NATE Orlando, Florida Conference expected to see excellent attendance February 13th - 16th
January 14, 2006 -- The National Association of Tower Erectors' annual confab scheduled for February 13-16 is shaping up to be one of the best ever, according to Weisman AssociatesPaula Nurnberg, the show's operations coordinator.

The conference and exhibition has grown in size and scope and is one of the must attend events every year for many key industry professionals in the tower construction, service and maintenance industry.

Attendance is expected to beat last year's numbers and visitors will enjoy the excellent offerings from many additional exhibitors that will be at the Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL event, Paula explained, noting that registration must now be made on site. Full conference passes are $199 for NATE members and $499 for non-members.

The event will have two tracks of focused educations sessions for Tower Hand and Management sessions. In order to accommodate the additional conference sessions there will be no keynote speaker presentation.

At 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, Simon Weisman of Weisman Consultants Inc. will provide a presentation to designers and tower owners regarding how to deal with design wind speeds and ice loads in keeping with TIA-222-G, in counties that show more than one value. It will be at booth 512 in the exhibition hall. Many other exhibitors  will be introducing new products and offering valuable information regarding wireless design, construction and maintenance.

Event sponsors include - Gold: AIG/Arthur J. Gallagher, Andrew Corporation; Silver: Alliance Corporation, Sabre Communications Corporation, TESSCO Technologies, United States Tower Services LTD.; Bronze: KCI Wireless Services, Primus Electronics; Patron: AFL Network Services, Great Plains Towers, Inc., Hutton Communications, Inc., Midwest Underground Technology, Inc., Perfect Wireless, Inc., Shenandoah Tower Service, Ltd., SITE PRO 1, Southern Broadcast Services, Tower Awards and Creative Sculptures, TWR Lighting, Inc., Tower Systems, Inc., Valmont Structures; Friends of NATE: Cellxion, Cipov Enterprises, Inc., Neptuno USA Corp., Rohn Products, Div. of Radian Communication Services; Coffee Sponsor: Tower 2000; CYBER Café Sponsor : Perfect Wireless, Inc.

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Tower Hand Track

Educational Session 1Medlock
OSHA 10-Hour Training Course
Rob Medlock
Jocko Vermillion
Monday, February 13
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
NATE member companies that are NATE/OSHA Partners are required to provide all non-supervisory personnel engaged in construction activities with the OSHA 10-Hour Training Course or its equivalent within the first year of the agreement. Any NATE member who is registered for the NATE 2006 Conference & Exposition will have the opportunity to attend the OSHA 10-Hour Training Course free of charge. Registration was required by January 9, 2006.

Educational Session 3Don Pello
Wire Rope and Slings
Donald L. “Don” Pellow, P.E.
Pellow Engineering Services
Tuesday, February 14
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
This session will review a range of topics that relate to wire rope and rigging including ASME B 30.7 – Base Mounted Drum Hoists & ASME B 30.5 – Mobile & Locomotive Cranes, proper usage, hoisting, inspection, handling, installation and maintenance, rigging of loads, and cooperation between the rigger and crane

Educational Session 5Kechter
RF Safety and Compliance for the Tower Industry
Greg Kechter
Radiofrequency Safety International (RSI)
Tuesday, February 14
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
This presentation will focus exclusively on real-world solutions to the many situations and challenges faced by telecom and broadcast organizations. Make sure your efforts to comply with increasing regulatory demands are effective and cost-efficient.
Educational Session 7Stockman
Weatherproofing the Connection
Christopher Stockman
Andrew Corporation
Tuesday, February 14
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Weatherproofing the Connection session will discuss what weatherproofing is and why it is needed, specifications for weatherproofing and what they mean when installing wireless sites, and available weatherproofing systems and application techniques.
Educational Session 9Spellman
A Practical Review of Distance to Fault (DTF) Measurements

Charlie Spellman
Radio Frequency Systems (RFS)
Tuesday, February 14
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Although the DTF test is commonplace, many users do not have an understanding of the test, the parameters that influence the test, and how to read the DTF measurement. This presentation will provide a basic understanding of how an instrument performs a DTF measurement, how the setup parameters influence
the test, the limitations of the test and how to interpret the output graphs of the test.
Educational Session 11Yeo
Safe Installation of Tower Modifications
Stephen Yeo, P.E.
Sabre Communications
Wednesday, February 15
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Make sure your tower modification installation will be a safe one; know what steps to take to verify that the modifications have been properly designed, based on accurate structure information; then know what checks to make onsite -- field verification
-- prior to starting installation. Discussion will include subjects such as: the importance of inspections and field verification; knowing when design is required; temporary bracing; tower component stresses at low wind speeds; construction stresses on
tower components; "old school" methods versus "preferred" methods; what to do when things don't fit; and knowing when things don't make sense.

Management Track

Educational Session 2Daum
Passing the Torch Without Getting Burned – Business Succession for Specialty Contractors

W. Christopher “Chris” Daum
FMI Corporation
Tuesday, February 14
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Starting a construction firm is easy, staying in business is difficult, but getting out can be fatal -- to you and your firm. This session will provide an overview of the fundamentals of business succession issues that contractors face when planning to exit their business. Topics that will be covered include: what exit options are
realistic in today's market; what my firm is really worth and why; how an internal transition works; the most common techniques for transferring ownership; the people side of the equation; and how I replace myself. Current and prospective owners will not want to miss this lively discussion.
Educational Session 4Lyman
Structural Standards for Installation, Alteration and Maintenance of Communication Towers, Antennas and Antenna Supporting Structures

Gordon Lyman
WesTower Communications
Ernest R. “Ernie” Jones, P.E.
Electronics Research, Inc.
Tuesday, February 14
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
The Structural Standards for Installation, Alteration and Maintenance of Communication Towers, Antennas and Antenna Supporting Structures session will cover the new engineering standard that encompasses the gin pole standard and also include: the loads that erection equipment puts on a structure; wind loading factors for the equipment on the structure; guidelines for installing and changing existing guy wires; and guidelines for changing and removing any structural components of the structure.
Educational Session 6ErichsenSnyder
How Will TIA Revision G Affect Towers?

Craig Snyder
Sioux Falls Tower & Communications
David G. Brinker
Rohn Products Division, Radian
Communication Services
E. Mark Malouf, P.E.
Malouf Engineering International, Inc.
John R. Erichsen, P.E., S.E.
Tuesday, February 14
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This panel discussion will help tower erectors understand how these changes will
affect the structures on which they work. The panel discussion will consist of TIA
Editorial Task Group members, including: David Brinker of Rohn Products Division,
Radian Communication Services; John Erichsen of EET, LLC; and Mark Malouf of Malouf Engineering International, Inc. Craig Snyder, TIA 222 Standard Writing
Committee Chairman, will moderate the session.
Educational Session 8Wahba
Special Considerations for the Design and Construction of Tall Towers

John Wahba, Ph.D., P.E.
Radian Communication Services
Tuesday, February 14
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The design and manufacture of tall, guyed masts, towers, and their components
utilize conventional techniques. Some special procedures and practices are required for these types of structures. These procedures and practices will be covered for the most part by recognized standards for these types of structures, but it is necessary for the user to understand and specify these additional items to ensure the structure
is suitable for the application and site conditions. This session will discuss these considerations including design, materials, detailing, fabrication, corrosion protection, fasteners, guys and hardware.
Educational Session 10Kim Olsen
Coaching for Success
Kim Olsen
Western Iowa Tech Community
College (WITCC)
Angela Lawson
Western Iowa Tech Community
College (WITCC)
Wednesday, February 15
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

As a manager you are responsible for getting the job done through other people. The most valuable tool to successful employee management is the effective use of coaching. As a coach it is your job to know an employee’s present level of performance and help them to achieve new, higher levels of performance. This session will examine a two-fold model of coaching which includes both employee development and accountability. The session will also include tips for teaching and training employees, as well as methods to clarify expectations, define performance gaps and develop improvement plans.

Educational Session 12NATE
NATE Milestones

Thursday, February 16
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The NATE Milestones session will provide members with a rangeof information on new programs and resources including theNATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard (NATECTS), the NationalNATE/OSHAPartnership, NATE’s RF Awareness video, and the Association’s Hoist Operators Educational Requirements
Manual. The presentation will include both NATE members and OSHA officials.


   NATE 2006 Exhibitors
Exhibit hours 2/15/2006 -10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2/16/2006 -10 a.m. to 1 p.m

*Acorn RF
AGL - Above Ground Level Magazine
AIG/Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
*Alliance Corporation
Allied Tower Company
*Allied Tube & Conduit
ALT Fabrication
Altec Industries
*Amphenol Antel, Inc.
Andrew Corporation
Antenna Products
Buckingham Mfg. Co., Inc.
*Carmanah Technologies Inc.
Cellxion, LLC
CHANCE (Hubbell Power Systems)
Communication Equipment & Service Corp.
ComTrain LLC
*Connect-It Wireless, Inc.
DBI/SALA and Protecta
Dielectric Communications/Flash Technology
*Dillon Force Measurement
Dupont Materials
Electro Mechanical Industries, Inc.
*Electronics Research, Inc.
Elk River, Inc.
Equipment Corporation of America
Euclid Garment Mfg. Co.
Eupen Cable
FarLight LLC
Fibergrate Composite Structures
Glen Martin Engineering, Inc.
*H & H Industries Inc.
Harger Lightning & Grounding
Holaday EMF/ETS-Lindgren
Houston Structures
Hutton Communications, Inc.
Hydradyne Hydraulics LLC
*Hy-Safe Technology
Lemco Tool Corporation
Lindapter North America, Inc.
Lyncole XIT® Grounding
Midwest Unlimited
*Miller Fall Protection
Narda Safety Test Solutions
National Strand Products
*Nello Corporation
Novatec Braids Ltd.
PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association
*Penn-Tech International, Inc.
PennSummit Tubular, LLC
PIAB Sweden
*PolyPhaser Corporation
Preformed Line Products
Primus Electronics
Radio Frequency Systems
Radiofrequency Safety International (RSI)
Roco Rescue
Rohn Products, Div. of Radian Com. Services, Inc.
Sabre Communications Corporation
*Skytec, Inc.
*Specialty Tower Lighting Ltd.
Sterling Rope Co. Inc.
Talley Communications Corp.
*Technical Equipment Distributors Inc. (TEDI)
TESSCO Technologies
Times Microwave Systems
Tower Awards & Creative Sculptures
Transtector Systems
Trav's Outfitter Inc.
Trylon TSF
TUF-TUG Products/Deuer Developments
TWR Lighting, Inc.
UniTech Services Group
*Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co.
Valmont Structures
*Vellox Coatings
Weisman Consultants Inc.
Western States Industries
*Western Towers
XL Microwave, Inc.
*Exhibitors that were not present last year



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