Following up on a request that would use my main go-kit that didn’t result in an actual need to use my equipment, I decided to “play radio” with the gear.
First I found that some of my gear was disorganized following our QTH move. My bad – my real bad! As a convenience in the house move things got split up.
Second I found some of my gear was not-deployment ready. Either just didn’t work, or because I had let it sit too long needed servicing to be usable.
Third and last, anything rechargeable simply wasn’t charged.
Now the resolution wasn’t all that awful – gather up my gear, test & replace anything not go-kit ready from other back items, and put things on charge.
But it sure wasn’t anywhere near the “grab-n-go” ready state I had been thinking I had.
Long term some thing are going to change.
- The go-kits are going to be simplified to more robust gear. Most likely the radios will change in the process to something more robust.
- Testing (and charging) are going onto my homestead calendar of chores.
- Everything for a single go-kit is being color-coded.
- A laminated inventory is being attached to each go-kit, including a prominent display of number of things needed (1 of 3 Blue Go-Kit, 2 of 3 Blue Go-Kit…) So I can quickly see if I need three grab-items for a go-kit and whether I have all three.
- Each ‘grab-item’ is getting a playing card set of laminated green and red readiness cards. The red hangs out until I’ve checked & rechecked readiness against notes, then the red goes inside the “grab-item” and the green comes out- If there is an inspection/charge date to be observed, the green card gets that written on it in grease marker.
- Everything in the go-kit get tested in actual use annually.
- Go kits are being standardized, so I could in a pinch use parts of one with another.
- An optional extra part to each kit will include a solar panel and cabling to recharge that kit, and some general maintenance items.
And yes I have more than one kit, leaving them at each main station QTH.
More as I think further on being truly “ready!”