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2 ND QUARTER 2011VÉÇzÜtàâÄtà|ÉÇáCOM/RAD


Primus will be celebrating 30 years in August!Read more on how we will be celebrating innext quarter’s PrimeConnection!What Can You Expect From Primus?Six years ago I found myself asking this exact question. I was a young, single guy searching for a job.I had bounced from one entry level position to another, as many misguided youth did on their questfor the perfect career. I remember sitting in the interview, listening to Michael Johnson, President ofPrimus Electronics, explain what Primus did and how they did it. He spoke about the Wireless Industrywith passion and excitement, using words like Integrity, Honesty, Commitment, and Service. Itwas at this moment that I knew I had found my home. I was filled with the same enthusiasm asMichael Johnson was, but had no idea what a life changing journey I was about to embark upon.This was the beginning of a life I had not known before and a career I had only dreamed of.The values instilled by Michael Johnson and Primus Electronics affect everybody involvedwith this organization, from our staff to our customers. We pride ourselves in being more than customerservice reps taking orders. When you pick up the phone to call Primus, you get a human beingon the phone. You will never hear, “This call is being answered by Audix!” Our sales staff serves astechnical support with knowledge of your needs and our goal is for you to experience the ultimatelevel of service, every time you pick up the phone to call us.We are constantly making changes to better support you. We recently extended our hours of operationfrom 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. central time. We have added new PIM testing gear to our product line andour inventory is continually growing. Whether you are looking to outfit a new climber or a completeraw land site, Primus has what it takes to make it happen.As the Inside Sales Manager, I commit to providing you the highest level of service, quality products,on time deliveries, and the most knowledgeable staff in our industry. My family and I depend`` on Primus - you can too!Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you. We value your business!Sincerely,Doug Salvatori, Inside Sales Manager2 PrimeConnection | 2 ND QUARTER 2011


PRIMUS ELECTRONICS4180 E Sand Ridge RoadMorris, IL 60450Phone: (800) 435-1636Fax: (800) 767-7605PRESIDENTMichael JohnsonREGIONAL SALES MANAGERSChris Pleibel - Northeast Regioncell: (610) 745-4491cpleibel@primuselectronics.comRob Menees - Midwest Regioncell: (217) 840-1887site-specific@comcast.netGerry Fritzke - Northwest Regioncell: (360) 921-5945gerryfritzke@comcast.netDiane Mueller - Tower Sales Rep.cell: (815) 351-0355dmueller72@aol.comGordon Nelson - Territory Manager NEcell: (301) 785-7740gnelson@primuselectronics.comSALES AND MARKETINGDoug Salvatori - Inside Sales ManagerShannon O’Connor - Marketing ManagerEDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORSDavid Fuechsel with CSC, Mark Conoverwith SKYLOTEC, Todd Hancock with PremierMounting Solutions, Ed Folta withCom/Rad, Andrew Solutions, Laird Technologies,Sinclair Technologies, and GordonNelson and Shannon O’Connor withPrimusINSIDE THIS ISSUEjxÄvÉÅx àÉ à{x gxtÅ4Primus is excited to announce the hiring of Gordon Nelson asOutside Sales Territory Manager, reporting to Chris Pleibel,Regional Sales Manager, Primus Electronics, Inc. Gordon willassume a sales and customer support role, primarily in theNortheast region.Previously, Gordon worked as an IT Risk ManagementSupervisor at Vanguard Inc. and Sony Corp. where he performednetwork risk assessments and interfaced with IT andbusiness management.Gordon can be reached at (301) 785-7740 orgnelson@primuselectronics.com.EDITORShannon O’Connor, Marketing ManagerON THE COVERCom/RadWANT A FREE PRIMUS T-SHIRT andCHANCE TO APPEAR ON OURCOVER?Show your industry pride with a freePrimus t-shirt saluting the professionalaccomplishments in the telecommunicationsindustry. Call us with your companyname, address, and sizes requested. Ifyou have additional questions or comments,call (800) 435-1636.TIMES…THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’Are you aware that fall protection standards are changing?7If not, you are not alone.By Mark Conover, SKYLOTEC4 Safety in our Industry Part 2Continued from last quarter, Dave Fuechsel helps teach us how to thoroughly inspect safety lanyards.By Dave Fuechsel, CSC8 Service, Quality Drives Premier Mounting Solutions and Primus PartnershipPremier Mounting Solutions offers customers affordable, durable, and customizable vehicle mountingsolutions now available at Primus.By Todd Hancock, Premier Mounting Solutions8 Cover Photo Contest Winner: Com/RadCongratulations Com/Rad for winning this quarter’s cover photo contest. Learn more about thecompany and services they provide.By Ed Folta, Com/Rad10 Andrew Solution’s Universal Structural Support SolutionsLearn more about the company’s unique designs that not only completely support the antennas,they give the entire tower greater structural integrity.By Andrew Solutions11 Railroad: Sinclair’s Band Pass Filters Available at PrimusSinclair’s FPxxxRxxx-S series band pass, band reject lumped element filters are compact making itconvenient to be installed with other RF devicesBy Sinclair Technologies3


LANYARD INSPECTION GUIDELINE SUGGESTIONSBy David FuechselCSCin our IndustryLast quarter, David Fuechsel, acommercial tower industry veteranfor 25 years, shared his personal storyon how far safety has come in the industryand how it defined his career byteaching others.He also shared with us a detailedharness inspection checklist and inspectionguideline suggestions to thoroughlyinspect harnesses which proved valuableas many requests for additionalcopies were received in the days followingits publication.As promised, Dave Fuechselshares with us how to thoroughly inspectlanyards in this quarter’s editionof PrimeConnection.PART 2InspectLanyardsDavid Fuechsel on arecent trip to a NigerianNavy Operating Base


SHOCK ABSORBINGLANYARDINSPECTION GUIDELINESWEBBINGGrasp the webbing with your hands andbend the webbing, checking both sides. Thiscreates surface tension making damagedfibers or cuts easier to see. Webbing damagemay not show up through a sight (visual) inspectiononly - manual (touch) inspection ofthe lanyard is equally important. Pay attentionto the wrinkled portion of the lanyard.Visual and Touch InspectionX Cuts, nicks or tearsX Brocken fibers/cracksX Overall deteriorationX Modifications by userX Fraying/Abrasions [Allowable 10%]X ✓ Discoloration of material[Dependent on cause of discoloration]X Hard or shiny spots[Indicates heat damage]X Change in core size[Indicates possible fall]✓ Mildew [Clean lanyard]X Missing or popped flag[Indicates possible fall]X Undue stretching [Indicates possible fall]X Burnt, charred or melted fibers[Indicates heat damage]X ✓ Material marked with permanentmarker [Check with manufacturer]X Excessive hardness or brittleness[Indicates heat or UV damage]X Knots in lanyardCLEANING AND STORAGEWipe off all surface dirt with a spongedampened in plain water. Squeeze thesponge dry. Dip the sponge in a mildsolution of water and mild detergent.Work up a thick lather with a vigorousback and forth motion. Then wipe drywith a clean cloth.Hang freely to dry but away fromexcessive heat, steam, or long periodsof sunlight.Storage areas should be clean, dry,and free of exposure to fumes, heat,direct ultra violet light, sunlight, andcorrosive elements.Note: Do not store lanyards next tobatteries; chemical attack on thelanyard can occur if battery leaks.SNAPHOOKSSnaphooks should be the self-lockingtype. Snaphooks are generally prooftested to 3,600 lbs and have a minimumtensile strength of 5,000 lbs.Visual and Touch InspectionX Self-locking typeX Hook or eye distortion (twists,bends, elongations, etc)✓ Latch/keeper should seat into thenose w/o bindingX Latch/keeper distorted or obstructedX Overall deterioration/excessivewearX Modifications by usersX CracksX Missing partsX Rough or sharp edgesSTITCHINGVisual and Touch InspectionX Pulled stitchesX Stitching that is missingX Hard or shiny spots[Indicates heat damage]X Cut stitchesX ✓ Discoloration of stitching[Dependent on cause of discoloration]TAGGING SYSTEMEvery lanyard must have a legible tagidentifying the lanyard, model, date ofmanufacture, name of manufacturer,limitations & warnings.InspectionX Check tag for date of manufacture andremove from service if past adoptedservice life policyX If tagging system is missing or notlegible, remove lanyard from serviceSNAPHOOK LOCKING MECHANISMDisengage locking mechanism and openkeeper (keeper should open freely)Disengage locking mechanism and release(locking mechanism should return toengaged position)SNAPHOOK KEEPERCheck keeper spring action by opening thekeeper and releasing (keeper should returnto closed position without hanging up - itshould not close slowly)Push on keeper without engaging lockingmechanism (keeper should not open)Check to see the keeper is seated firmly onthe snaphook nose - there should be noside play (lateral movement)INSPECTION CHECKLIST NEXT PAGE >>>5


SHOCK ABSORBING LANYARD -POUCH/PACK STYLEINSPECTION GUIDELINESSAFETY Continued from page 5SHOCK ABSORBERS - PACK STYLEExamine the outer portion of the pack.Visual and Touch InspectionX Burn holesX Tears/cutsX Modifications by userX Chemical attackX Obvious signs of deteriorationINSPECTION CHECKLIST- SHOCK ABSORBING LANYARD -Description: Model #:Serial #:Date of Manufacture:Inspector:Date Inspected:Inspector Signature:X FAIL: Initial _______ ✓ PASS: Initial _______REMOVE FROM SERVICERETURN TO SERVICEITEM # DESCRIPTION FAILXShock Absorbing LanyardFlag IndicatorOutside Core WebbingCoreStitchingLabeling (tags)Wear PadsPack/Pouch Style LanyardPouch DamageStitchingEnd LoopsLabeling (tags)Web LanyardFlag IndicatorOutside Core WebbingCoreStitchingSnaphookHook BodyHook NoseGate (keeper)LockEyeHingeSpring (inside gate)Example Lanyard Inspection ChecklistEND LOOPSVisual and Touch InspectionX Cuts or fraysX Obvious signs of deterioration[There should be no damage to loop ends]To learn about inspection guidelines for stitching,snaphooks, snaphook-related topics, taggingsystem, and cleaning and storage, see page 5.PASS✓COMMENTSCRITERIA:X FAIL✓ PASS6PrimeConnection | 2 ND QUARTER 2011Disclaimer: All of the information and advice given in this document is at your discretion to follow. No liability can be attributed to Primus or authorof the material presented. You agree to use such information entirely at your own risk. The author and publisher give no warranty and accepts no responsibilityor liability for the accuracy or the completeness of the information and materials contained in this document. Under no circumstances willPrimus or the author be held responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including,without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for loss of profits, business interruption, etc) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from your useof or inability to use this information or from your reliance on the information and material within the document.


By Mark C. ConoverSKYLOTECAre you aware that fall protection standards are changing?If not, you are not alone.Since 2007, the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code Committeehas been pumping out new fall protection consensusstandards. The ANSI Z359.1-1992 (R1999) Standard has beenreplaced by a family of Standards. From 2007 through 2010,the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code Committee has completedand published a family of eight fall protection relateddocuments or Standards. What’s more, ANSI has already approvedand ASSE will be publishing additional Z359 Standardsfor 2011 with more in the works.TIMES… THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’Some of you may be asking yourself, how does thisconcern me since OSHA regulations have not changed?ANSI Standards are continually changing or evolving as fallprotection practices and/or equipment make advances in theindustry. OSHA regulations change slowly with the last significantchange in fall protection being in 1995 (OSHA 1926Subpart M).Where you may be most affected by ANSI are the “bestpractices” that ANSI Z359 Standards offer. Though ANSIStandards are not regulation, they are considered “best practices”and offer you the opportunity to improve safety inyour workplace. Many large corporations have adoptedthese Standards and expect their contractors to adopt themas well.SAFETY Continued on page 97


Service, Quality Drives Premier Mounting Solutions and Primus PartnershipBy Todd HancockPremier Mounting SolutionsAffordable, durable, customizable:the words any fleet managerloves to hear. And at PremierMounting Solutionsof Merrill, Wisconsin,that is exactlywhat you’ll find.With a recently expandedproduct lineand extended optionsfor laptopmounts, console boxes, push bumpers,partitions, and trunk trays, PremierMounting Solutions is changing thelandscape of service and quality in themounting solutions field.“Our customers say it over andover again,” says Todd Hancock of PremierMounting Solutions. “Our companydelivers service and quality unlikeany other vendorthey’ve worked with.We take pride in that.And we are committedto high levels of qualityand service for ourcustomers.”For fleet mangers requiringcustomized products, PremierMounting Solutions team of engineersand designers can develop a productand have specs to a customer to meetany product need. Because PremierMounting Solutions engineers andmanufactures all products in the samelocation, an idea can go from conceptto the customer’s hand affordably andquickly. All Premier Mounting Solutionsproducts are made in the UnitedStates andare designedandmanufacturedtomeet thedemandsand expectationsof customers.To learn more about PremierMounting Solutions, call your Primusrepresentative at (800) 435-1636.DATES TO REMEMBERAnritsu SiteMaster TM Certified Line Sweep Training2-Day CourseApril 26-27, 2011 in Rochester, NYMay 17-18, 2011 in Joliet, ILUTC ExpoMay 10-13, 2011Long Beach Convention CenterLong Beach, CABooth 441EntelecMay 24-26, 2011George R. Brown Convention CenterHouston, TXBooth 309VÉÇzÜtàâÄtà|ÉÇáCOM/RADCom/Rad, Inc is one of the remaining 2-way shops exclusivelyoffering premier service to the Land Mobile Industry. Com/Rad isalso involved in the Mobile Data business supplying infrastructureand support to Taxi Fleets and other data dispatch applications.Included in their repertoire are credit card systems, mobilevending, mobile data acquisition, and spectrum / repeater leasing.Shown in the picture are (left) Ed Folta, President, and (right)Brad Radecki, Senior Technician, installing a GPS high accuracyreference node used in the surveying industry.For more information on Com/Rad and the many servicesthey offer, visit www.com-rad.com.8 PrimeConnection | 2 ND QUARTER 2011


SAFETY continued from page 7Keeping informed of new ANSI Standards should beparamount in your business. There are many ways tokeep up to date on new ANSI Standards that may affectyou. Here are a few ideas:Buying ANSI Standards: Copies of the Standardsthemselves are not printed on the web. Copies of specificANSI Standards can be purchased through thefollowing publisher organizations: American Societyof Safety Engineers (ASSE) www.asse.org or the InternationalSafety Equipment Association (ISEA)www.safetyequipment.org and elsewhere. The proceedsgo to funding past and present administration offuture Standard writing and publication.Become a Member: Become a member of an organizationsuch as National Association of Tower Erectors(NATE) www.natehome.com, the ASSEwww.asse.org, or the International Society for FallProtection (ISFP) www.isfp.org. These are examplesof non-profit organizations that can help you stay informedby announcing new or changing ANSI Standardsamong other news in safety and fall protection.Professional Trainers: You probably know or maypresently use the services of a professional trainer forfall protection training of your climbers. Your trainingcompany should help you stay informed of new orchanging standards in the industry. This should bepart of your on-going training or re-training.Fall Protection Manufacturer: Your favorite fall protectionmanufacturer should be able to help you stayinformed upon your request. Involvement in the ANSIStandard process is vital to any personal protectiveequipment (PPE) or fall protection manufacturer.Send an email or call a manufacturer about any ANSIquestion that you may need clarification. Some manufacturerwebsites can be a wealth of information also.Website Search, Webinars and Periodicals: Searchengines can be a great way to get info on ANSI Standardsor interpretation thereof. Webinars hosted by industryperiodicals or trade organizations can assistyou in staying informed. “White Paper” articles in industryand trade magazines or posted on websites canbe excellent opportunities for educating yourself onmany of the latest safety issues.Though it may be essential for you to stay informed on all aspects of theANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code, this writer wants you to be acutelyaware of ANSI Z359.1-2007- Safety Requirements for Personal Fall ArrestSystems, Subsystems and Components or more recently ANSIZ359.12-2009- Connecting Components of Fall Protection Systems.Pay specific attention to“ANSI Standards are continuallythe part of these Standards thatchanging or evolving as fallrelates to 3,600 lbs. (16kN)protection practices and/orSnaphook and Carabiner gateequipment make advances instrengths. The gate strength of”the industry.snaphooks has increased greaterthan ten times-3,600 pounds or 16kN /minimum over previous Standardrequirements [ANSI Z359.1-1992 (R1999)].The purpose of the increased gate strength, to 3.6M or 16kN, is toreduce the potential for unintentional disengagement of the snaphook orcarabiner from the anchorage. Perhaps improved gate strength may be thesingle most significant change in fall protection since the requirement offull body harnesses.The security of the gate strength in snaphooks and carabiners hasimproved on all ANSI Z359 lanyards manufactured after November 2007.Therefore, any lanyard you have in-service or in-use manufactured priorto December 2007 may be significantly less effective in protecting you oryour climbers. You may want to consider a lanyard replacement immediately.Your new lanyard, with 3.6M or 16kN gate strength snaphooks orcarabiners, should have a label marked ANSI Z359.1-2007; or ANSIZ359.3-2007; or ANSI Z359.13-2009 depending on the type of lanyardyou purchase - energy-absorbing or positioning.To ensure you are getting the most up-to-date fall protection products,consult a distributor that knows your type of business and is familiarwith fall protection. For instance, if you are a tower climber go to a telecomdistributor and have them assist you with your specific fall protectionneeds. They are likely to have other customer/climbers with the sameor similar needs you require. If not, they know who to contact to getexactly what you require.The local hardware store or construction supply house, though convenient,is not likely to have what you need in stock or be familiar withtower climbing essentials. Talk to a specialist distributor. It will pay off inthe long run and probably save you money getting the right products forthe right job the first time.Mark Conover, an active ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code sub-committeeparticipant, is sales manager for SKYLOTEC N.A., LP inBoulder, CO. SKYLOTEC is a global manufacturer of fall protection,personal protective equipment, and rescue training. For more information,visit www.skylotec.com; (303)544-2120; info@skylotec.com.9


Andrew’s Universal Structural Support SolutionsBy Andrew SolutionsAt Andrew, we know all too well howa poorly designed mount can renderthe highest-performing antenna average.As one of the world’s most respectedproviders of microwave antennas we see itevery day. So when our customers askedus to design structural support systems toensure the best possible performance fromtheir antennas, we approached it from theperspective of an antenna engineer.The results are Andrew’s UniversalStructural Support Solutions — unique designsthat not only completely support theantennas, they give the entire towergreater structural integrity. Less twist andsway means: Better antenna performance;Higher spectrum efficiency; Fewerdropped calls; Lower cost of total ownership;and Reduced OPEX.Andrew’s Universal Structural SupportSolutions is a family of innovativesupport systems that provides the highestlevel of structural integrity for antennasmounted to virtually any tower, monopole,roof top structure, even water tank. It representsa significant departure from pastantenna mounting solutions.For example, our tower face mountsfeature a system of cross-structural supportsand secure mounting channels thatincrease the stability of today’s lightertowers and structures, not to mention creatinga more secure mount for the antenna.As a result, these innovative supportsolutions minimize and, in many cases,eliminate twist and sway that can createantenna misalignment and erode networkperformance. By increasing structural integrity,this new family of mounting solutionsallows the antennas to maintain thehigh level of performance and precisionfor which they are designed.Primus is a proud distributor of qualityAndrew products. For more informationon specifying the right structuralsupport system for your antenna, callPrimus at (800) 435-1636.Laird Technologies Releases New OC51505 Vertically Polarized Direct Mount Omnidirectional AntennaAntenna Designed to Compliment Interior or Exterior Mounted Wireless Network SystemsBy Laird Technologies, Inc.Laird Technologies, Inc., a globalleader in the design and supply ofcustomized performance-critical componentsand systems for advancedelectronics and wireless products,announced the release of its newOC51505 vertically polarized directmount omnidirectional antenna.The antenna operates in the 5150to 5875 MHz band with 5 dBi gainand linear vertical polarization(VPOL). VPOL increases the range ofthe antenna over hilly terrain and alsominimizes the reception of interferinghorizontally polarized (HPOL) UHFand VHF signals that are common indensely populated areas. TheOC51505 is specifically designed tobe used in indoor or outdoor WLANapplications.“The OC51505 is a vertically polarizedomnidriectional antenna thatoffers full 802.11a wideband performance,”said Mark Miller, Laird TechnologiesInfrastructure AntennaSystems Product Manager. “Its 5 GHzbroadband WLAN performancemeasures up to the demands of interiorand exterior mounted wirelessnetwork systems such as those foundon college campuses, airports, hospitals,and transportation centers.”It’s rugged, lightweight; UVwater resistant housing is fitted withan integrated RF connector that isembedded in the base cap for directmounting to WLAN access points.Special venting permits either uprightor inverted orientation in outdoor locations.The OC51505 may also bepole-mounted when separation fromthe AP is required for optimum positioning.An industry leader in the designand manufacture of antennas for mobiledevices and wireless data, LairdTechnologies possesses end-to-endsystem knowledge and employs advanced,proprietary design tools tobring novel antenna designs to marketwith unmatched performance thatmaximize total system performanceand user satisfaction.10 PrimeConnection | 2 ND QUARTER 2011


7 Stages, SMA Connectors, Pass 217-223 MHz, Reject 160-162 MHz• Suitable for closed frequency band signal isolation• Compact construction with SMA connectors• 150 watts power handling capabilityLumped Element FilterPass-Reject FilterFPxxxRxxx-(C) SeriesSinclair’s FPxxxRxxx-S series band pass, band reject lumpedelement filters are compact making it convenient to be installedwith other RF devices. These filters provide superior performancesfor channel isolation between closed frequency bands.They can also be used for both transportation and base station.A variety of models are available in VHF and UHF frequencybands.Standard units are supplied with SMA connectors, but anumber of special mounting and alternate connector and cavityconfigurations are available upon request.Contact Pat Morgan with Primus for more information andassistance in designing a band pass, band reject filter to meetyour specific requirements. Pat can be reached at (800) 435-1636or pmorgan@primuselectronics.com.Electrical SpecificationsFrequency Range (Pass Band) MHz 217 to 223Frequency Range (Reject Band) MHz 160 to 162Passband Insertion Loss dB 0.7Rejection Level (min) dB 70Input VSWR (max) 1.5:1Impedance Ω 50Number of Stages 7Average Power Input (max) W 150Input ConnectorsSMAOutput ConnectorsSMABandwidth MHz 6Environmental SpecificationsTemperature Range ºF (ºC) -22 to +140 (-30 to +60)Mechanical SpecificationsHeight in (mm) 0.75 (19)Width in (mm) 1.45 (37)Net Weight lbs (kg) 0.2 (0.09)Mounting InformationFlange MountLength in (mm) 4.06 (103)


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