Avoid the Mistakes of the Past

In this interview, James from Shack in a Box shares valuable insights on building a go kit for emergency communications. According to James, one of the first mistakes people make is buying a large box and trying to cram too much gear into it. This can lead to weight and bulk issues, making it difficult to carry. Instead, James recommends minimizing points of failure and keeping the kit light.

Powering Your Go Kit: The Right Way

James also emphasizes the importance of considering power options, suggesting the use of lithium-ion phosphate batteries, and the endless possibilities of adjusting the power source into the liking of the user, including into building a solar generator. He highlights the benefits of having an uninterruptible power supply that can run off a battery and be recharged in the field. Additionally, he recommends separating VHF, UHF, and HF radios to maximize flexibility and minimize annoyance when working with multiple frequencies.

Jim and James from Shack in a box talking

Takeaways from a Pro: Measuring Twice, Drilling Once

Finally, James shares some words of wisdom for those just starting out in emergency communications. He emphasizes the importance of measuring twice and drilling once, as well as having spare LEDs on hand (since mistakes will happen!). If you’re looking for a turnkey solution or want to learn more about Shack in a Box’s services, you can visit their website at shack-in-a-box.com.