A dinky little QRP weekend go-kit
This kit was made up as an emergency kit for prepper friends.
- The box is just a toolbox from ALDI and in there is a 12v 10AHr battery.
- A cheap Chinese dual band VHF/UHF radio.
- A roll up dual band antenna that can be slung up a tree for greater coverage.
- An extension length of coax and various connectors to cobble it together.
- There are also connectors to recharge from a car or from a solar panel.
All the frequencies on one of the radios are disabled on transmit except for the public licence free channels (PMR446) and are there for info gathering purposes. That one is for someone who doesn’t have a ham licence.
The other is for a licenced operator and all frequencies are enabled except coastguard and search and rescue.
To compliment it, I made a Flight Deck – an operating deck in other words, so it could be operated in comfort even when sitting on the ground, back against a tree or whatever. The radio, log sheets and message pad sits on the board held securely in place with elasticated shock cord.
That’s it then. Pick it up, do away to your safe place (if necessary) and get in touch by radio.
Of course we all have SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) which have been previously worked out, so everyone knows when such and such happens, we do this or we do that. But each of us know the drill.
Then when the emergency has settled down, we all get back to normal, recharge the battery and put it away until needed again.
Eric Methven, Durham City. IO94ft