ARES RACES GO KIT
Saturday, April 19 2008 @ 07:29 PM GMT+4
Contributed by: Anonymous
In this month’s QST (May 2008 pg 62 &63) there is an article on “The Highly Versatile Orange Box”. I coincidentally just finished a similar “Go-Box”.
1. HF & VHF communications multiband
2. Light weight- under 25 LBS
3. Self contained- water resistant.
4. Aux 12 V power output.
5. Separate battery box.
6. Power supply w 110 volt source- either generator or battery w inverter.
Major equipment HF Go Box:
BOX: MTM Case-Guard SPUD7 in Orange. (L)18.25” x (W)13” x (H)15.25”, 6Lbs.
I choose this box after seeing several other go-box articles and this box has been used with success. It is light weight at 6Lbs. It is waterproof and will protect the equipment. I choose not to drill any holes in the box. Holes can make the box weaker and susceptible to water seepage. It has a flip top storage compartment in the lid and can hold connectors, tools, paper, pens and pencils ect. It also has a removable tray which I use for other purposes.
Radio- ICOM 706MKIIG- HF & VHF- is a compact HF/6m/2m/70cm all mode transceiver with built-in DSP. This rig has been around for over ten years. Most of the bugs have long been worked out. It is very versatile. This was the first rig that I purchased and was gathering dust in the shack, so it was not a hard decision to use this radio for my go-box. Transmit max power: 20A; Receive standby power: 1.8A; at 55 watts the current draw is 12A; weight: 5 lb 6 oz
Antenna Tuner- MFJ 929– Another item that was lying around in the shack. http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-929
AC line conditioner: Tripp Lite Ultrablok428- good for power surge or spikes- if I had to hook up to an unknown generator. Possible spikes & surges can damage all your equipment. http://www.tripplite.com/products/product.cfm?productID=94
West Mountain Rigrunner 4005- easy way to distribute 12V power to all components. Each output is fused to help protect each piece of equipment. http://www.westmountainradio.com/RIGrunner.htm
West Mountain PWRgate PG40 backup power switching station- Can hook up both 110V & 12V battery with automatic switchover if one loses power. http://www.westmountainradio.com/PWRgate.htm
Samlex SEC 1223 switching power supply- light weight. 12V 23 Amp. http://www.samlexamerica.com/products/power_subcategory.asp?packagetype=3&CategoryID=2&title=Desktop
TG model N8XJK Super battery booster. When you are hooked up to battery power- most of the time your voltage will vary between 12.8V down to 12V or lower depending upon the charge & age of the battery. This item will keep battery power at a constant 13.8volts. Your radio is designed to be powered at 13.8 V for maximum power & efficiency. http://stores.tgelectronics.org/StoreFront.bok
Anderson powerpoles were used for all 12V power connections. These are the standard for Races use.
Global solar SunlinQ 25 watt folding solar power panel- to charge batteries.
http://www.globalsolar.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=67 Solar charge controller- on same web page. This item was not in the pictures.
PWRbrite LED Strip- low wattage light source. http://www.westmountainradio.com/PWRbrite.htm
Pelican 1300- Orange- 9.87" x 7.00" x 6.12", 3.09 Lbs. Very sturdy & durable. http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail.php?Case=1300
2- Power Source 12V 18ah Gel Cell batteries.
Pigtail with Anderson powerpoles.
110 Volt power source:
Xantrex powerpack 600HD- supplies up to 600 watts of AC power via three 115-volt AC and/or one 12-volt DC output. Has a 28 amp-hour battery, built-in light, AM/FM radio and digital alarm clock. http://www.amazon.com/Xantrex-Powerpack-Jumpstarter-Inverter-Backup/dp/B000E6LEIC Measures 14 x 22 x 9.2 inches; weighs 29 pounds. Not pictured.