ARES - Grab and Go Checklist        VA3DAE / 2018-10-10

Check off items on your way out, bring a checklist with you, and check off on your way home
Apply common sense, judgement, and foresight as needed. Label your belongings with your name / callsign.

 

 

Copy of your Amateur Radio Licence

 

 

 

Photo ID

 

 

 

cell phone, ARES pager, Blackberry, tablet

      USB power bank to recharge phone, etc

 

 

 

At least 2 pens and at least 2 pencils, and 2 markers for making signs

 

 

 

Clipboard or some type of writing surface

 

 

 

2 metre Handy Talkie(s), with spare batteries, AC adapter

 

 

 

amplifier for 2 meters, with power adapters / splitters

      mobile radio that supports cross band repeating, with antenna, headset...

 

 

 

higher power radio, with DC & AC power cords

 

 

 

Extra antennas such as "Roll up J-pole", mag mount, collapsible 2m yagi or other higher gain antenna

 

 

 

copies of manuals for radios

 

 

 

50+ feet of eigth inch nylon rope for antenna rigging.

 

 

 

50+ ft of RG-58 or RG 8 with PL-259s on both ends, plus 

 

 

 

adapters for BNC, SMC,  barrel connectors, all adapters needed to use any antenna on any radio

 

 

 

2 more short coax jumper cables than you could possibly need

 

 

 

DC power converters & splitters for cigarette lighter, Anderson Powerpole, and alligator clips to battery

 

 

 

12 V power pack(s) with cigarette and powerpole adapters

 

 

 

large 110 V Power supply, in case you’re sent to a location with power

 

 

 

110 V extension cord, large transformer friendly power bar

 

 

 

speaker mic, headphones, foot switch for PTT,  boom mic headset

 

 

 

toolkit: cutters, stripper, pliers, knife, screwdrivers, electrical/duct tape, wire, solder kit, DMM...

 

 

 

Swiss army knife and/or multi-tool

 

 

 

Flashlight ( At least one ) with spare batteries

 

 

 

spare fuses for everything in your kit

 

 

 

cable ties, rubber bands, velcro straps, twist ties

 

 

 

Cash, toonies, loonies & quarters for pay phone calls and vending machines

 

 

 

Rain Coat, poncho, waterproof hat, umbrella

 

 

 

Warm Clothing if weather is cool/cold. Think Layers. Be nice to hands that operate a radio outside.

 

 

 

Hat for protection from sun, or for warmth

 

 

 

Sunglasses / sunscreen / insect repellent

 

 

 

full change of clothes

 

 

 

enough toiletries, personal medication, contact lens stuff for an unplanned overnight stay

 

 

 

first aid kit

 

 

 

throat lozenges for hoarseness

 

 

 

aspirin / advil / tylenol

 

 

 

enough food to get you through 12 hours: granola bars, mixed nuts, dried fruit, GORP, bottled water

 

 

 

Map of London, map of Ontario, compass, GPS

 

 

 

car jumper cables

 

 

 

generator, gas can with/for generator fuel

 

 

 

blanket / tarp / rope for rigging shelter from sun or wind

 

 

 

camera / binoculars

 

 

 

folding chair(s) / card table

 

 

 

APRS tracker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“For a callout, leave home with a full stomach, an empty bladder, a topped up gas tank and a plan – D.Elliott”