Big Island ARRL News, 06 June 2017,15:35 hrs, UTC, Post #216.
Accessed on 06 June 2017, 15:35 hrs, UTC.
Author: David Coursey (N5FDL).
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If you want to update your emergency “go kit” for ARES, RACES, SATERN, or any other emergency communications group, you may want to consider the emergency VHF/UHF go kit made by QuickSilver Radio. David Coursey (N5FDL) does a complete analysis of this VHF/UHF communications package suitable for radio amateurs. The package, as illustrated in David’s article, comes complete with a Jetstream JT270 VHF/UHF rig covering 2 m and 70 cm, a dual-band antenna, dual current USB power sockets, batteries, and other features. The price for the new go kit is $349.73.
Based on what you get for the price, David thinks the Hammo-Cam package is a good deal:
“Normal people will appreciate a professional appearance, the ability to ask the vendor to do customization, and when the UPS guy appears will consider this to be money well-spent. I am in this camp.”
“I have about 3/4 convinced myself that my next medium-sized lottery win can be used to purchase one of these. Updating my existing box to add better power management, replace the Motorola radio with something smaller, add earphone jack(s) and speaker controls, etc. is a $200 project, tops.”
“Adding a really large external battery might be $200 as well. But either radio box could use it.”
“I have ordered from Quicksilver Radio in the past and like the company as a vendors and would not hesitate to order from them.”
Don’t forget the 2017 ARRL Field Day on Saturday and Sunday, 24-25 June 2017. Hawaii Island radio amateurs will meet at the Eden Roc park and community pavilion, beginning at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, 24 June. The event ends at 8:00 a.m., Sunday, 25 June.
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