Amateur Radio Emergency Jumpkit

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These are things that need to go in your jumpkit...

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For faster deployment, two jumpkits are suggested:

  1. 24 hour kit, to last for 24 hours, ready to go in 15 minutes
  2. 72 hour jump kit, to last for 3 days, ready to go in 2 hours or less


Contents

radio items

  • antennas
    • moxon for inside use
    • J-pole for outside use, incl. tripod and mast
    • mag-mount antenna (mini, quarter wave)
  • radios
    • 2m, 70cm
  • batteries
  • radio accessories
    • extra coax
    • adapters
    • manuals for all radios
  • tools
    • tools to tighten battery terminals
    • pliers
    • flashlight or battery powered light

personal items

  • food
    • trail mix style snacks
    • dry fruits
    • peanut butter / crackers
  • water
    • 1 gal per day per person
  • change of clothes
  • sleeping bag or cot and sheets

You may also make an Electronic Survival Kit to back up your personal data in case of regional disaster.

72 hour personal items

From Orlando Sentinel article (below). Everybody in Florida should have these items prepared during hurricane season.

  • Water: 1 gallon per day per person (3-7 days)
  • Food: non-perishable packaged or canned food for 3-7 days
  • Snacks
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Cooking tools, fuel
  • Paper plates, plastic utensils
  • Blankets, pillows, etc.
  • Clothing
  • Seasonal, rain gear
  • Sturdy shoes
  • First-aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
  • toys, books, games
  • toiletries, hygiene items
  • Moisture wipes
  • flashlight, batteries
  • battery-operated radio, weather radio
  • Cash: banks and ATMs may not be open for a while after the storm
  • Keys
  • important documents in a water proof container (digitized?)
    • Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, social security card, etc.
    • documentation of valuables with video tape
  • Tools: keep a set with you
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pets:
    • Proper ID, immunization records for pets
    • Ample food and water for pets
    • Carrier or cage, muzzle, leash
    • medication for pets

staged jump kit

italic items are optional depending on context

personal kit

Items for less than 8 hours, carry without a backpack

  • Handheld radio
  • water
  • watch
  • miniature notepad
  • pens / pencils
  • Wallet
    • petty cash ($20)
    • ID
    • laminated miniature amateur radio license
    • emergency contacts
    • Call signs of contacts
    • Document Reference Card (Create a sublist)
  • matches
  • headphones for radio
  • snacks
  • zip-lock bags
  • hat
  • multi-tool
  • bug repellant
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses

day kit

This should fit in a backpack. Everything in personal kit plus...

  • food and water for a day (3 meals)
  • notebook / clipboard / logbook
  • alternative power
    • cigarette lighter adapter
  • emergency poncho
  • garbage bag
  • multimeter
  • spare HT antenna
  • duct tape
  • spare socks
  • rag / handkerchief
  • flashlight and spare flashlight
  • small folding bag
  • toothbrush, etc.
  • whistle
  • maps
  • cables / adapters
  • camera

three day kit

Everything in your personal and day kit plus...

  • spare handheld radio
  • mobile radio or amplifier for HT
  • adapters
    • PL-259 Barrel Connector (Connect your coax to shelter antenna hookup)
    • PL-259 adapter for your radio (BNC/SO-239)
  • electrical tape
  • 3 days food and water
  • cooking supplies
  • change of clothes
  • hygiene supplies
  • tools
  • sleeping stuff
  • first aid kit
  • antennas
  • SWR meter or antenna analyzer
  • tape measure
  • antenna repair / build kit
  • spool of wire
  • spool of string
  • 50 ft coax
  • extra change / cash
  • durable rain gear
  • extension cord / power strip / surge suppressor
  • tarp
  • cord (for tarp, etc.)
  • portable mast / tower system
  • rope
  • flagging tape
  • repeater directory
  • basic orange vest

The Box

One idea which would allow for fast deployment is to mount a mobile and other equipment in a water proof box or container. Something similar to this would probably be ideal.

Situation special items

hurricane shelter

  • more extra flashlights
  • hurricane tracking map
  • shelter maps
  • 50 ft coax
  • extension cord, power strip
  • large backup battery power, power adapters, battery charger
  • noisy environment gear
  • log book
  • specialized log forms (NIMS)
  • overnight gear
  • swr meter and/or antenna analyzer for testing site antenna before use
  • outlet tester

search and rescue

  • direction finding gear
  • bug repellant
  • sunscreen / sunglasses / hat
  • hiking gear
  • whistle
  • gps?

parades, marathons, other public service

  • sunscreen / sunglasses / hat
  • maybe APRS gear?
  • magmount / car power adapters
  • portable tower for fixed stations at large events

References

ssd's jump kit

As inventoried after Enrico. This is really a 3 day kit, and has enough equipment to share with a team except for personal HT's.

equipment bag

  • Kenwood D700 dual receive cross band capable
  • fold up moxon
  • smart 12v battery charger (battery tender)
  • long RG8 (15' maybe)
  • long indoor/outdoor extension cord
  • misc RG58 patch cables
  • LED head lamp
  • string for hanging antennas
  • miniature mag mount
  • mesh parts bag
    • electrical tape
    • analog phone
    • 60W power inverters
    • AA battery chargers (trickle, fast)
    • outlet splitter
    • tape measure
  • orange small parts bag
    • multimeter
    • 40W heavy soldering iron
    • multi-pliers
    • TV antenna
    • small solder spool (fine, medium, coarse)
  • surge protected (and insured) power strip

Personal bag

  • hygiene kit
    • toothbrush
    • small toothpaste tube
    • facial wipes
    • sealed alcohol hand wipes or hand sanitizer
    • antihistamine
    • dental floss
    • tweezers
    • spare comb
    • safety pins
  • umbrella
  • bottled water
  • rolled up trash bag
  • clothes to cover period of stay
  • emergency food
    • trail mix
    • almonds
    • cashews
    • fig newtons
    • orange peanut butter cracker packages

paperwork

  • maps to shelters
  • ARES/RACES local roster and net control sheet
  • shelter log report sheet
  • hurricane plotting map
  • ARES/RACES picture ID
  • pen
  • log book
  • NTS message forms (missing)
  • NTS abbreviation codes (missing)

toolkit

All purpose use, not just shelters.

  • large part bins
    • soldering iron stand
    • wire cutters
    • helping hands
    • fused accessory plug to banana plug adapter
    • screw on banana plug ends (4)
    • extra belt clip for radio
    • multi-screwdriver
    • accessory plugs and sockets (unwired)
    • accessory plug to socket splitter
    • battery ring terminals
  • small part bins
    • assorted cable adapters and cable couplers (RG58, PL259, SO239, SMA, N)
    • thumb tacks, paperclips (for hanging antennas)
    • spare earphone for radio
    • RG8 solder on ends (M)
    • RG58 twist on ends (M, F)
    • small pen knife
    • spare solder spool
    • rechargeable AA battery set (8)
    • alkaline AA battery set (16)
  • sliding bins
    • Outlet tester
    • fine soldering iron
    • heat shrink
    • small FRS radio pair and AAA alkaline batteries (6)
    • spare HT antennas
    • long AA flashlight
    • small screw driver
    • pens, pencils
    • exacto knife
    • small scissors
    • waterproof black putty coax seal
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