EMERGENCY AMATEUR RADIO KITS and Tactical Gear by KH7O updated 6/16/20

  ICOM IC7300 as of June 2020 it is one of the more popular HF radios on the market 160-6m all mode, CAT control for digital modes as FT4 , FT8, Winlink. touch screen for quick menu access. Internal Tuner up to 3:1VSWR, 100W RF out, built in SWR graphical range display/tests. No need to program with a computer, that easy to use. You do need a external 12v supply for this radio. spectrum activity waterfall scope, audio scope, multiple filters (adjustable). built in Recorder/player. memory keyer.  

My quick sheet notes here for 7300

ICOM IC2730 dual band base/mobile high power, crossband capable, menu to set hang time in crossband mode. What i like about this radio is its simple to operate. 2 separate sets of control knobs for each band , no need to play with sub menus after initial setup. RX Sensitivity on both UHF and VHF is excellent in crossband mode while in high power no desense. Computer programmable (optional)  I bought the RT systems software/program cable, While facing the front of the radio  just plug into the most left side speaker connection to USB connector on computer , software screen is one sheet like and excel spread sheet . Im sure there are other software and other radios out there, just describing this because I have it.

ICOM IC208 dual band but only one frequency/channel/band at any one time. workhorse radio. 55w VHF/50w UHF.

click this link for ARRL review  software programmable (easiest way to populate the frequencies/ tones etc) CS-208 is ICOM software for it.. 


100_0764.JPG (138127 bytes)     100_0767.JPG (209345 bytes)     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

IMGP2257.JPG (696568 bytes) 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.

IMGP2260.JPG (689733 bytes)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. 

IMGP2259.JPG (696648 bytes)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.   

IMGP2255.JPG (681284 bytes) ICOM IC208H used in this kit, same as above however this radio is lower profile and cover will close as is.

081103 prototype b.JPG (29492 bytes)  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.

cor1.jpg (34730 bytes)  cor2.jpg (37482 bytes)  corinside.jpg (56743 bytes) 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.

 IMGP0977.JPG (115669 bytes)  IMGP0979.JPG (133526 bytes) 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.


 aprstracker1.jpg (66049 bytes)  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.

DESrptrUHF.jpg (137871 bytes) 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

simprptr.JPG (114632 bytes)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.


Orgbox_backseat.jpg (47349 bytes) COR Box designed by another ham

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n1rfd.jpg (441623 bytes) N1RFD made this kit.. real nice  anderson fuse block.