Telecom

  1. Tower Consumables from Petrilla Technologies

    High Quality Components

    At GME Supply our mission is to keep you safe and productive on the job. We also pride ourselves in having the know-how and capabilities to provide you with all of the equipment to perform your job not only safely, but effectively. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about our full selection of tower consumables.

    Petrilla Technologies


    GME Supply has teamed up with Petrilla Technologies to provide tower consumables. Petrilla Technologies is a certified Service Disabled Verteran Owned Small Business backed by the National Association of Tower Erectors as a top-quality manufacturer of telecom components.

    Tower Consumables


    As we mentioned before, we’ve made a promise to help keep you safe and productive on the job. Part of that promise includes the equipment that you need to do the job once you reach the top of the tower. 

    We offer a huge variety of load cells, dust caps, and other components and accessories for the telecom industry from Petrilla Technologies.

     

    In Stock & Ready to Ship



    We understand that when it comes to tower consumables, you don’t always know what you need until a few days before you start the job. That’s why we keep most consumables in stock and ready to ship the same day. Simply look for this Quick Ship Label to know if we’ve got the consumables you need in stock. For more details about what Quick Ship means and more information on our shipping policies, click here.

    If you’ve got any questions about our selection of tower consumables, or if you’re looking for something specific, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our selection of tower consumables.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Petrilla Tower Consumables: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

     

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

  2. Product Spotlight: TowerPlex Tower Paint

    Painting a tower isn’t like painting most other things. In fact, there is a lot of science (and regulation) that goes into developing a paint that is tough enough to handle the job while meeting federal requirements. We’ve covered the basics of tower paint in this previous blog post. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down TowerPlex Tower Paint.

    TowerPlex Formula


    TowerPlex Tower Paint is formulated to offer durable, long-lasting protection for galvanized towers and other metal surfaces. Our entire TowerPlex line is a pure 100% acrylic emulsion coating that has been thoroughly tested on galvanized and other metal surfaces. Additionally, it meets all federal standards for aviation safe colors. We talked about why you can’t just use any orange or white paint and meet aviation regulations in our Tower Paint 101 blog post which you can find by clicking here.

    How the Paint Works


    The reason why TowerPlex paint is so good for use on towers is because of the alkalinity of the paint itself. The alkaline in the paint allows it to etch itself into the zinc of the galvanized surface. This process allows the paint to form a chemical bond with the tower which subsequently allows the paint to dry quickly and maintain excellent weather resistance.

    Surface Prep


    Before you just grab some paintbrushes or a paint sprayer and start the job, it’s important to properly prep the surface for painting. Every section you are painting must be dry and clean. Make sure that you wipe off any dirt, grime, oil, and anything else that shouldn’t be on the surface. If possible, any spangle needs to be brush blasted or etched with hydrochloric acid until a weathered gray appearance is achieved.

    Primer, Application, and Coverage


    If you are painting an existing tower, be sure to spot prime any rust. If you plan on using TowerPlex paint, the best primer to use is the TowerPlex CC2925 Rust Inhibitive Bonding Primer.

    The paint can be applied from 50 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (10 – 43 degrees Celsius). But, be sure to avoid painting if an overnight freeze is expected or if rain is in the forecast as this can prevent the paint from drying correctly. If the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, make sure that you apply a full wet coat and overlap 50% on each pass to help avoid dusting. Applying the paint can be done with a brush, mitt, or a sprayer. For the best results, TowerPlex recommends two coats over an entire prime base.

    If you think you might need to paint, but you’re not sure if you do or not, you can use the FAA In-Service Orange Color Range Chart to help you decide. Click here for a tutorial on how the FAA Service Chart works.

    Cold Galv Work


    If you need to do any cold galv work before you start painting, we’ve got you covered there, too. Click here to check out our blog post on cold galvanizing compound.

    Click here to see our full selection of TowerPlex products

    Click here to see our full selection of painting gear

    Click here to see our Tower Paint 101 blog post

    Click here to see our full selection of Cold Galv

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    TowerPlex: The Video


    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

    Get Social


    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

  3. 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner: Small Cell Mounting

    3Z Small Cell Mounting

    With the 5G rollout in full swing accurate antenna alignment is going to be more important than ever. This week, our Gear Experts® are going to cover the importance of accurately aligning 5G small cell antennas to maximize high-band mmW frequencies and Massive MIMO beamforming antenna performance.

    5G Challenges


     

    5G is a massive leap in cellular technology that will bring near gigabit mobile speeds. It will open up new opportunities for a range of industries from consumer to public health and beyond. But, as with any leap in technology, there are roadblocks that have to be overcome. 5G brings some new challenges that aren’t as prevalent with typical LTE antennas on a tower or monopole.

    Coverage vs Speed


     

    In dense city landscapes, the deployment of 5G will be carried on the backs of small cell antennas that are mounted on buildings, light posts, or any structure that can be used to support an antenna and position it in the direction it needs to be. The reason for this is because of coverage distance.

    Small cell antennas have an extremely powerful signal strength – and they need to in order to transmit 5G. But, as a trade-off for power, the distance they can cover is severely diminished. That means these antennas will need to be positioned closer to the ground.

    Line of Sight


     

    Carriers are using 5G New Radio modeling software to develop their network and rollout plans. But, this software isn’t perfect when it comes to identifying nearfield RF obstacles that could render the antenna useless. That’s where the RF Vision Antenna Aligner from 3Z comes into play. It features a line-of-sight target camera that can help installers both identify and record potential antenna obstructions when performing on-site surveys. Once you’ve achieved a comprehensive antenna alignment with a line-of-sight survey a report is automatically generated of the site for sharing with the carrier.

    Small Cell


     

    The RF Vision is a versatile aligner and fits most antenna types. It features GNSS dual frequency technology to deliver accurate alignment readings – even in high-density urban areas. But, with that being said, aligning small cell antennas still isn’t a walk in the park. Small cell antennas are typically housed in a cylindrical canister which conceals up to 3 directional antennas.

    Alignment can be easier with the use of the small cell reference plate for the strap clamp that comes with the RF Vision. In fact, the small cell reference plate is so simple to use that you simply attach it and line up the tool with the correct antenna. Let’s go ahead and break that down, too.

    Small Cell Reference Installation and Use


     

    The first step when using the small cell reference plate is to install the rubber bumpers to protect the small cell housing. Next, you want to mount the reference plate on the bottom of the strap clamp pointing in the same direction as the rubber bumpers. Please note that you will need to flip the mounting plate for the alignment tool so that it is pointing in the opposite direction of the bumpers and reference plate.

    Once the tool, mounting clamp, and reference plate are securely attached, locate the reference arrow on the bottom of the small cell antenna. That arrow tells you which direction each antenna is facing within the canister. Line the reference plate up with the desired antenna and strap the mounting bracket down tightly so it can’t be moved. Now, you're properly lined up with the antenna and you can proceed with aligning the antenna.

    If you’ve got more questions about the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool or small cell antenna alignment, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    We’ve covered many of the features, accessories, and financing programs offered by 3Z in past blog posts which you can find by clicking here.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner: Small Cell Mounting – The Video


    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

     

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

  4. Product Spotlight: PPG Keeler & Long Anodic Self-Priming Cold Galv

    PPG is a household name. Primarily known for their paint and coatings, PPG isn’t a name that comes to mind for most people when they are thinking about cold galv. But, through their Keeler and Long brand, PPG offers a full line of Self-Priming Cold Galvanizing Compound. This week, our Gear Experts® are going to break down Keeler & Long Anodic Self-Priming Cold Galvanizing Compound.

    Cold Galv 101


     

    Cold galvanizing compound (cold galv for short) is a single component zinc coating that is used to protect bare steel from rust and corrosion. It is applied like paint, but it’s not paint. It actually gives the same protection as hot dipped galvanizing and it also makes painting a tower easier. Cold galvanizing compound acts as an active coupling to the bare steel parent metal to form an electrolytic bond. In the presence of an electrolyte (aka moisture) the zinc dust in the cold galv will sacrifice itself to protect the steel.

    For a more complete breakdown on cold galv, surface prep, application methods, and more click here to check out our full Cold Galv 101 blog post.

    Keeler & Long Anodic Self-Priming Cold Galvanizing Compound


     

    The Keeler & Long Anodic Self-Priming Cold Galvanizing Compound is a rust inhibitive coating designed for corrosion protection in a single coat. Keeler & Long Cold Galv is self-priming in many applications and will dry when applied in temperatures down to 35 degrees Fahrenheit as long as the temperatures are expected to rise over the following months. The Keeler & Long Cold Galv Compound is usable for coating weathered galvanized or previously painted surfaces of transmission or communication towers, poles, substation structures, chain link fencing, buildings, and bridges.

    Features:

    • Basic Data for Mixed Product at 77-degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees C)
    • Volume solids: 92% +/- 2%
    • VOC (Supplied): EPA Method 24: 0.5 lb/US gallon
    • Dry to touch: 24 hours*
    • Dry to topcoat: 2 months*
    • Dry to handle: 3 days*
    • Shelf life: At least 24 months when stored cool and dry
    • Not recommended for shop application

    *Drying times may vary depending on temperature, humidity, and air movement. Mix thoroughly before application.

    You can access the full datasheet on Keeler & Long Cold Galv by clicking here.

    For more information about cold galvanizing compound, or if you have any other questions, click here to contact our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to view the Keeler & Long Anodic Self-Priming Cold Galvanizing Compound

    Click here to see our full selection of cold galv

    Click here to see our Cold Galv 101 blog post

    Cold Galvanizing 101: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts


     

    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

     

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

  5. 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner Application Guide

    The 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner is a revolutionary antenna alignment device that helps you easily and effectively install and maintain antennas. We’ve outlined many different features about this antenna aligner in previous blog posts. You can find a list of those blog posts here. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the free smartphone app available for download that works in conjunction with the RF Vision Antenna Aligner.

    There’s an App for That


     

    In 2019 there is literally an app for everything and the telecom profession is no different. The RF Vision Mobile App is available on both Android and iOS devices and allows you to control and monitor your RF Vision Alignment Tool with the mobile device that you already have in your pocket. So, let’s break down the app and some of the cool features it has.

    RF Vision Mobile App


     

    Design

    The app features a modern, streamlined design that is easy to navigate and helps you focus on performing the job. When you first open the app, you’ll notice that it looks pretty similar to the navigation menu on the actual device. That’s because you can do virtually anything you would do on the device touchscreen through your phone.

    Connecting the App

    When it comes to connecting the app to the device, 3Z has made it simple. The first step is to make sure that the software on your Antenna Aligner is up to date. Next, enable Bluetooth on both the aligner and your mobile device. Once Bluetooth has been enabled, open the RF Vision Mobile app and select your Antenna Alignment Tool in the menu. Once this process has been completed you should be taken back to the main screen where you can begin controlling your tool.

    Using the App

    Once the connection process has been completed you can navigate the menus just as would on the device itself. You can select the type of antenna you’re working with and entering all of the site information that is required is as easy as typing a text message. You can also see, in real-time, the line of sight target acquisition system as you align the antenna.

    But, the advantages of the mobile app don’t stop there. Easily report to the client that the job has been completed with the user-friendly ability to view, edit, delete, and download PDF reports (with the included line of sight images) straight to your mobile device. This feature makes sending your reports to your client as easy as sending an email from your phone.

    This app makes an already easy to use device even more convenient. If you have any questions about the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool or the RF Mobile App, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    *Users are required to register and download the latest firmware update from the 3Z website in order to use the mobile app. Click here to download that firmware.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Click here to check out the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool

    Click here to see our selection of 3Z accessories

    3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner App: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

  6. Harness Inspection 101

    Whether you are in telecom, wind, solar, or tree care, construction, or any other at-height industry, the harness you wear is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your arsenal. Your harness is the apex of all your equipment. It is where everything converges, and where the perfect harmony of fall protection meets to ensure your safety on the job site. This week, our Gear Experts® are going to discuss how to properly inspect a harness.

    Harness Inspection


     

    There’s an old saying that states that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That saying goes far beyond chains – and in the context of this blog post, it is also true for fall protection. As we said in the opening of this post, your harness is an integral part of your fall protection setup. But no harness will last forever, and sometimes unforeseen events can cause the harness to need to be replaced. That’s where harness inspection comes in.

    Harness inspection is a pretty simple concept – it is the act of reviewing your harness before climbing to ensure that the harness will remain functioning both while you climb and in the event of a fall. The actual act of inspecting the harness can have some mild variance depending on the construction of the harness. The main things to consider are what type of buckle system (pass through, tongue buckle, or quick connect) the harness has and whether it has a waist belt or not.

    Before you start your inspection, we highly recommend having a harness inspection form. A harness inspection form will help you keep records of when you inspected the harness as well as information like the serial number, date of first use, who inspected it, and any other notes about the inspection. We have a free downloadable harness inspection for in our Knowledge Base. Click here for your free copy of the form.

    What to Inspect


     

    Once you start the inspection, what exactly should you inspect?

    Labels & Markings

    The first thing to inspect is the labels and markings. Are all the labels intact? Do you have all the appropriate ANSI, OSHA, & CSA markings required? What is the date of first use? Has an impact indicator (sign of deployment) been triggered?

    Hardware

    Next, we want to start looking at the harness hardware. What condition are the shoulder adjustment buckles in? What about the leg and waist buckles? What about the other hardware the harness features? The D-rings should be closely inspected as well (the dorsal, side, shoulder, and/or sternal). Lastly, is any of the hardware corroded, pitting, or nicked?

    Webbing & Stitching

    The final piece of the puzzle is to inspect the webbing and stitching. What condition are the shoulder, chest, leg, and back straps in? Does the harness have any cuts, burns, or holes? Is there any paint contamination? What about excessive wear, heat corrosion, or UV damage? How is the stitching and is it affected by any of the above checks?

    Retiring a Harness


     

    The purpose of inspecting a harness is to make sure that the harness can handle the job it was meant to do. If the harness fails inspection that means it is not in compliance with ANSI requirements and should be retired and replaced immediately.

    If you’ve got questions about harness inspection, or if your harness has failed inspection and you’re looking for something new, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to download your free harness inspection form from our Knowledge Base

    Click here to access our full selection of inspection forms

    Click here to see our full selection of fall protection harnesses

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any Fall Protection Equipment is used.

    Fall Protection Harnesses: The Playlist


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

  7. Fall Protection Rescue Kit Buying Guide

    It’s no secret that climbing towers for a living is a dangerous job. While we would all like to believe that accidents don’t happen, we know they do. Being prepared for emergency situations is not only important but also required by law. Finding and sourcing all the equipment needed for your rescue “kit” can take up too much of your time. Here at GME Supply, we know your time is valuable. That’s why we carry a full selection of pre-assembled rescue kits. In this blog post, our Gear Experts® are going to go over what things you need to look for in a rescue kit.

    Rescue Kits


     

    Rescue kits are fantastic because they include everything you need to perform a rescue. One important thing to point out is that not every rescue kit is going to be right for every rescue. Beyond that, there may be special circumstances that require additional equipment or highly specialized kits. We will cover that in more detail later. For now, let’s focus on standard rescue kits.

    What’s Included


     

    Most rescue kits are going to come with a standard set of equipment. However, it is important that you check and make sure the kit has the equipment you need and that it meets your specifications. The standard items that will come in nearly every kit are a rope, a rope bag, a descender, carabiners, a pick-off strap (or haul system), and a sling.

    What to Look For


     

    What you need in your kit will be dependent on the situations you encounter the most. No two rescues are the same and that makes a kit that can cover every situation impossible to build. But, with a little help from our Gear Experts® we can have you in compliance and ready to go with a safety plan.

    When looking for rescue kits there are many things to consider. Let’s break down some of the key points that you need to consider before you purchase.

    Rope: When looking at the rope (lifeline) that the kit comes with some key things to look at are rope diameter, length, and color. For more about how to find the perfect rope, click here to check out our blog post all about rope.

    Rope Bag: Your rope bag helps you transport and protect your rope. Some things to consider about the rope bag are material, weather resistance, size, and color. We've got a blog post that covers rope bags, too. Click here to check it out!

    Descender: A descender is a convenient and intricate part of any rescue system. Some things to look for are features like anti-panic, rope compatibility, weight, and certifications.

    Carabiners: Carabiners are a versatile tool and have a range of functions. Things to look for in your rescue kit carabiners are gate style, size, certifications, and load ratings.

    Pick-Off Strap: Pick-off straps help you transfer a load during rescue situations. The most important things to consider for a pick-off strap is adjustable length and MBS.

    Haul System: A haul system can help prevent difficulties when performing a rescue. And when someone’s life is on the line ease of use can make all the difference. Some things to consider when looking at a haul system include ease of use, mechanical advantage, and details about the equipment utilized in the system.

    Specialty and Custom Rescue Kits


     

    Sometimes the jobs you perform are uncommon and require a specialty kit. We feature a selection of different rescue kits that are specialized for certain situations like self-rescues, wind rescue, and crane tech rescues.  If you have a specific type of kit that you need built – we’ve got you covered there too.

    Our state of the art account management system allows us to create custom kits, built specifically to suit your needs. The benefit of this type of system is that next time you call in; you have the same pricing and the same products every time. You don’t have to go through countless emails and talk to 5 different people to make sure that you are getting the exact same kit you got last time because we do that for you.

    Would you like to build your custom kit, looking to get some advice on which kit is best for your situation, or simply have questions? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any fall protection equipment is used.

    Click here to see our full selection of Fall Protection Rescue Kits

    Fall Protection Rescue Kits: Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated
    to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show, and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

  8. Product Spotlight: TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder

    Bob just spent most of his day 200 feet up a tower installing new equipment. He finally got everything hooked up and positioned perfectly. Now it’s time for Bob to pack up his equipment and move to the next job site. Once he got back to the ground Bob found out that some of his measurements were off and the equipment is not where it needs to be. Bob now has to spend the rest of the day fixing that error and pushing his entire schedule back. Mistakes can be costly in the form of lost time, lost wages, and unsatisfied customers. If only Bob had used a laser rangefinder to ensure his measurements were accurate and the job was done right the first time. In an effort to make sure you’re not like Bob, our Gear Experts® are going to break down the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder.

    The TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder


     

    This nifty little handheld device provides extremely accurate measurements that you can trust. And, because of the Bluetooth connectivity and serial port features, it pairs perfectly with antenna aligners like the MultiWave SmartAligner. The 200 Laser Rangefinder has been around for quite some time, but this isn’t your grandpa’s rangefinder. Laser Technologies recently revamped the 200 model. It now takes 50% more accurate ratings than before - with a distance accuracy of ± 8 inches and an inclination accuracy of ± 0.25°. It also features improved target acquisition and higher range resolution. All of this is achieved by using TruPulse’s proprietary TruTargeting Technology.

    More than Meets the Eye


     

     

    The TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder does far more than just measure distance and angles. It also has the ability to measure slope and distance plus inclination in degrees or percentages with the simple click of a button. The rangefinder then uses those measurements to internally calculate a three-shot height routine and a 2-d line routine. This is used to calculate slope determinations and changes in elevation. The maximum range for reflective targets is 2,000 meters while non-reflective targets have a max range of 1,000 meters (that’s around 6,561 and 3,280 feet, respectively). The high-quality optics jam-packed into this device magnify your field of view by up to 7X!

     

     

    Target Modes


     

    The 200 Laser Rangefinder also has five target modes so you can select or eliminate multiple targets. Those target modes are:

    → STD. (Single Shot)

    → CON. (Continuous)

    → CLO. (Closest)

    → FAR. (Farthest)

    → FLT. (Filter)

    Connected


     

    As mentioned above, this device is Bluetooth compatible with Windows and Android devices. It also includes an RS-232 serial com-port making it a perfect tool to pair with an antenna aligner to measure AGL

    All these features make this rangefinder ideal for the telecom, wind-energy, and construction industries.

    Got questions about the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder

    Click here to see the MultiWave SmartAligner Antenna Alignment Tool

    TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts®: The Podcast


    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated
    to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show, and sign up to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

  9. 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner Warranty & Damage Protection Plan

    Antenna alignment is an important part of installing and maintaining antennas. Without proper alignment, you can run into a whole slew of issues like coverage gaps, network performance gradation, and loss of revenue. That’s where an antenna aligner like the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool comes in. In the first three parts of our four-part blog series on the 3Z Vision Antenna Alignment Tool, we covered the device itself, the tools and accessories that can make the antenna aligner extremely versatile, and how to properly care for and inspect your antenna aligner. This week our Gear Experts® are going to cover the warranty and replacement plan available for the 3Z Vision Antenna Aligner.

    Warranty


     

    The warranty for the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner is similar to many standard warranties for electronic devices. We will outline some of the points below but recommend that you read this document which covers the Manufacturer’s Warranty in its entirety as well.

    What Is Covered

    The warranty is a limited warranty that covers factory defects in materials and workmanship in the product(s). It is effective for one (1) year from the date of original purchase and includes hardware as well as firmware and software updates.

    What Isn't Covered

    The warranty, like most warranties, doesn’t cover damage, deterioration, or malfunction resulting from any alteration, modification, improper or unreasonable use or maintenance, misuse, abuse, accident, neglect, exposure to excess moisture, fire, improper packing and shipping (such claims must be presented to the carrier), lightning, power surges, or other acts of nature. Basically, take care of the device and don’t try to fix it yourself if something starts malfunctioning. If you start having issues, contact one of our Gear Experts® and we will help you get the process started.

    Who Is Covered


     

    It is important for us to mention that only the original purchaser of the RF Vision Antenna Aligner is covered under the warranty. This means that the warranty is non-transferrable, and you will need proof of purchase in order to make a claim.

    For more information about the warranty claim click here.

    As you see from the warranty information, not everything is covered. Not to mention that the warranty only covers the first year of you owning the device. That’s where something like the Damage Protection Plan comes into play.

    Damage Protection Plan


     

    The damage protection plan is an optional plan that can be purchased in conjunction with the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner. This plan is unique because it can be renewed every two years – ensuring that you never have to go a minute without being covered.

    Included in the Damage Protection Plan

    The damage protection plan covers:

    → Bi-annual premium calibration for the term life of the plan ($895.00 value per 2 years)

    → Bi-Annual battery replacement included for the term life of the plan during bi-annual calibration ($595.00 value per 2 years)

    → The manufacturer´s warranty is extended during the Damage Protection Plan period.

    → Bi-annual cleaning, and/or tune-ups during included recalibrations.

    → Damage caused by accidental physical damage including unit dropped from buildings and towers.

    → Damage caused by spilled liquids or accidental rain.

    → Cosmetic defects or damage (such as cracked outer cases, cracked LCD screens) or defects that inhibit the proper operation and performance of the covered items.

    → Electrical damage caused by improper or over-charging of battery or using incorrect voltage outlets or incorrect recharging adapters.

    → Damage due to dust, animal or insect infestation.

    → Repair or replacement due to vandalism, riot, or general environmental conditions, including but not limited to rust, corrosion or mold.

    The Fine Print

    The damage protection plan is subject to the following

    → Each time a 3Z RF Vision is sent to repair, 3Z Telecom will charge an Evaluation Fee of $99.95 to evaluate the condition and repair plan required for the equipment.

    → The 3Z RF Vision is subject to a $2,000 deductible in the event that a full replacement of the product is required.

    → The damage protection plan cannot be transferred to any other alignment tool.

    → All shipping and associated costs are the responsibility of the owner and not included in the damage protection plan.

    Got questions or need more information about the warranty and damage protection plan? Click here to contact our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner

    Click here to see everything from 3Z

    Click here to see our previous blog posts on the 3Z RF Vision.

    RF Vision - Bullseye Targeting System: Tutorial


     

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

     

  10. The Perfect Tower Climbing Radio

    Communication on any job site is key. That’s where radios come in. They are compact and make communicating over large distances (especially when you’re up 150 feet on a tower) much easier and more efficient. But not all radios are created equal. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the perfect tower climbing radio.

    TK-3400U16PS


     

    The Kenwood TK-3400U16PS is the perfect tower climbing radio. The reason is actually pretty simple – the shorter antenna. Our Gear Experts® teamed up with the folks at Kenwood to custom design this radio specifically for the telecom market, although it’s perfect for any at-height work.

    *The TK-3400U16PS is the 16-channel upgraded version of the TK-3400U4P.

    Making Life At-Height Easier


     

    We found that the longer the antenna was on the radio the more likely it was to get in your way while you were climbing up and down the tower or working at height. Because of that, we decided to make a radio that had a much shorter antenna.

    Don’t worry! Just because the antenna is smaller doesn’t mean you will lose any reception. This antenna works just as well as any of the radios in Kenwood’s lineup.

    Completing Your Setup


     

    So, now you’ve got the perfect radio – but we’ve got a few more tips to make it the perfect setup. We recommend having a holster like the T-Reign ProHolster Retractable Harness Holster or the Kenwood KLH-187 Nylon Carrying Case. A holster will allow you to clip your radio to your harness so you don’t have to try and dig it out of your bolt bag in order to use it. The last piece of equipment we recommend is the Kenwood KMC-21 Speaker Mic. The speaker mic allows you to communicate with just one hand and not have to worry about taking your radio out of the holster or removing the holster from your harness.

    To find out more about some of our favorite two way radio accessories check out this blog post.

    Rebates!


     

    Kenwood frequently runs rebates. Be sure to check our Kenwood page for a full selection of Kenwood radios and any current promotions going on.

    Have more questions about our radio selection? Click here to talk to one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of Kenwood radios and accessories

    Kenwood: The Videos


     

    Over the years we have done quite a few Kenwood videos covering everything from accessories and comparisons to how to lock your radio.

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on!

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

Items 1 to 10 of 14 total

Page: