AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS KIT

FOR A REAL EMERGENCY

from ka7wzm@gmail.com

* 2 Meter, 70 CM Roll-up J-Pole Antennas, G5RV Antenna, HF Dipoles
* Coax Jumpers – At least two 3-6 foot coax jumpers (RG-58 or RG-8X) one with BNC’s and one with PL259 Connectors
* Coax Adapters – (2) PL259->BNC-Female, (2) BNC-Male ->SO239, (1) SO-239 -> SO239 (Barrel), (1) BNC-F -> BNC-F (Barrel)
* Coax Cable – 15’ of RG58 or RG8X
* Extra Antenna’s for your radio’s
* Magnetic Mount Antenna
* Two Microphones
* Speaker Microphone (if needed)
* Generic Battery Case for your HT, One uses AA Batteries or adapter for 12v Battery
* Two fresh packs of AA, C, D, 9V batteries
* AC-Power adapter for your HT and HF ? ? ? ?
* Large rechargeable Battery and SOLAR Charger
* Standard or Anderson Power Pole Connectors to hook–up to others supplies
* ID CARDS, AND A COPY OF YOUR AMATEUR LICENSE
* List of all Net frequencies and alternate simplex frequencies including HF Emergency Nets
* 50-100’ of fishing line and weights to hang the J-POLE or G5RV
* Duct Tape, And, Role of electrical tape, red & black
* Wire cutter/Stripper
* Non AC Soldering Iron and Solder
* Screw Drivers, Leatherman, and pocket knife
* Multi-meter
* Roll of masonry twine
* Operating and/or service manuals for your radio(s) (other people may have to operate it. The easier to operate the better)
* Paper/Pens/Pencils
* NTS Message forms
* Foul Weather Gear
* Flashlight, and or, Small Lamp (LED)
* Survival Blanket (Space Blanket)

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Some things to carry in your car or truck in at all times.
Suprising how small a bag or box all this will fit in.

Food and Water:

· 3 Bottles of Water – sealed in a Ziploc bag. Supplemented by extra water in a cooler.
· Canned and Dry Soup – Best to choose soap that can be eaten cold. The can may be used for candles or boiling water after contents are eaten
· Canned Tuna in spring water, not oil.
· Can of Vienna Sausages
· Small Can of Bean Dip and Snack Stuff
· Several Snack Bars (Hi Energy types) – sealed in a Ziploc bag
· Candy – Tootsie Rolls in the foil wrappers are best
· Instant Oatmeal, Tea Bags, Bouillon Cubes, Sugar Packets, Salt & Pepper – sealed in a Ziploc bag
· Water Purification Tablets

Heating and Cooking:

· Disposable Lighter
· Strike Anywhere Matches in Water Proof Container
· Strip Magnifier
· Candles
· Soup Can for Burning Candles – left over from above
· Sterno Canned Heat, 7oz
· Fire Starter
· 36” length of Aluminum Foil (folded small)
· Stainless Steel Camping Cup
· Camping style Fork/Knife/Spoon
· Combo Bottle & Can Opener/Cork Screw

Shelter and Utensils:

· 2 Space Blankets
· 3 Light Sticks – 12 hour each
· Mini Mag-Lite with LED Mod as well as extra batteries and bulb
· 50’ of Utility Cord
· Small Karabiners – to work with the cord
· 4 small plastic clamps – used to attach shelter edges to limbs or vehicle
· Pliers – use as a tool & pot lifter
· Buck 110 lock-blade Knife, and a Leatherman
· Small White Hand Towel
· TP & Moist Towelettes
· 2 Clear 55 Gal Plastic Trash Bags – for ground cover or to make Solar Still
· 2 Dark 40 Gal Plastic Trash Bags – for cover or rain poncho

Safety and Rescue:

· First Aid Kit – packed separate in its own packaging
· Small Pencil & Paper
· Compass – helps to have a map too
· Whistle
· Signal Mirror
· Small Strobe Signal Light
· Red Bandanna
· Orange Safety Vest, mesh style, and cap – used to signal and to be seen by aircraft
· Gloves & Hat
· Sunscreen & Insert Repellent

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~Wilderness Protocol ~
Good Idea

The Wilderness Protocol is simply a recommendation that those outside of repeater range monitor standard simplex channels at specific times in case others have priority or emergency calls.
“FM & Repeaters”, June 1996 QST, p. 85.

Simplex frequencies:
146.52 <– primary
446.0
223.5
52.525
1294.5

Monitor at least
07:00 – 07:05
10:00 – 10:05
13:00 – 13:05
16:00 – 16:05
etc.; if possible, monitor every hour.

Priority/Emergency transmission: begin with 10 seconds of DTMF “0” (this
is called LiTZ, “Long Tone Zero”, and is a good idea for repeaters as well).

Routine transmission: wait until four minutes after the hour.