In order to be prepared for an ARES involved incident the following lists define those "Go-Kits" that should be packed in advance. These are suggested items, your requirements may vary depending on the activity. Create your own list using this page as a reference guide.

Primary Kit

For portable station operation (so basic you can't do without it)
Carried on your person

  • RADIO (2m HT w/30W linear amp and ps OR mobile unit w/ps)
  • Earphone/headphones
  • Extra batteries
  • Speaker mike
  • BNC adaptors
  • Cig lighter adaptor
  • Notebook/pen
  • Watch/clock

Within easy reach (in a wearable bag or backpack)

  • High gain HT antennas
  • Extra AA batteries
  • Personal comfort/survival

Carried on your person

  • Cap (head protection)
  • ID
  • Money
  • Multitool
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Vitamins
  • Medications
  • Sun glasses
  • Water container
  • Snacks
  • Address book
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper clips

Within easy reach (in a wearable bag or backpack)

  • Insect repellent
  • Sun screen
  • Rain protection

Basic Kit (less than 24 hours of duty)

For fixed station operation
Within easy reach (in a wearable bag or backpack)

  • Scanner or weather radio
  • Clipboard w/NTS forms etc.
  • Maps (State, county; road, topographical)
  • Markers
  • Repeater directory
  • Calculator
  • Return address labels
  • Post-Its
  • Camera

In a tool box

  • 144 MHz SWR Meter
  • Multimeter
  • Propane solder torch
  • Solder
  • Small tape measure
  • Remote antenna(s)
  • Slingshot/fishing line
  • Fuses
  • 50 Ohm Coax
  • Coax seal
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Misc coax connectors and adaptors

Personal comfort/survival

Carried on your person

  • Hiking boots
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Pocketed vest
  • Chapstick
  • Kleenex
  • Compass/whistle/matches (a combination item available in camping stores)
  • Earplugs
  • Eye protection
  • Hard candy
  • Stainless steel mirror

Within easy reach (in a wearable bag or backpack)

  • Binoculars
  • Collapsible cup
  • Cord (2 50' lengths)
  • Flashlight
  • Kerchief/towel
  • Leather gloves
  • Bags and baggies
  • Safety pins
  • Salt
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Hammock
  • In a tool box
  • Rope
  • Sterno tin

Extended operation (over 24 hours of duty)

Fixed station operation

  • Cigarette socket splitter
  • Misc hand tools

In local, secure storage (such as in an automobile trunk)

  • Antenna assortment
  • Camp shovel
  • Power station w/charge cords
  • Mini jumper cables

Personal comfort/survival

Within easy reach (in a wearable bag or backpack)

  • Food
  • Eating utensils
  • In a tool box
  • Butane lighter
  • Fire sticks

In local, secure storage (such as in an automobile trunk)

  • Change of clothes (with extra socks and underwear)
  • Groom kit
  • Main First Aid Kit
  • Pocket-size First Aid Kit (fits in a soap dish or small plastic container)
  • Assorted band-aids
  • Adhesive tape
  • Gauze pads
  • ACE bandage
  • Moleskin
  • Folding scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Needle
  • Forehead thermometer
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Anti-bacterial cream
  • Tylenol pills
  • Immodium pills
  • Benadryl pills
  • Bee sting pain relief capsule
  • Eye-contact lens rewetting drops
  • Eyeglass repair
  • Lip balm
  • Tampons (they also soak up blood from wounds)
  • Personal prescription medications


145.270 Repeater is now on EchoLink

DMR is here!!! Please attend our Patterson Hamfest on 5/12/18 for more details!

You can now help us fund the repeaters/Internet/website fees by clicking on the link below:


Upcoming Events

No events scheduled at this time.