DEM Portable Kits
Having deployable equipment can be critical during an incident. It is also important to have everything readily at hand when it is time to deploy. These kits are intended for that purpose, each with its own capabilities and having the antennas and other support to be effective and easy to set up.
The details are provided here to inform and inspire your creativity. Hopefully this provides an opportunity to get ideas, identify sources and learn from those who have done the work previously. In addition you are encouraged to see what others have done with there Personal Kits.
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Portable Amateur Radio Kit
The systems are built in a 4U rack mount rolling SKB case. There are many manufacturers of these cases and they are available from sources from Amazon to a local music store. These were chosen because they are lightweight and can stack with other units. All the equipment is mounted on a 2U rack shelf. There are no penetrations in the box to retain the weather resistant capability. This also allows all the equipment to be removed by removing the 4 screws on the shelf and sliding it out of the case. It does require loosening the screws on the speakers to allow them to rotate slightly to fit out the front of the case.
Land Mobile Radio Kit
During the 2014 Hwy 530 landslide incident, it became clear we needed a portable package that had primarily VHF commercial and air band radios. This was the exact configuration needed to control the airspace over the incident site. Having UHF and/or 800 MHz would be a bonus.
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The Harris presented some wiring issues because the power connection includes a switched “accessory” lead that also has to be powered. Since there are several available outlets on the RigRunner, the white accessory line got its own connector. The speaker output is available via a DB-25 connector in the back of the radio. It was necessary to create an adapter from the DB-25 to the Icom speaker. Antenna jacks from both radios were extended to the back of the shelf.