Eric Methven's Emergency Radio Go Pack
I got to thinking about a setup for emergency situations. Yes, I have all the camping and survival gear, and the knowledge and skillset in their use.
But what if communications go down: mobile phone towers off, power failure on a grand scale, the internet intermittent or not accessible?

People need to know what’s happening. Especially in today’s technological society where even ten minutes without a smart phone causes feeling of anxiety and the onset of panic.

The reasons for such a thing happening could be anything from severe weather, a CME hitting the earth (Google it), the Russians throwing their rattle out of the pram and cutting off our gas supplies – plus loads of other possibilities.  People in general don’t realise just how fragile everything is, and it wouldn’t take much to make it all go pear shaped.

So, I made a few dinky little go packs up to distribute to essential people like family, friends and other preppers whom I will depend on for mutual support (just as they will depend on me and my own skills).

The packs are completely self contained and are light, portable and can be deployed within minutes. They are also great for a weekend camping with an HT.

  • The box is just a toolbox from ALDI and in there is a 12v 10AHr battery.
  • A cheap Chinese dual band VHF/UHF radio.
  • A roll up dual band antenna that can be slung up a tree for greater coverage.
  • An extension length of coax and various connectors to cobble it together.
  • There are also connectors to recharge from a car or from a solar panel.

All the frequencies on one of the radios are disabled on transmit except for the public licence free channels (PMR446) and are there for info gathering purposes.  That one is for someone who doesn’t have a ham licence.
The other is for a licenced operator and all frequencies are enabled except coastguard and search and rescue.

To compliment it, I made a Flight Deck – an operating deck in other words, so it could be operated in comfort even when sitting on the ground, back against a tree or whatever.  The radio, log sheets and message pad sits on the board held securely in place with elasticated shock cord.

That’s it then.  Pick it up, do away to your safe place (if necessary) and get in touch by radio.
Of course we all have SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) which have been previously worked out, so everyone knows when such and such happens, we do this or we do that. But each of us know the drill.

Then when the emergency has settled down, we all get back to normal, recharge the battery and put it away until needed again.


Eric Methven, Durham City.  IO94ft