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The GM3VLB Expedition Equipment List


See also the GM3VLB Short Multi-Band Vertical
the GM3VLB Multi-Band Inverted-Vee Dipole
and the GM3VLB Mini-Delta
 


An example of the typical 'pile' of equipment carried by GM3VLB,
on most of his Island Expeditions
(although, in this case, the equipment is to support a team of four, operating three stations, for a single overnight stay)

The following list is based directly on Andrι's checklist, used each time he prepares for another island expedition. The list is neither definitive, nor inflexible. He often has to 'modify' what is taken, taking into consideration each time what the destination and the expedition will involve.

ALUMINIUM CASE (1) :
 
RUCKSACK :
 
ALUMINIUM CASE (2) :
 
Rig etc.
TS-50S (spare)
GM3VLB electronic keyer + lead
Mini straight key
Fist mike
Boom mike/headset (spare x 2)
TX/RX switch (spare)

D.C. Operation
Lead - TS50-to-12V "T"
Lead - Battery-to-TS50 "T"
Lead - Battery-to-generator

Back-up A.C. Operation
120/240V 10A PSU
Over-voltage protection unit
Lead - long - genny-to- OPU*
Lead - OPU-to-PSU
Lead - PSU-to-TS50

Antenna hardware
Switched balun (Inv "V"spare)
T-match mini-ATU
2-way coax switch
2 x PL259 short patch leads
1 x PL259 longer patch lead
2 x 45’ 50R coax PL259/BNC
1 x 45’ 75R coax PL259.BNC
Base-plate & spike for vertical
SWR meter

Logging etc.
Clipboard + 2 bulldog clips
Log-sheets
Island file
Stop-watch (on UTC)
Pens/pencils

Miscellaneous
Roll PVC tape
Cigar socket adapter
Digital thermometer
Light – magnetic base
Torch – 4.5V battery mounted
Talking alarm
Car charger for mobile phone
Lead - Power pack-to-C150

 

“Glenfiddich Toolbox”
Spanner - generator spark plug
Spanner – 10mm/8mm
Spanner – 10mm/13mm
Spanner – small adjustable
Mole-grip – small
Pliers – small
Side cutters
Knife – Swiss army
Knife – locking blade
Scissors – folding
Screwdriver – neon
Screwdrivers – miscellaneous
Screwdriver – flat/star/90deg.
Multi-meter – digital
Voltmeter – 15V
Ammeter - 7A
Leads – red/black (meter)
Croc’ clips – red/black (large)
Croc’ clips – 1 pair small
Tape measure
Gas torch – mini/butane
Maglight torch – mini
Dipole centre-piece
Dummy Load – 50R
Lead – 4mm-T-piece
Lead – grey multi output

Miscellaneous spares
Bridge rectifier – 25A
Spark plug – NGK BMR4A
Oil – generator (SAE 10W-30)
Fuses – miscellaneous
I.C. for 10A PSU
Battery terminals
Fuses, bulbs , I.C.s, etc.

Miscellaneous
BNC/PL259 adapters
PL259 plug
Line – roll of backing
Cord – thin black
Wire – thin
Lighters – 2 (gas)
Batteries – 2 x AA
Battery – PP3 (keyer)
Battery – 4.5V (head torch)
Pens/pencils
Solder
Candle
PVC tape
Wire brush – small
Reading glasses

 

Main compartment
TS-50S (from car)
TX/RX switch
Boom mike/headset
PSU - SEC 1223
Lead: Genny-to-PSU (or OPU)
Lead: PSU-to-TS50 "T"
Small red basin
Head torch
Camera - digital

Clothes (emergency)
Trousers, underwear, shirt, socks, pullover (in plastic bag)

Spare clothes (as required)
Fleece+ towel, trainers etc.

Side pocket (left)
MFJ259 antenna analyser
Lead -red/black 4mm to 12V dc.
Lead - clear extension lead
Lead - PL259-to-BNC patch

Side pocket (right)
Shaving kit
Travel pills
Sea bands
Washing powder

Top pocket (safety etc)
Emergency blanket
Emergency poncho
Midge repellent
Compass
Toilet paper
Rope (thin nylon)
Waterproof cover for rucksack

Bottom compartment
Sleeping bag

Miscellaneous
25m thick rope + karabiners
Bottle orange juice
Midge hat + repellent (Avon)
Kettle
Fishing line/lures
Chair??

 

Cooking etc
Cooker x 2
Spare gas
Frying pan
Pans x 2
Plates (2 large/2 small)
Cutlery (2 sets + "tools")
Dish towel
Table cloth
Pot scourer
Washing-up liquid
Coffee/tea
Sugar/Canderel
Salt
Cooking oil (small bottle)
Cereal
Marmalade
Egg cups/whisky glasses
Glasses
Carrier bags

Food Box/Bag
2 litres water
2 litres Irn Bru
Amber fluid (enough!)
Wine (if possible)
Powdered milk
Bread + rolls
Brunch packets
Egg box (6 eggs)
Cup-a-soup
Tins

Cool-Bag
2 evening meals
Bacon
Cheese (& butter?)

Water
10 litre carrier (or as needed)

On Person
Ferry tickets (if any)
Address book
Cheque book
Ferry timetable
Tide tables (if necessary)
Cash

 

POWER :
 
ANTENNAE :
 
TENT :
 
MISCELLANEOUS :
 
GENERATOR

FUEL (as required by trip)

CAR BATTERY (1 or 2)

PORTABLE POWER PACK

 

INV."V" SHOULDER BAG
(in shoulder bag, with ground spikes and base mounting plate)

MISC. VERTICALS
(inside Fishing Tube, inc. 5m vertical)

 

Porch Tarpaulin

CAMPING ROLL

SMALL HOLD ALL
(with misc. verticals hardware, inc. adjustable coils, radial wire kits, etc.)

 

Wellies/Trainers (wear one pair)
Tarpaulin
Waterproofs
Trolley (if likely to be useful)
Hora C-150 VHF handheld
(+ charge lead)
Cellphone + car charge lead

 

See also the GM3VLB Short Multi-Band Vertical
the GM3VLB Multi-Band Inverted-Vee Dipole
and the GM3VLB Mini-Delta

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