HAM Operator - GO Kit

Packing List

Climate: High Desert
Season: Fall
Duration: 0 to 14 Nights
Gender:

Items that would be carried by any HAM operator that is deployed into the field as a part of a HAM team. This could be in support of a scheduled event or a disaster.

Paperwork

_______  Agency Badges - If you belong to an agency
_______  Clip Board *
_______  Extra Pens/Markers - They grow legs
_______  HAM License - Should be carried with you at all times.
_______  Notebook & Pen/Pencil
_______  Photo Identification
_______  Radio Manual - Full version or cheat sheet

Clothing

_______  Agency Shirts - If you are deploying with an Agency
_______  Bandana or Handkerchief
_______  Gloves (Liner) *
_______  Gloves/Mittens (Warm) *
_______  Hat (Brim)
_______  Hat (Knit) *
_______  Hiking Boots
_______  Hiking Pants (Long)
_______  Hiking Pants (Shorts) *
_______  Leather Gloves *
_______  Pocket Vest - For All the stuff you carry! *
_______  Rain Gear - Acts as wind break as well
_______  Safety Vest - You look marvolus !
_______  Shirt (Long Sleeve)
_______  Shirt (Short Sleeve, Wicking ) *
_______  Shoes (lightweight) *
_______  Socks (Heavy)
_______  Socks (Liner) *

Gear

_______  Camera - Good for documenting situations *
_______  Compass *
_______  Day Pack
_______  Dry Bags - For any gear that does not want to get wet.
_______  Extra Batteries - For all the gear you are packing
_______  Flashlight
_______  GPS - Know where you are at!
_______  Hand Sanitizer
_______  Head Lamp *
_______  Hiking Poles *
_______  Jacket/Fleece
_______  Knife
_______  Sun Glasses *
_______  Toilet Paper
_______  Water Bottle
_______  Waterproof Stuff Sacks - Some things just need to stay dry *
_______  Whistle

Personal Items

_______  First Aid Kit (Small) - Needed if no group kit is available *
_______  Hard Hat - If working around damaged structures *
_______  Money - Cash is king in a disaster
_______  Prescription Medications *
_______  Snacks - Peanuts, raisins, energy bars, candy, cheese, jerky, etc. *
_______  Tampons/sanitary napkins  (females only) 
_______  Towel (Small) *
_______  Watch

Group Gear

_______  100' Extension Cord - 12 gauge, with multiple outlets *
_______  12v Gel Cell Battery *
_______  50' of Coax Cable - Missed it by that much! *
_______  AC/DC MultiMeter - I pressed the power button.....
_______  Binoculars - Stay out of danger *
_______  CPR Training
_______  Duct Tape - It has a light side & dark side, and holds the world together.
_______  Electrical 3-way adapter - When plugging in at older locations *
_______  Electrical Tape - Seal Coax connections!
_______  First Aid Manual - Small book covering first aid basics. *
_______  Gas and Water Shut Off Tools - If operating in a disaster area. *
_______  Gloves (Latex) *
_______  Insect Repellent *
_______  Maps - Topo or Street level depending on situation.
_______  Multi Tool - With pliers, wire cutters, serrated blade, screw drivers, etc. *
_______  Poster Paper and Markers - Get the word out! *
_______  Propane Torch/Solder - Field cable repair *
_______  Rope - Hoist your antenna! *
_______  Safety Flares or Triangles - Make sure you can be seen! *
_______  Shovel (Small) *
_______  Solar Charging System *
_______  Sunscreen
_______  Tool Kit - Appropriate size depending to how you are getting around.
_______  Towelettes (Moist) - For cleanup *
_______  Water Purification Tablets *
_______  Water Purifier *
_______  Waterproof Ground Cloth (5' x 7') *

Radio Gear

_______  1/2 Wave Mag Mount Antenna - Better performance than 1/4 wave if you have the room *
_______  1/4 Wave Mag Mount Antenna - Essential if operating from a vehicle (packs down small) *
_______  18" Whip Antenna - Replaces stock "rubber duck" antenna *
_______  Antenna Analyzer - Really know your antenna! *
_______  Antenna Connectors - You can never have too many connection options!
_______  Antenna SWR Meter - Know your antenna *
_______  Base Antenna - When you just gotta get on the air!
_______  External Mic - Or headset with boom mic. *
_______  Extra HAM Radio - Murphy was an optimist!
_______  Extra Radio Batteries - 12 hours worth of power, stay on the air!
_______  Fuses - Positive/negative zap, oh boy!
_______  HAM Radio - Handheld HAM radio (2M/70cm), generally with detachable antenna, power up to 5w.
_______  Radio Charging Cables - Does anyone have a cable.....
_______  Radio Headset - All the better to hear you with! *
_______  Repeater Directory - Paperback or Phone App
_______  Scanner and Local Agency Frequency List - In disaster situations *
_______  Weather Radio - Stay dry & safe!

* Optional Item

The role of the HAM in the field can vary every time you go out. It could be for a simple outing, but it could also be to help coordinate communication for an event such as a parade or bike ride, or it could be to respond to a disaster that is ongoing or has recently happened. This list should get your thinking going, but each situation is different, so really put thought into the situations you may enter into if you are responding to a disaster, and plan accordingly. Above all, keep yourself safe, so you can be a help to those that have been impacted, and not a victim yourself! Also note, this list is geared to one day deployments, not multi day, so if you are deploying into a situation that may've you on your own for multiple days, consider looking at some of the other lists such as the Weekend backpacking trip and Wilderness first aid kit.


Please Note:  This is only a recommended minimum set of equipment based on the past experiences of many individuals. We do not guarantee that it is all inclusive or appropriate for the activities you are planning. The trip leader, and common sense should always dictate the equipment you actually pack.
List generated on 3/25/2017 2:44:24 AM


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