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Your Ham Radio Go Kit

Part of the Ham Radio For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Would you be ready if a call came from your local emergency communications (emcomm) group to provide some ham radio expertise for a day or so? Items in the following list are the basics of what should be in your radio go kit. Now is a good time to check your supplies and be prepared! Don’t forget to put together a personal go kit, too.

  • Dual-band (VHF/UHF) handheld radio and mini manual

  • Full-size flexible whip antenna

  • Copy of your Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license and any emcomm IDs

  • Mag-mount antenna with necessary adapters for connecting to various connectors

  • Extra battery packs and charger

  • AA-cell battery pack if available and fresh batteries

  • AC power supply and cigarette-plug cord with spare fuses

  • Headset with microphone (preferred) or speaker-mic

  • Copy of your local emcomm frequencies, phone numbers, and procedures

  • Pocket knife and/or multipurpose tool

  • Flashlight or headlamp and spare batteries

  • Pencil and notebook, clipboard, and permanent marker

  • Duct tape, electrical tape, and a few small cable ties

  • Cash for food, gas, and telephone calls (about $20 in small bills and change)

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