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Go Kit

Wake County ARES/RACES

Emergency Deployment or “Go Kit” Contents Suggestions

For the radio side of the “go kit”, we suggest it have:

  • A handheld radio, preferably true dual band (able to receive two stations simultaneously on the same or different bands – VHF/UHF), with a minimum power output of 5 watts.
  • Photocopy of the radio’s manual
  • DC “car” adapter or AC adapter/charger for the handheld radio(s)
  • Extra batteries and/or dry cell converter with extra dry cell batteries
  • Photocopy of your current FCC Amateur license
  • List of the area repeaters with their offsets and PL / CTCSS tones
  • Higher gain “rubber duck” antenna(s) for your handheld radio(s)
  • Counterpoise for handheld radio long enough for the lowest frequency that you can transmit on, made of small gauge wire
  • Expedient/Expendable J-pole (300 ohm twin lead) or other antenna, and support hardware
  • Reasonable length good quality coax cable with connectors already installed
  • Barrel connectors for mating PL-259 (the “standard”UHF type) connectors together
  • BNC to SO-239 or SMA to SO-239 adapters, depending upon the handheld radio(s)
  • Combination speaker/mic for the handheld radio
  • Headset, headphones, or earphone for the radio(s) to be used
  • Small assortment of hand tools
  • Soldering iron and rosin core solder
  • Electrical tape
  • Pair of work gloves
  • Flashlight and/or small battery powered lantern.  (extra batteries, too)
  • AM/FM radio with additional batteries
  • Notepads and writing equipment
  • ARRL Radiogram forms

For the personal side of the “go kit”, the kit should have:

  • Canned or bottled water, one meal’s worth of ready to eat food, and snacks, preferably stored in a resealable plastic bag
  • Instant coffee, coffee mix, or tea bags, sugar, and creamer, in a resealable plastic bag
  • Cutlery, preferably stored in a resealable plastic bag
  • Aspirin and/or other pain reliever
  • Several doses of any prescribed medication you may need
  • One or more folded area maps
  • A small first aid kit
  • A moderate amount of money in small bills and a bit of change. (for the vending machines, canteen, or convenience store)
  • Personal care items
  • One flattened roll of toilet paper (in resealable plastic bag)
  • One change of clothing (Optional, in resealable plastic bag)