The DX Engineering Go Kit Guide

02Jun15

Go Kits.

Do you have one? Do you know what to put in one? Where would you find the supplies, and how long should you prepare for?

Many of those answers will be up to you, but we have assembled a handy guide to make your Go Kit life easier.

Be ready for Tornadoes, Foul Weather, Floods, Hurricanes, and other disasters with a homemade Go Kit. Here’s a good place to start:

Jump Kit Contents

NOTE: The contents of each deployment kit include the contents of the shorter duration kit(s) that precede it.

ALL DEPLOYMENTS REGARDLESS OF LENGTH

Identification and Information 

  • ID cards and other authorizations
  • Copy of Amateur Radio license
  • Driver.s License
  • RACES operations manual, including:
    • Communications plan(s)
    • Frequency lists and net schedules
    • Maps, both street and topographic for Portage County
    • Key phone numbers, email and internet addresses
    • Contact information for other members in your group
    • Copy of emergency plans
    • Resource lists: whom to call for which kinds of problems
  • Log sheets, message forms, note paper, pencils, pens, sticky notes, clips, rubber bands, envelopes, stapler, markers, etc.

THREE TO SIX HOUR DEPLOYMENT KIT

Radios and Accessories

  • Handheld VHF or dual-band radio with manual or operating guide
  • Spare rechargeable batteries for handhelds
  • Alkaline battery pack for handhelds (if available)
  • Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, 9 Volt)
  • Speaker mic and earphone for handhelds
  • Battery chargers, AC and DC for handhelds
  • External antenna, e.g. mag mount or J-pole, plus adapters and coax

Personal Gear

  • Clothing appropriate for the season and deployment (including Emergency vest)
  • Foul weather or protective gear, warm coats, hats, etc. as needed
  • Snacks and water
  • First aid kit, personal medications and prescriptions
  • Money, including quarters and one dollar bills for vending machines, tolls, etc., and credit card
  • Multi-purpose tool (e.g., Leatherman) and/or multi-purpose knife (e.g., Swiss Army), crescent wrench, screwdrivers
  • Flashlight or mini-mag light, spare bulb and batteries

Operating Supplies

  • Standard forms used by the served agencies
  • Extension cord(s), multiple outlet power strip
  • Clipboard(s)
  • Compass

Optional

  • Amplifier for HT
  • Cell phone, spare battery, charger

24-HOUR DEPLOYMENTKIT

Radios and Accessories

  • All items included in three to six hour kit
  • Backup VHF or dual-band HT
  • Mobile VHF or dual-band radio
  • VHF/UHF gain antennas and adapters for mobile rig
  • Coaxial feed lines, jumpers Ground rod, pipe clamp, and wire
  • AC power supplies for VHF/UHF mobile and accessories
  • Large battery source for VHF/UHF mobile with charger
  • All related power, data, audio, and RF cables and connectors, adapters other patch cables (e.g., BNC to PL 259/ RCA phono to PL 259). All power cables should have PowerPole connectors, plus spare wire.
  • Small repair kit: hand tools, multi-meter, connectors, adapters, extra fuses, key parts
  • Materials for improvisation: wire, connectors, small parts, insulators, duct tape,

coax seal, electrical tape, etc.

  • Manuals for all equipment and/or operating guides, cheat sheets for all equipment
  • Headphones, for noisy areas and privacy with proper connector, adaptors
  • Personal cell phone, pager, spare batteries and chargers

Personal Gear

  • Clothing for the season and length of deployment, Emergency vest, hardhat
  • Drop cloth or tarp
  • Toilet kit: soap, razor, deodorant, comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, plus wet-wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Foul weather or protective gear, warm coats, hats, etc. as needed
  • High energy snacks, dried foods, hard candy, etc.
  • Eating utensils, paper towels
  • Water containers, filled before departure (water sterilization kit if possible), additional fluids such as Gatorade, energy drinks
  • First aid kit, personal medications and prescriptions, aspirin, throat lozenges, insect repellant
  • Any personal medical warnings should something happen to you along with emergency contact info.
  • Money, including quarters and one dollar bills for vending machines, tolls, etc.

Operating Supplies

  • Additional quantities of all operating supplies included in basic kit
  • Pocket calculator
  • Measuring tape
  • Clock
  • Cable ties, wire ties, ziplock bags

Optional

  • HF radio
  • Multi-band HF antenna, tuner, heavy parachute cord or nylon mason’s twine
  • SWR/power meter
  • Specialized gear for packet, ATV or other modes
  • Multi-band scanner, weather radio
  • Laptop computer
  • Portable printer
  • Camera
  • Lantern (battery, propane or liquid fuel)
  • Generator and fuel; solar charger
  • Telephone calling card

72-HOUR DEPLOYMENT KIT

Radios & Accessories

  • HF radio if not included in 24 hour kit
  • Antenna tuner
  • SWR/power meter
  • HF Antennas, coax, connectors, rope/cord, etc. for HF radio
  • Additional batteries, including twelve volt (gel cell, deep cycle, etc.)

Personal Gear

  • Sleeping bag, closed-cell foam pad, pillow, ear plugs, blanket
  • Small camping tent
  • Easily prepared dried foods that will store for long periods, snack foods, high

energy snacks, hard candy, etc.

  • Eating and cooking equipment, propane stove, fuel
  • Additional seasonally appropriate clothing, hat, boots, rain gear
  • First aid kit, personal medications and prescriptions, lip balm, etc. (up to one week supply)
  • Three-seven day supply of drinking water (depending on the deployment) and other fluids/beverages
  • Toiletry kit for three-seven days
  • Mechanical or battery powered alarm clock
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Candles and waterproof matches or lighter
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses (if worn), sunglasses

Operating Supplies

  • Additional quantities of all basic supplies listed for three to six and twenty-four hour kits

Tool Kit

  • Tool box including screwdrivers, pliers, socket wrenches
  • Electrical tape and duct tape
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Multimeter

Optional (depending on nature of deployment)

  • Hammer / Hatchet, saw, shovel
  • Work gloves
  • Siphon
  • Jumper cables
  • Generator (spare plugs and oil), fuel
  • Kerosene lights and fuel
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Extra rope, cord
  • Highway flares
  • Binoculars
  • Cot and/or hammock
  • Specialized gear for packet, ATV or other modes
  • Multi-band scanner, weather radio
  • Laptop computer
  • Portable printer
  • Camera
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