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The Go-Bag for ARES or Portable Work

This is what I use for my ARES and emergency communication drills as well as for portable work (hiking or backpacking). As you can see it’s a simple backpack that you can find in many sport goods store (for example Big 5). I found that this backpack is perfectly meets my requirements. So what is inside?
It’s simple set-up that allows me to work on HF and have everything that I need. Of course it also have an other supplies that you will need for emergency situation or hiking.
Let’s look closely:
– IC-703+ (10 Watts with antenna tuner). The great transceiver for portable use. High reliability, ability to work with many antennas, easy to use.
– 12 V 10A battery. I use a regular 12 V, 10A battery which cost around $15. The better solution would be a Poly-MH batteries. Light weight and high current.
– solar panel + charger. Well this is very useful. Can be used for your battery or ether for your cellphone or other equipment.
– 5 m antenna pole (fishing rod). Found on eBay. Very cheap and fiberglass. The great mast for your portable antennas.
– Inverted V 14 MHz/28 MHz antenna (transformer). This is the ultra light and portable antenna-transformer. In my version is 2-band Inverted V antenna.
– extras (GPS, flashlight, rope and etc). This is really up to you.

The total weight of this set-up about 18 pounds which is not bad at all. I personally prefer have some snacks and small emergency(survival) kit, medicines and water.
Performance are good, not great but definitely enough to provide a communication in case of emergency and operate from any places with.
Time to set everything up and get ready is very short and it’s about less than 10 minutes.
Of course it’s not a perfect set-up and other people would prefer have something else but the main idea was – use everything that you can find in your home (garage), low cost and efficient work.
I have done this many times and when you live in California you never know when the earthquake or different disaster will strike this land.
You have to be prepared all the time and personal safety is always first.
I’m a CERT (Community Emergency Respond Team) member, Police Department & Fire Authorities Volunteer, member of ARES so my responsibilities are expended.
I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Alex K6VHF

Kenwood TS-780

Kenwood TS-780

Kenwood TS-780

Hello. Good news, I bought a Kenwood TS-780 for my experiments.
I like it, should work good.

The Kenwood TS-780 multimode transceiver provides 2 meter and 440 MHz operation in FM, LSB, USB and CW modes. Power output may be selected at 1 watts (FM) or 10 watts (FM/SSB/CW). Frequency coverage is 144-146 MHz and 430-440 MHz. The rear panel features an SO-239 for 2 meters and an N jack for 440 MHz. The rear panel also has a speaker jack, CW key jack and Aux. socket. A trap door on the top panel has adjustments for: Carrier Level, Tone, Anti-Vox, Delay Time and VOX Gain. Operation is from 110/220 VAC 50/60 Hz 13.8 VDC at 5 amps. 2.5 watts of audio. 11.875 x 4.875 x 12.675 inches 22.2 lbs. (290x124x332mm 10.1 kg).

  • Multi-Mode
  • 10 Memories Channels
  • RIT
  • Noise Blanker
  • Two VFOs
  • S/RF Meter
  • VOX
  • Hi/Low RF Power Control
  • Digital Readout to 100 Hz
  • Scan
  • AC/DC Operation
  • IF Shift

The portable radio Grundig G5

A couple days ago I bought the portable radio GRUNDIG G5. It’s amazing radio. Has high quality receiver. Also has SSB reception. Best receiver for travel.

The Grundig G5 is a world class portable radio covering long wave, AM, FM and shortwave. It features dual conversion AM/SW circuitry for exceptional sensitivity and image rejection. It offers S.S.B. – Single sideband reception. It has an amazing 700 channel memory capacity with memory scan and auto tuning storage. The 24 hour clock features alarm and sleep timer functions. Tuning is via auto-scan, manual scan, conventional tuning knob or direct keypad entry. FM stereo is supported to the mini earphone jack. There is even a Line Output jack to feed a tape recorder or external audio amplifier. The LCD display can be illuminated one of three ways. In Normal Mode pressing any button activates the display. While plugged into the AC outlet the always-on mode illuminates the display whenever the radio is turned on. In Manual Mode the dial will light for 15 seconds when the light button is pressed. Other refinements include: Local/DX Switch, Wide-Narrow selectivity and external shortwave antenna jack.

The G5 operates from four AA cells (not supplied) or via the supplied AC wall adapter. The supplied AC adapter can also recharge NiMH AA cells (not supplied) while in the radio. (Do not attempt to recharge other types of AA cells). This radio also includes a multi-language Owner’s Manual, wrist strap and protective case. 6.675 x 4.125 x 1.125 inches 12.2 oz (168x105x29mm 346 g). One year limited warranty.

Alex K6VHF