I admit, it is the EmComm part of HAM that I am more in favor off. And while by club failed in that regard, I managed to get accredited -as an amateur communicator – by the Civil Protection Service of my Country.
The raging wildfires of this August are quite far from me, but I thought it was a good reason to check my gear and organization.
Before going any further with the pick and lists, please let me describe the core elements of my organization:
- All gear is organized in Function-related kits, most of them pocket able too. All kits are self-sufficient. They do nor require parts from other kits to function.
i.e. I have several devices that use USB power. well, there is a replaceable 18650 power USB power bank and charging cable for each one of them.
- Each Radio comes with a better antenna AND the original stock one as a spare.
- Each “Field” antenna is packed with its own coax cable.
That is not for the resiliency and the redundancy that is created, it is for the Murphy’s Law of HAMs, photographers, and maybe others. “You are going to need what you did NOT bring with you”.
So here it goes:
On Person Gear
Actually this is my main handheld radio accessory and support kit. From the upper left corner:
- CallBook, AA Battery Pack, badge lanyard
- Nelson Antenna dual band Slim Jim
- Notebook, Electrician Screwdriver, Paklite Beacon
- Accessories Kit (RF Adapters, SWL Wire antenna
- DIY 12V Power Pack (The TH-F6(7) can operate with a 12V power feed)
- Whip and Stock Antenna
- Notes and Info (Radio Bands, Repeaters Directory, Cheat Sheets, etc)
- Power Cables (Power Pack cable, USB to 12V adapter, Car to DC jack 12V cable, APP Lead)
- Radioddity DB25 Mobile radio
- Pigtails and RF Adapters
- 12V power cables etc.
- 4S2P LiFePO4 pack
- 12V DC Transformer
- Powerpack BMS
- HT Speaker Mic
- Baofeng UV-S9 (spare/car HT)
- DB25 Speaker Mic
Level 1 “Ops” Kit
This is one step above showing up with a hand held, a better antenna, and an extra battery. It consists of the standalone prepackaged kits I talked before.
It is all carried in a Jumbo Versipack Clone.
- GD-77 DMR (TF-F7 in the pic) and second Analog radio (to run APRS)
- Wire Dipole Antenna with screw terminal and its own coax cable and mounting hardware (screws zipties)
- Micro Grounplane Antenna Conversion kit + extension RG174 cable.
- RTL-SDR kit (with OTG cable and Listening Cable Antenna)
- Computer Connection Kit (USB Hub, Multi USΒ Cable and a Mini USB Light)
- Programming Kits (DIY & Factory Cables, and a flashdrive with Chirp, factory programming apps, drivers etc…)
- Radio Accessories Kit (Factory Antenna, handstrap, earpiece, belt clip, charging cable where applicable and two UHF-BNC, BNC-SMA adapters)
- Micro Repair Kit (USB soldering Pen and powerbank, solder wire, mini side cutters, etc)
- RH770 Retractable Antenna with groundplane kit.
- APRS K-2 Cable (missing from the pic)
- Small USB solar panels (for maintenance charging of the USB powerbanks)
- 12V & USB 1.5A powerbank with removable 18650 batteries (will charge and run the TH-F7(6) on low too).
- 220V to USB Adapter & Accessories (USB Meter, Charging cables, etc)
Pretty exhaustive gear collection for sure…
In a future posting I will be covering the larger field gear kit. Stay tuned!