Last Chance Go-Box 2.0

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Published: 03.01.20

This is follow up to the original Last Chance Go-Box which you really should read first to get a better idea of why the setup is currently as listed below.

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What's Changed?

So I've been busy lately working on my digital comms and how to better fit into the AmRRON model of grid-down communications, and in doing so I've pretty much come to the conclusion that digital is king! Unfortunately, it requires a lot of support equipment!

Equipment that I have setup in my HAM shack, but not stuff I"m willing to setup for a portable operating station at this time. Perhaps if I get a new field radio, but I don't plan on one anytime soon.

While the kit below only needs me to add my laptop and SignaLink USB to be on the air and operating digitally, I am not planning for that scenario at this time.

The FT-817 is strictly a last ditched backup to the TT-599 when it comes to digital comms, and only likely to see daylight if the Eagle were to die or I had to "bugout". So this setup is stored and not being used at the moment, but I keep telling myself that I will get going on SOTA activation's someday when time presents and with that and just "general portability" in mind, I tired to keep things simple and pack-able.

Unlike my previous attempt at having a quick setup, this one is a bit slower, but much easier to pack.

Previously I felt is was a waste to pack gear away for the SHTF scenario, but the reality of the matter is... I'm going to play in the HAM shack 99% of the time when doing digital modes and since that's all I've been doing for the past 6+ months, the portable rig doesn't see daylight.

The setup is still self contained, but with a smaller footprint in the battery department.

Components have not changed much from the previous post, with the exception of a voltage regulator for the Lithium battery system and a 84ft/17ft 9:1 unun and ZM-2 ATU tuner for 80M.

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It just goes to show that you can plan, but you will always be changing things until the gear fits the "mission" which is always subject to change.

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