EMERGENCY AMATEUR RADIO KITS and Tactical Gear by KH7O
"POKER" POWER OUTAGE KIT & EMERGENCY REPEATER. Focused on well rounded basic electronics needed when there is a temporary power outage or the other extreme of quick movement with minimal radio and support coverage for any use. Contains FREE PLAY crank generator or rechargeable battery source, or solar driven AM/FM radio, pair of FRS radios for short range disposable weather proof radios, LED flashlight specifically chosen for long lasting low level light (you should always carry a CREE LED type flashlight such as the Romisen RC-C3 available off of ebay and other sites or Surefire E1B backup flashight both use CR123 lithium 3v battery), micro sized LED lantern equiv to candlelight uses 4AA, Radio Shack Simplex repeater controller & ICOM HT radio for extended short range communication extremely light weight and easily deployable enough to sustain communication as a portable repeater until a more permanent solution is found,(Hand Helds cannot be used at active Communication sites as the surrounding levels of RF will desense the Hand held receiver, if you do want to use it at a typical Communication site a single cavity pass band filter will cure the deaf ear problem of desense and restore the receiver's selectivity to better level. Kenwood TH F6A HT chosen also for its high power, light weight , very effective power saving circuit and long lasting Lithium battery pack (standard with radio)or with battery shell just add batteries when needed which makes it perfect for extended time away from a charger power source or extended power outage.
FULL HF/VHF/UHF station with LDG antenna tuner, Kenwood TS50S, SAMLEX 20A switching power supply, Kenwood TM733A dual band mobile. Used a SKB case commonly found at music stores for guitar amps. Universal 19" rack mount shelves, the perforated one is very adaptable without drilling holes. Case is gasketed on front and back for transport. Quick and easy setup once on site. No special tools needed to configure to this SKB case, just some hardware to mount brackets to the shelves or hole through mount of anything you want. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44vM0w4rZOo&feature=channel_page
Kenwood TMG707, SAMLEX 20A switching power supply , force ventilation fan, pelican O-Ring seal kit, rotatable cover light. DC, Power control panel fused and metered with accessory jack to supply additional 12vdc power to external equipment. Bought from West Marine ~$50 to save time wiring fuse/switch/meter/accy jack, looks better then I could have done with the drill press, just had to make new labels and minor wiring in kit to adapt for my power needs. TMG707 Control Head needs to be removed with and placed flat to close lid. Spring loaded mechanical latch on Kenwood TMG707 takes one second to unlatch and a non issue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmnnf0xUWNM
External 12V power such as a car battery can be used to power the kit in the event you do not have access to AC power or operating from your vehicle in the field, similarly a cigarette lighter plug on a cable to anderson power poles can be made to power the kit.
Connectors are color coded to match panel Switch configurations. Internal SAMLEX PS is pig tailed out the back of the panel to supply any other equipment needing 13.8V DC power. The switch configurations control which way the 12VDC power is flowing, turning off the power supply will isolate the external power in to the kit from getting to the SAMLEX PS.
A standard 3 prong AC panel mount socket was scraped from a old Computer power supply along with the 12v fan and blade guard Using a standard computer power cord cutting the plug side off was then wired to the AC rocker switch (black) and fuse holder adjacent to AC socket. This female pigtail will plug into the SAMLEX PS that way no modifications are needed for the PS.
ICOM IC208H used in this kit, same as above however this radio is lower profile and cover will close as is.
Kenwood TM733A , SAMLEX 20A power supply, rotatable light in lid, detachable mini mag light, separate antenna ports for VHF and UHF, DC circuit breaker, Universal AC power cord, AC power supply Fuse , DC external power in/out fuse. Radio remote head surface mounted, radio speaker flush mounted inside kit, forced air cooling for power supply.
Coronary Over Radio (COR) made by Motorola as many have seen in the TV show "EMERGENCY" back in the 70s, using the shell this version uses a Kenwood TM733A with a 12v 24AH gel cell as well as a SAMLEX 20A supply. Lower case is water tight but Control head, mic/spkr wiring is exposed. I scrapped this version and turned toward the Pelican 1450 case versions above due to its heavy weight. Another Ham project standing by for more creativity.
CONTERRA 3 pocket vest capable of carrying GPS, notepad/ placards, HT, spare batteries. This will handle most ham radio Hand Helds. Radio pockets are adjustable but will not handle the extremely large HTs as the Motorola XTS series.
APRS PORTABLE KIT
APRS portable Terminal, using APRS+SA software with Delorme Street Atlas Mapping software, Kenwood THD7AG APRS capable portable radio with built in modem self contained in a pelican 1450 case using pluck foam inserts.Toshiba Libretto used for interface via serial DB9 Com port, send tactical messages using APRS using APRS infrastructure.
Portable Repeater UHF 25w with power supply/ internal battey/ duplexer all self contained complete by Motorola, excellent for ham use, this also has a local speaker microphone which can be used as a base station/repeater at the same time, internal battery defaults to 5 watts, comes with 1/4 wave antenna/magnetic mount, speaker microphone, power cords AC and DC.
General Electric MVP UHF Mobile converted to Repeater 20w
Portable UHF repeater low power 10~20w. Uses NHRC repeater control board made for this model radio. HI-Q Front end, good selectivity excellent overall radio. Duplexer is a celwave 6 cavity reject model 633-6A. Only UHF duplexers with 5 mhz split can be this small,
Plus side:The best for this size configuration. Offers a fairly light weight on the fly repeater
Down side:, range is limited only by actual repeater location. Low power output.
VHF Simplex Repeater using Radio Shack simplex Repeater module
Economy version portable frequency agile VHF HIGH power 130w simplex repeater offers long range in the smallest package. Good for fast response or temporary use. Built with a Mirage amplifier being driven with a 1.5w ICOM 2AT HT, Samlex 20amp switching power supply, Radio Shack simplex repeater module compatible with (ICOM 2AT, Radio Shack ) type portables or with similar mic/ptt configurations. Here is a typical demo of how a simplex repeater works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O55KRm2Cw5E
Plus side long Range, Excellent audio on repeat. Quick and cheap solution. Use it with and old Mobile or HT, can use either AC or Car Battery power . Frequency agile, no duplexer needed just dial it up. Use equipment in the shack until needed for deployment. Light weight portable, great for traveling. Equipment can be used in original configuration until needed.
COR Box designed by another ham
N1RFD made this kit.. real nice anderson fuse block.