Pepro LLC

March 2018


Did You Know?
Lying on the ground increases your risk during a lightning storm.

In This Issue:

  • Come See Us at IWCE
  • News Flash
  • Take Action With Pepro
  • New Pepro Products and Services for IWCE
  • Pepro Goes the Extra Mile for Customs and Border Patrol

Come See Us at IWCE

We'll be in booth 369 when the IWCE exhibition kicks off tomorrow, and we'll have new products for you to see, including the HCLP-400 and the Nano Radio Site. We hope to see you there!

Urgent Communications
AT&T’s Sambar projects accelerated FirstNet buildout—‘a lot faster’ than five years for most of U.S.

AT&T already is deploying cell sites that operate on the 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to FirstNet and expects to finish the buildout—covering 95% of the U.S. population—well before the contracted five-year contract period expires in most cases, according to the AT&T executive heading the project.

Mission Critical Communications
Mitigating Interference in Crowded Spectrum

Bryant said that “while there are still gaps in understanding and agreement during these in-person meetings on what the final network will look like, how much it will cost for public safety to use and the network’s exact coverage areas, these are exactly the types of questions that should be—and are being—asked and debated at state consultations throughout the country. Public safety must be included in these conversations and we appreciate FirstNet’s engagement with the public-safety community over the past year.”

Mission Critical Communications
Public-Safety LTE Pilot Exposes Necessity of Private Network

Public-safety organizations should consider a few things when dealing with potential 800 MHz interference.

If selected for testing, what testing approaches should a public-safety agency request of an 800 MHz cellular carrier to assess the potential for interference from broadband cellular deployments? If an 800 MHz licensee experiences interference to its operations that appears to be the result of nearby cellular signals, what should it do?

Government Technology
Initial Reports Are Positive as FirstNet Buildout Continues

With FirstNet on track to complete its core network on schedule this quarter, the dedicated, nationwide first responder platform is seeing a markedly positive response from local agencies that, like the states and territories that unanimously opted in, are making their own affirmative choices.

Take Action With Pepro

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.” At Pepro, it has been our mission to provide the vessels needed for the telecom industry to take action. Whether it is a cell site at the top of Mt. St. Helens, or an LTE site on the border in the southwest desert, or a mobile COW for restoring communications in the middle of a metropolitan area, or even a Nano Site set up by 2 workers in the middle of a parking lot, Pepro provides these and many other engineered solutions so you may “take action” to secure and ensure your problem free communications.

Shielding makes the difference! Not only are the Pepro solutions the most readily deployable, environmentally friendly and robust in the industry, but they stand alone in mission critical applications. Our patented, Mil-Spec shielded enclosures have made and continue to make all the difference in mission critical situations. Our shielding standards provide our customers with the assurance that lightning, RFI, EMI, EMP and PIM, will not compromise the communications.

Please be sure to stop in and see us at IWCE Booth #369. Our crew will be happy to talk to you and assist you with some of your telecom issues and applications.

- Kevin "Gab" Garmong, Vice President of Pepro, LLC

New Products and Services From Pepro

At IWCE, Pepro will be announcing two new products and a new service designed to smooth the path to better public safety communications.

The HCLP-400 is a compact and low profile mobile site designed for rapid response to fill coverage gaps and restore communications after natural disasters, as well as any other situation where a rapidly deployable solution is needed. It is specifically designed to be LTE and FirstNet ready. The unit is completely self-grounded while in use, requiring no additional time or equipment for safe deployment.
The HCLP-400 is a low-profile mobile site, standing seven feet tall when the integrated articulated tower is lowered for easy mobility. The tower can be quickly and easily raised from the ground with all antennas and equipment already attached. The full system is deployable by one person in as little as 15 minutes. As with all Pepro products, the HCLP-400 is designed for reliability and durability.

The Pepro Nano Radio Site is designed to provide a complete site solution in a compact, lightweight unit, offering the highest level of protection with the lowest completed cost. Like all other Pepro enclosures, the Nano Radio Site provides shielding against lightning, Radio Frequency Interface (RFI) and Electromagnetic Interface (EMI) through the use of Faraday Cage technology. The fully-integrated site is ideal for hard to reach locations and situations where limited range technology leaves coverage gaps. It can easily be delivered and deployed by two people. The lightweight all-aluminum welded uni-body design allows the site to be deployed by ATV, pickup truck, or helicopter to a wide range of locations. It requires no foundation or excavation, which eliminates the need for geotechnical, environmental impact, and archeological studies. Available sizes and dimensions range from 5 RU (26 3/4"W x 18"H x 31"L) to 25RU (26 3/4"W x 53"H x 31"L).

Pepro is also introducing Custom Engineered Solutions for integrators, commercial enterprises and government agencies. These entities often need Pepro's core technology, quality and expertise, but the existing product line does not meet their specifications. Pepro will work with customers to deliver a custom solution that provides the protection with the product and service they require.

Pepro Goes the Extra Mile for Customs and Border Patrol

Customs and Border Patrol tactical communications was tasked with providing radio service to remote areas that put unique demands on the shelters used. The locations could take hours to reach, even by helicopter and beyond the challenges of getting a site up and running, the agency needed to minimize the number of times the team would have to visit the site afterward. If a shelter gets struck by lighting, or even needed fueling, it's very hard and expensive to service it. Further, there were demands on how the site was installed. Environmental regulations regarding digging on the site and even the visual impact on the location had to be addressed.

According to a technical manager for wireless engineering, CPB was looking for shelters that could be airlifted to sites, install easily and run autonomously. They determined Pepro was the only company that fit the bill. Most of the shelters in the market are concrete boxes, which wasn't feasible given the demands of installation and protection from lightning and other threats.

The site was staged at Pepro's facility in Oil City, Pennsylvania to show the quality of the manufacturing, how the site would be deployed and how it operates, then it was packed up to be installed on site. The team had a short build season, so the site surveys, design and the staging were done in advance to focus installation in the available time. Under extreme conditions, the Pepro team, together with members of the CBP team, camped out on site for a week to get the site operational.

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!