NPOTA 14 Jan 2016 – Chicago Portage AA04

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Amateur Radio Portable Activation Checklist NPOTA/SOTA

In preparing for recent activations (and portable operations in general), I’ve been compiling a checklist to assist in packing. There are items on the list which could likely be excluded depending on your mode of travel and operating circumstances.

IN ADVANCE
Check maps, Google Earth
Check weather reports
Charge batteries
Fill auto fuel

PACK LIST
Coffee cup!
Transceiver (check cables)
Headphones
Microphone/Key
SWR/Power meter
Tuner (check cables)
Antenna(s)
Coax & adapters
Mast and base
Power supply, distro & cables (DC & AC)
Batteries, solar panel, charge controller / regulator, inverter
Rope
Logbook
Paper, Pens, Pencils, Marker, Clipboard
Pocket knife, utility knife, multi-tool
First aid kit
Food and water
Duct tape, electrical tape, cable ties, velcro straps, bungees
Tools
Multimeter
Flashlight, head lamp
Spare fuses
Fan
UTC Clock
HT, spare battery
Cell Phone & Charger
Chair/Table/Lighting
Shelter, canopy, tarp
Caution/flagging tape
Whistle
Safety glasses, sunglasses, reading glasses
Work gloves
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Laptop, TNC, flash drive, cables
Compass, GPS, maps
Call district map, band plan
Cash
Radio manual
Copy of License
List of local emcomm frequencies and phone numbers
Signage & fliers
Rain gear, jacket

POST ACTIVATION
Upload log
Repack for next activation

 

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