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Go Kits

Kit One - Radio Bag


  • Your Lancaster ARES ID - and be sure to have your Drivers license with you as well.
  • 1 or more HT’s, at least 1 Dual Band is recommended.
  • Portable Mobil two meters with battery and antennas.
  • The dry cell  battery pack and 2 extra sets of batteries. (It is easier to find a store selling alkaline batteries enroute than a place to plug in your charger for 6 hours in a disaster. Remember, - no power. The batteries can be rotated out of the kit semi-annually )
  • BNC,SMA,PL-250, SO-239 adapters for your set-up to connect to a mag mount antenna
  • The car charger cord for your HT's.
  • A copy of your radio manual or a cheat sheet. (make this up ahead of time)
  • A headset w/ mike - can keep both hands free - consider a noise canceling mike.
  • A notebook / logbook and clipboard.
  • Several pens and pencil's, (they always seem to disappear.)
  • Your "favorite" pain relievers - aspirin / Tylenol / Advil / sinus / Rolaids / Chap stick / hand cream / throat lozenges / Imodium / sun block / mosquito repellent / etc*. 
  • Any prescribed medications.- (Most non-refrigerated medications have a shelf life of up to 12 to 18 months. You can safely keep a 2-3 day supply in a small bottle in your kit and rotate them thru about every 6 months. Keep your kit in a cool dry location** 
    Determine the number of hours / days your jump-kit is set-up for and plan for how many of each type of OTC and RX medications you will need
  • A multi-tool like Gerber or Leather man or a Swiss Army knife. Get a good one. Lesser brands are not reliable.
  • Any special size tools your radio uses like tiny screwdrivers, etc.
  • A GOOD flashlight! AND Extra batteries! (I recommend either NOT keeping the batteries in the flashlight, or placing a piece of wax paper over one of the batteries. Flashlights have a habit of turning themselves on in the bag and burning out the first set of batteries.)
  • A "Top Spot" "Head light" that mounts on your head or clips on a hat. 
  • A couple of Snacks / Chewing Gum etc.
  • 1 or 2 bottles or water or Juice
  • $$CASH$$! If the phone lines are out,  ATM Machines and online charge / bank card terminals may not work either

Over sized Items
These Items won't fit in a small bag, but can be kept in a box- marked- and Ready to Roll.

  • Mag-mount antenna(s) for your radio(s)
  • Don't laugh - a Pizza Pan - Metal . - works great as a portable ground plane on 5/8 wave 2 meter magnetic mount antenna's. This way, if your assigned an inside post, you don't have to keep running out to your vehicle.
  • A green or orange day-glow vest imprinted with "Emergency Communications" for visibility and identification / recognition.
  • A Hard Hat. It may be a requirement by authorities for your particular post.
  • Magnetic "Amateur Radio Communications" signs - identifies your vehicle.
  • Jumper cables.
  • A serious First Aid Kit.-
  • Battery operated AM/FM radio or mini AM/FM radio / TV. 

The perishable items can be replenished a couple of times a year to prevent batteries or medications from becoming stale. Prescription and OTC drugs usually have a shelf life up to 18 to 24 months.

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Kit Two - Personal Comfort.
4 to 12 hours service
This kit should be an integral part of your basic Jump-Kit.

  • More Snacks. ( Little Debbie's ,pudding cups, fruit cups, Handi-packs etc. and Gum).
  • Water and  juice or Gatorade. (Too much water can flush out your electrolytes.)
  • Wet Wipes./ Towelettes, 
  • Small rags or small towel.
  • A pair of rugged gloves (you don’t know what you’re going to get into)
  • An extra sweatshirt or jacket.
  • A baseball cap and/or ski hat
  • Extra socks.
  • Rugged Boots for outdoor work. Comfortable shoes for indoor work
  • An umbrella, and / or rain suit
  • Toilet Paper - You never know....
  •  A portable chair -(folding lawn type).
    While it most likely won't fit in a bag, it should be taken along in the event you are stationed in one location for a long period of time.