If you have not read My TAC-Comms System: Part 1 please do so... PROGRAMMING RADIOS First we need to get the CHIRPS Programming Software. While the RT6 comes with a Windows software package, I prefer Linux and to use CHIRP for all my radios if possible as it allows for easy cut and paste of frequencies … Continue reading My TAC-Comms System: Part 2
This article is going to cover from start to finish the system I have built for myself and explain the choices made for hardware, software and frequency monitoring / use. I will cover my hamshack solar setup for charging the radios and my portable solar-powered cross-band repeater in separate articles. My goal here is to … Continue reading My TAC-Comms System: Part 1
If you had to pick an HT (Handi-Talkie) for your "Tactical Comms" radio, what would it look like feature wise? I started asking myself this questions recently as I'm in the market for more HTs for SHTF. I currently only have two (TYT-UVF1) radios that I would consider field worthy and while they are nice … Continue reading The Perfect Prepper HT?
What follows is an updated version of my HF “Go Bag” Kit. It weighs in at 28lbs with 3ltrs of water on board and is designed to travel light but NOT freeze at night. 🙂 Over half of the space in the bag is dedicated to the HF Comms kit so I will be able to … Continue reading 2017 “Get Home Bag” & HF Comms Kit
When it comes to emergency comms, there is no more important element to consider than the HT (Handi-Talkie) or "walkie-talkie" that operates simplex on the 2M / 70CM bands. When you consider a grid down scenario the importance of short range "tactical" communications can't be over emphasized and the HT fits the bill perfectly with … Continue reading Solar Powered Portable Cross-band Repeater: Extending your HT Range.
Finally put together a batt-pack for the FT-817. I decided on simple and will be charging the 3400mAh cells on my home based solar powered charging station that I'm building for grid down conditions. This pack stays with my HF "Go Kit" (next post) I keep in my vehicle for comms should I ever need … Continue reading FT-817 Batt-Pack
Problem: Internals are drawn on when the external voltage sags too low. You will deplete your external "SLAB" or other battery but not before killing the AA set in the radio. The FT-817 finals are always on, best to disconnect the source. Solution: Place something non-conductive between one cell to break the (8S) circuit. Remove … Continue reading Saving your FT-817 internal batteries