to Din Male Adapter (293800)
• N-Male to Din Female Adapter (293900)
• N-Female to Din Female Adapter (294000)
• Din Male to Din Male Adapter (393370)
For additional information
and quick and
easy ordering, contact
Primus at (800) 435-
End-to-End Network Protection
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reliable for sensitive data applications than alternative technologies
such as gas tubes and thyristors.
Superior performance of the
TSJ X6 A decreases maintenance
costs and helps to maximize uptime.
For more information about the
solutions Transtector offers, call Primus at (800) 435-1636.
*Offer valid on all Universal Adapter Kits purchases from April 1 through
June 30, 2009. The savings will be discounted at the time of purchase. Offer not
valid on purchases made before April 1, 2009. No limit on the quantity of kits purchased during
Andrew Sector Frame Challenge
While visiting Primus, guest BeLinda Fadely with Andrew Corporation presented employees with a fun and educational Sector Frame
Challenge. Teams were divided into guys versus girls with the guys having to assemble a standard Andrew sector frame while the girls
were responsible for the assembly of an Andrew Quik-tee Sector Frame. See the teams happily accept the challenge and race to win:
The guys spend a few moments reading the instructions and developing their
...While the girls instantly take the lead by unpacking the parts and following
The guys work seamlessly and take the lead...
...While the girls proudly ask the assistance of Primus employee Ken Davis
to lend a hand helping with the heavier parts.
The guys (l-r) Rich Gebhart, Chris Pleibel, Gerry Fritzke, and Rob
Menees, Regional Sales Managers of Primus, stand proud next to
their assembled sector frame...
...While the girls (l-r) Diane Mueller, BeLinda Fadely (Andrew Corporation),
Shannon O’Connor, Lana Peralez and Jamie Smith with Ken Davis, stand
proud of their accomplishment.
And the winner is:
This wasn’t easy. By the clock, the girls finished their assembly just minutes before the guys. The guys however, took it
upon themselves to examine the girls work and after careful review, noticed that a part was never assembled on the
girls Quik-tee Sector Frame, making them the winners. The girls challenged it by taking it to experts in the Andrew Steel
Division, who declared that the part (PMSL.01 S-Bracket) is only necessary if the Quik-tee Sector Frame is going to
pivot or is mounted on a tapered tower. Since that was never specified in the beginning of the challenge, the girls won.
Congratulations to everyone who participated and a special thanks to BeLinda Fadely for coordinating this fun event.
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John Tim Derek
April 1 through June 30, 2009
BUY 3 GET 1
Take advantage of this incredible savings
offer! Call Primus today at (800) 435-1636.
*Offer valid on DBI-SALA ExoFit XP harnesses, sizes small through extra-large purchased
April 1 through June 30, 2009. The savings will be discounted at time of purchase.
Offer not valid on purchases made before April 1, 2009. No limit on the quantity of harnesses
purchased during the offer.
**Offer includes sizes small through XL.
on DBI-SALA’s ExoFit XP
Buy any three ExoFit XP harnesses at Primus and get a
fourth harness free from April 1 through June 30, 2009.
The ExoFit XP Harness is the industry’s first “truly washable”
harness with removable padding and features a
unique spring-loaded “stand-up” dorsal D-ring with impact
indicator which ensures safe and easy connection. All
sizes** competitively priced at $345.00 each.
Part # Description Size
1110300 ExoFit XP Harness with Front and Back Small
1110301 D-Ring, Belt/Hip Pad and Side D-Rings, Medium
1110302 Removable Seat Sling with Positioning Large
1110303 D-Rings and Quick-Connect Buckles XL
ExoFit XP harnesses exceed industry standards including OSHA and
The Difference in Wireless Distribution
4180 E Sand Ridge Rd. • Morris, IL 60450
m e e t t h e t e a m : ADMINISTRATION
Years at Primus: 2
Accounts Receivable Manager
Years at Primus: 5
Sales Administrative Assistant
Years at Primus: 3
Years at Primus: 4
Accounts Payable Manager
Years at Primus: 6
Primus would like to thank all of their customers and visitors who contributed to making the company’s
exhibit at the National Association of Tower Erectors 2009 Tradeshow in Nashville a great success!
Pictured above (l-r): Chris Pleibel (Regional Sales Manager), Diane Mueller (Tower Sales Representative), Bert Nava (Warehouse Manager), Rob Menees (Regional
Sales Manager), Michael Johnson (President), Travis Kinney (Inside Sales Manager), Rich Gebhart (Regional Sales Manager), and Shannon O’Connor (Marketing
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ETMS-PTC / 220 MHz Antennas Now in Stock
rimus is now stocking the full compliment of locomotive and base station 220
MHz antennas for proposed use in the deployment of ETMS systems by Class
1 railroads. The SD212 series is a 2-bay exposed dipole antenna designed for applications
where moderate gain is required. These premium-quality antennas are well
suited to public safety/public security applications.
The design of these antennas provides for coverage between 118 to 225 MHz in 3
sub bands, 118-138 MHz for civil aviation applications, 138-174 MHz for private mobile
networks, public safety and public security and 220-225 MHz for transportation
The standard connector offered is N male which is terminated on a 1 foot cable.
Clamps are not included, but recommended is the set of #130 clamps.
Contact Primus with your 220 MHz applications and let your Railroad Division
Sales Manager, Gerry Fritzke, explain in detail all the solutions available. Call Gerry
today at (800) 279-8306 or email at email@example.com.
Offset or Bi-directional
Input VSWR (max) 1.5:1
Horizontal beamwidth degrees 210
Vertical beamwidth degrees 34
Average power input (max) W 300
Length/ Height in (mm) 120 (3048)
Width in (mm) 23 (584)
Depth in (mm) 3 (76)
Shipping dimensions in (mm) 124x4x44 (3150x102x1118)
Weight lbs (kg) 16 (7.3)
Shipping weight lbs (kg) 40 (18.2)
Base pipe diameter in (mm) 1.9 (48)
Base pipe mounting length in (mm) 36 (914)
clamps not supplied*
*recommend clamp #130
Rated wind velocity (1/2" radial ice) mph (km/h) 105 (169)
Rated wind velocity (no ice) mph (km/h) 140 (225)
Tip deflection degrees 5.3
Projected area (Flat Plate Equivalent) ft² (m²) 2.1 (0.2)
Projected area (ice) ft² (m²) 3.71 (0.34)
Lateral thrust (100mph) lbs (N) 77 (342.5)
Torsional moment ft-lbs (Nm) 83 (112.1)
Bending moment ft-lbs (Nm) 247 (333.5)
• The SD212 is available in half-wave
configuration (P2) providing 5.0 dBd
gain in a bidirectional pattern, and a
quarter-wave configuration (P4) providing
a 5.5 dBd gain in an offset pattern
(gain varies slightly with frequency).
• Sub bands:
118-138 MHz (F1)
138-174 MHz (F2)
216-225 MHz (F3)
PRIMUS IS NOW THE DISTRIBUTOR *
RITRON CLEAN CAB RADIO
for Class 2, Class 3 and Transit Railroads
RITRON CLEAN CAB RADIO FEATURES:
• Single piece and two-piece models available.
• Uses a fresh, clean-paper design optimized for the
railroad environment instead of adapting an off-the-shelf
• All-metal, rugged enclosure for maximum durability.
• Large, bright, easy-to-read LED display for wide viewing
angle, long viewing distance and ruggedness.
• Automatic dimming in low light environments.
• Front panel push buttons are large and flush mounted to
ensure correct entry and backlit for low light operation.
• Large speaker provides loud, crisp, easy-to-understand audio.
• Oversized easy-to-grasp carrying handle allows for hassle-free radio transport.
• Special emphasis on easy access and serviceability of all internal PCBs and
related electronics. Assembly/disassembly straight-forward by service personnel.
• Supports Wideband (25 kHz) or Narrowband (12.5 kHz) operation.
• Directly supports NXDM TM FDMA digital 6.25 kHz operation with optional plug-in
• Supports data operation with optional modem plug-in PCB.
• Dual front-end design; narrow front-end with dual surface acoustic wave (SAW)
filters for AAR channels and wider front-end for general VHF operation.
• Appropriate front-end is automatically selected for channel/frequency chosen.
• Supports 170 MHz Mexican frequencies via wide front-end.
• Tight RF specifications for urban environments. Frequency stability supports
FCC 6.25 kHz requirements.
• Internal flash memory and program code externally upgradeable.
• High VSWR Alert:
While transmitting, radio automatically shows [ANTENNA] on the display if it
detects an antenna VSWR greater than 3:1. Provides quick visibility of a problem
due to a faulty antenna connection at the radio, the cable or the antenna
itself. Reduces down time and increases safety by ensuring maximum radio
• Manufacturer 2 year limited warranty.
• Completely designed, manufactured, and supported by Ritron’s factory in
Carmel, Indiana USA.
*Primus is the exclusive distributor of the Ritron
Clean Cab Radio for Class 2, Class 3 and Transit
Railroads. Primus also offers a full line of
AAR Clean Cab Radio Accessories.
For more information, contact:
Jack McNutt - K90TB
Railroad Division Manager
2131 Heather Glen Way
Franklin, IN 46131
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rimus now offers customers unique,
easy and convenient kitting services.
Read more about the advantages of kitting
- Kits can be packaged with the customer
supplied number or a Primus number or
- Kits can be packaged individually within
a larger kit.
- Kits can be shipped and wrapped on
- Kits can be shipped to multiple locations.
- Kits can be shipped same day, and off
the shelf if you set up your preference.
- Kits can offer "just in time" delivery.
- Kits can save your company money by
having Primus do the work.
- Kits can save money by reducing the install
- Kits can be "added to" or "subtracted
from" with a simple e-mail.
- Kits can save time and money in an
- Kits allow you to add non-Primus purchased
items into the same kit for a
Primus Makes Kitting Easy
As in many kits, a drawing can be emailed
before a purchase decision is made.
Primus will send a complete list and
price breakdown of all items within the kit.
You can then make an informed decision
regarding the purchase of the kit.
Each item within a kit can be purchased
To learn more about kitting and how to
take advantage of this convenient service,
contact Primus today at (800) 435-1636.
An example of a kit Primus offers is
The kit contains four components which
provides a mounting system for the Clean
Cab Radio and the Head of Train device.
Those components are: Mounting frame,
Clean Cab Radio Mounting Plate, “Mary”
plate and Heavy Duty Rubber Hang-Up
Cradle for a handset.
The kit is then assigned one part number
which makes ordering simple and easy!
Primus Now Offers PSE Amber/CODE 3 Products
rimus is pleased to announce that we have become an authorized distributor of PSE
Amber/CODE 3 Products of St. Louis, Mo.
Since 1974 PSE Amber/CODE 3 has engineered, manufactured and marketed a complete
line of lighting and sound based warning products used by professionals and municipalities,
utility companies, service & transportation fleets, emergency response, DOT's, tow
& recovery, construction & communication, law enforcement and industrial settings.
PSE Amber/CODE 3 has ISO 9001 certification and is considered the most innovative
manufacturer & supplier of warning products in the industry. From basic rotators, strobes
and lightbars to the newest LED technology Primus has warning product solutions to meet
all of your requirements.
For more information, contact the Primus Sales Department at (800) 435-1636.
Hide-A-Blasts provide reliable LED output in head
and tail lights for additional warning flashers. Available
in white, red, blue, and amber, these easy-to-install
lightheads come with 30 flash patterns and are
covered by a 5-year warranty. They also fit in all vehicle
models. Multiple lightheads can also be synchronized.
I just want to say that you
folks, Primus Electronics and your supplier,
Allcom, are two of the easiest places to
do business with I have seen in my 25 years of procurement
experience. Even though we inially ordered
the wrong cables, we returned them and you fixed them
and shipped them back in a few days. Paral shipments that
went to five different locaons - no problems. My invoicing
request will make it easy for us to pay these invoices even
though we changed part numbers, quanes and from
our part, accounng codes to accommodate our internal
sales order challenges.
NICE WORK !
Providing Quality Products
& Superior Service
is our Speciality!
Antenna & Filter Products
Cables & Connectors
Land Mobile Applications
and much more!
4180 E Sand Ridge Rd.
Morris, IL 60450