Pepro LLC

December 2014


Did You Know?
While rare, some snow storms, called thundersnow, can include thunder and lightning

In This Issue:

  • Pepro to Speak at IWCE
  • News Flash
  • Product Focus – The Platform Tower
  • Winter Safety Tips
  • Pepro Installs 16 More Radio Sites Across the Western US
  • Tell Us Your Lightning Story

Pepro to Speak at IWCE

Mark your calendar! Our electrical engineer Gerardo Ruiz will be part of the workshop covering Tower Infrastructure Management on Tuesday, March 17, from 8:30 - 12:00. The panel will explore the factors to consider when selecting towers to improve coverage, towers’ role in FirstNet deployment, a site’s value in that location, remote monitoring and signal strength, cooling, shelters, grounding and more. We hope to see you there!

Urgent Communications
Improved worker safety an opportunity for employer cost savings, former OSHA head says

Potential cost savings in the area of healthcare and worker’s compensation could one day elevate the importance of safety within organizations, says a former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

There are myriad ways that injuries can increase expenses for a company, from the work time lost by the employee to replacement costs for damaged tools and equipment to the failure to meet a production deadline, said Edwin Foulke.

Despite AT&T Slowdown, Tower Industry Was Robust in 2014

Despite news of a slowdown at AT&T and delays at Sprint, this year seems to have been a stellar one for the tower industry.

Mission Critical Communications
Inspector General Report Finds FirstNet Public Disclosure, Contracting Inadequacies

The Department of Commerce Inspector General found that the First Responder Network Authority confidential and public disclosure monitoring procedures were inadequate during its start-up years in 2012 and 2013. In addition, some board members didn’t file timely public financial disclosure reports, and its contracting practices lacked transparent award competition and oversight.

Product Focus – the Platform Tower

The Pepro Platform Tower is a configurable, all-inclusive radio site that can be towed nearly anywhere, trusted in extreme situations, and removed with no lasting impact on the location. Thanks to the enclosure’s Faraday cage construction, the site needs no external grounding or additional RFI and EMI protection. Optional features include a 50-foot unguyed tower, HVAC, power source options and Pepro’s patented shielded cable entry gland.

The enclosure’s sturdy welded aluminum uni-body design can be configured for any situation that calls for deployment in remote, hidden or restricted locations. It does not require any excavation or foundation, eliminating the need for geotechnical, environmental impact and archaeological studies.

Winter Safety Tips

With the holidays fast approaching, it seemed an opportune time to remind our readers about the need to be prepared for the worst when traveling in the winter months. This is important, regardless of the distance you are traveling. Already, this year, there have been extreme weather events which have left thousands of people stranded in vehicles for extended periods. Protect yourself and your passengers by having a winter survival kit in your vehicle. The following lists will help you put together a well-stocked survival kit as well as give you steps to take to further ensure your safety. Happy Holidays and safe travels!

Items for Survival Kit:

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens and boots
  • first aid kit with pocket knife
  • necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • reflective emergency blankets
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
  • small games, toys or books, if traveling with children

Kit tips:

  • Reverse batteries in flashlight to avoid accidental switching and burnout.
  • Store items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.
  • Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold.

911 tips:

  • If possible, call 911 on your cell phone. Provide your location, condition of everyone and the problem
  • Follow instructions: you may be told to stay where you are until help arrives
  • Do not hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next
  • If you must leave the vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see.

Survival tips:

  • Prepare your vehicle: Make sure you keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Be easy to find: Tell someone where you are going and the route you will take.
  • If stuck: Tie a florescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow at a distance. To reduce battery drain, use emergency flashers only if you hear approaching vehicles. If you're with someone else, make sure at least one person is awake and keeping watch for help at all times.
  • Stay in your vehicle: Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You might become lost or exhausted. Your vehicle is a good shelter.
  • Avoid Overexertion: Shoveling snow or pushing your car takes a lot of effort in storm conditions. Don't risk a heart attack or injury. That work can also make you hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation value, making you susceptible to hypothermia.
  • Fresh Air: It's better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle's exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car. Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Keeping a window open a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.
  • Don't expect to be comfortable: You want to survive until you're found.


Pepro Installs 16 More Radio Sites Across the Western US

Pepro installed 16 new sites in national forests and parks in eight states including California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Installation of Pepro radio site equipment takes less than a day to complete, often less than four hours. As part of its service, Pepro will also remove an existing structure that has fallen below safety and service standards. Pepro began offering its installation service in 2011 in response to customer demand for completely hands-off site ordering that eliminated any risks, delays or liability resulting from handling installation with their own staff.

“Our customers know that the Pepro service team will get everything right the first time, and leave the site in perfect condition for long-term service,” said Kelly Lander, president of Pepro LLC. “We knew when we introduced installation service that our people needed to be as reliable as our shelters, and this team has made us proud.”

“Each year we see an increase in requests for our comprehensive installation service, because while nearly anyone can install our equipment, the logistics that go with remote sites can be a challenge,” said Colt Burk, field engineer Pepro LLC. “By taking responsibility for a fast and hassle-free installation, we can take one more worry out of our customers’ minds.”

Thanks to the design of the Pepro shelter, there is no environmental impact to the radio site locations. There is no need for a poured concrete foundation that will far outlast a traditional shelter. In addition, the equipment protection in Pepro’s Faraday Cage design offers the best protection available from lightning strikes, EMI and RFI – an important consideration given the location and exposure of these sites.

Tell Us Your Lightning Story

Have you had a site suffer from the effects of lightning? Visit our submission page or send us an email with your story to be included in a future edition of the Pepro Update!