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What is a Go-Kit?
A Go-Kit (or Jump-Kit) is a portable amateur radio station and personal gear which can be taken when asked to go to an event which needs support with radio communications or use for emergency communications during Disaster or Hurricanes. What it consists of depends on the extent of the event, and the communication needs. Making a pre-planned kit helps to be deployed on a moments notice.
Your Go-Kit should be tailored to your needs, your equipment, expected assignments, and expected length of assignments.
Here is a inexpensive lightweight case, it's good looking, and durable.
Harbor Freight has a aluminum case on sale for $24.99 Regular $29.99 Item # 39196.
This is N6USP ARES-2 Analog/D-Star Go-Kit.
EMCOMM operators are using these cases for Go-Kits. Its almost the same size as the Pelican 1520 case.
Dimension is 18"W x 12-3/4"D x 6"H You can make two 3" compartments with the 6" vertical space
It has Aluminum trim around the corners and you can lock this case.
You may purchase this case from Harbor Freight at
I personally like this kit over the Pelican case as it is much lighter to carry around and after setting up the everything, it can be stowed under the table out of the way. The components in the kit can be used for other things if needed.
This kit consist of Icom 880 H, West Mountain PWRgate PG40S, RIGrunner 4005 with USB plugs, and a Pyramid PSV-200 20 AMP power supply.
I have a analog and a D-Star radio that can be dropped into the case to make a versatile go-kit
This is how I set it up.
The PWRgate PG40S and the RIGrunner 4005 is C-Clamp to the table to secure it for plugging and unplugging your equipment.
The Pyramid PGS 20 amp power supply hooks to the PG40S automatic power switching to supply 12 volts from either the power supply or the battery if the the AC drops out.
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MFJ 4416 Super Battery Booster with Remote Control. This is a must have for your kit.
The MFJ-4416B Super Battery Booster Keeps your transceiver operating at full efficiency and performance by eliminating low or marginal voltages in the go-kit environment.
Today's compact 50 and 100-watt transceivers are designed to operate from about 12-16 volts, "without" signal distortion, output power problems, or transceiver reset when voltage drops below 12 volts (low voltage creates lost of your memory contents).
You can conduct a simple test on your radio input voltage by putting a voltmeter between the battery and your radio. Make sure you are not charging your battery while conducting this test. Watch the voltmeter while you key the PTT with the radio on High Power and and watch the voltage drop below 11 volts.
This keeps your transceiver operating at full efficiency and performance by eliminating low or marginal voltages in the Go-Kit environment.
Depending on how you set the MFJ-4416BRC up, it can remain idle until the RF sampling port detects RF, then it will self activate.
MFJ has looked at our web page and has approved it.
You may purchase the MFJ-4416B from MFJ.
MFJ link: http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-4416B
HRO has free shipping, no sales tax, cost is $149.95
HRO LINK: http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-008745
P-1 Portable Tripod with a NMO antenna mount.
It will allow you to utilize any of your existing antennas.
It may be setup on a table, roof top or on uneven ground.
It has 24 inch- 3 position legs for very stable setup
It has 1/4 inch male spade connection for counterpoise. (left leg near the NMO antenna mount)
All Aluminum Construction with Delrin Leg clamps.
Closed length is 12 inches. Very compact to store with your kit.
You can purchase this at Blue Star
Antenna LTD in Palatka FL.
There link is: http://bluestarantennas.com/sales//catalog/product_info.php?products_id=414 cost is $49.95 plus shipping.
The SG-7900A is 2m/70cm with a 5/7.6 gain, antenna height is 62".
This is a good dual band antenna to be used inside the shelter set on a table in front of a window.
With the 5 dbi gain and a HT set at 5 watts will be very effective.
We have check the SWR's on the tripod at 50 watts and it was less than 1.5-1.
Blue Star Antenna LTD has approved our web page.
This is a Tram NMO to SO-239 adapter, HRO SKU # is TRAM 1296. Cost is $9.99. AES cost is $21.99 for a Comet adapter.
You can also get a NMO to 3/8 X 24 adapter for $9.99 at HRO. SKU # TRAM 1295
This will allow you to utilize any of your existing antennas.
Link to HRO http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-001411
Mike has chosen to start his own web page instead of working with NBARC to help provide you a nice go-kit page.
North Brevard ARC condones this, therefore we are not affiliated or will NBARC support his web page.
NBARC would like to thank you for your support, please pass our URL to your EmComm friends.
Our club was founded on emergency communications in 2003.
NBEC stands ready, around the clock, to provide emergency communications, In a widespread disaster such as a major hurricane, Tornadoes, mass casualties incident, or a terrorist attack, we also provide hospital to hospital communications when hospitals need to communicate from a disaster to a hospital or with each other and with outside agencies or when the commercial phone system is unavailable or unreliable.
If you have any questions, you may e-mail Bob President and webmaster @ N6USP
We have people that can help with your kit.
Be sure to check out Rick's page in Oahu Hawaii
Rick lives on the island of Oahu in Hawaii and is a Red Cross disaster responder for emergency communications, and he maintains APRS wide area digipeaters that connects both Oahu and Kauai Civil Defense agencies. Rick is a former communication officer for the Dept of Emergency Management (DEM).
Rick's group is the UFN and consist of a dozen or so members from the 70's who are all technical background from broadcast engineers to Two way radio companies of General Electric Company, LMR and Motorola. Members are now spread out in California, Las Vegas and other parts of the world where they maintain communications by Echolink.
You can email Rick @ KH7O should you have any questions on his kit.
Please visit Rick's web page on his and other go-kits being built in Hawaii @ http://www.hawaiirepeaters.net/radiokit/black/rick.html
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