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A Go-Kit is made up of a portable “Amateur radio” station and assorted personal gear that can quickly be assembled to respond to a “Call To Service”. What the kit will consist of depends on the type of incidents being responded to and potential extent of the events.
- The best kit for you may not fit a “canned” list, but should be based upon your operating mode, experience and local conditions.
- A typical “go” kit should sustain a day of continuous operation and be easily supplemented for overnight or weekend trips. The bare essentials are a 2-meter or dual-band radio, some sort of “gain” antenna, auxiliary power source, writing materials, comfort and safety items. You can do a lot with a minimum kit, if you plan its contents carefully. There is risk of not having something you may
need if you go “too” light, but obvious “bells and whistles” should stay home
- A Go-Kit radio is usually capable of more transmitter power than a HT. It is good practice to use no more transmitter power than required, but it is also necessary to have enough power available to complete the communications. The additional transmit power does not have to be utilized, but if needed, it is there.
- The ARRL ARES Field Resources Manual provides excellent guidance on “Go” kits.