Originally Posted by KE5ETX
I am interested in learning more about your portable set up with the V8000. Even the rest of your "Go-kit."
I basically started with a web search on them and compared the contents of many different listings. You would have to have a semi-truck to carry all of the items listed on most of these sites list. I found out during the Shuttle recovery that you always need something you don't have, but enough of us showed up to share resources. Write you Call on or label your stuff! What type of Daily Driver do you have? How much storage is available? How much is your budget? Those kind of questions I asked myself.
Next, I looked at the activities I wanted to do with it. Storm Chasing, Public Service events, Disasters, etc.
Finally, I broke the Kit down into 3 units:
1. A small grab kit to go with my mobile equipment. Handheld, extra battery, flashlight, etc. Intended for just being out an hour or two during storm events.
2. A backpack with a duplicate handheld (TH-D7a) with a GPS to run APRS, 12v battery pack, rain gear, sunscreen, adapters, etc. for operating without shore power and being out for the day.
3. A long term kit with a V-8000 mounted on top of a power supply, antenna, coax, etc. for field setup using shore power or my portable generator. Sleeping bag, cot, portable chair, and that sort of stuff can be carried too, if you want. I can also take my mobile radios (HF/VHF/UHF) out of the truck and use with that same power supply which has extra Anderson plugs.
I tried not to duplicate any items in each part of the Kit and arrange them so that each part compliments the others. I tried to also get each to fit inside the bigger part (first two work). A lot of these website lists have the same items in more than one portion and I thought that was a waste of space and money. I do have two of the same handheld, but that is because they are doing different functions at the same time and I have a redundancy and they use the same batteries and accessories.
I have a Summer & Winter car kit that I carry in my truck anyway, so it has a first aid kit, leatherman, etc, so I did not include with the other Kit parts.
The Kit parts live in the closet and I have to dig them out about once a month to charge batteries and such. Some guys have vehicles that allow them to carry a lot of stuff with them all of the time, but I'm not a fireman and usually know the day before if we are expecting a chance of several weather. If we ever have a big disaster, I would just have to swing by the house first. I did use the V-8000 and power supply at home, but I switched mobiles and the extra one replaced it. V-8000's are cheap enough, that I could do this and I believe it is built tough enough to handle the treatment.