Here is a checklist of equipment recommended to members of RAYNET to hold in preparation for a sudden emergency call out. First, the basic essentials:
For the means of transport:
A serviceable vehicle, with tank at least half full and a well- charged 12volt battery, a vehicle tool set, a towrope, battery jumper leads for vehicle and radio equipment connection.
For identification and message handling:
RAYNET identification badge, signs and insignia, call out list and message form pad; pens, pencils, paper and clip board and a reliable watch.
Ordnance Survey maps of the area and a compass. GPS if you aspire to such.
Transmitter/receiver radios, hand held transceiver(s) and chargers for these. Antennas, connectors, cables, feeders and an SWR meter. A portable broadcast radio (for news items of status). A mobile telephone (if owned) complete with mains and car charger unit. A multi- meter. A penknife.
For your personal comfort and safety:
Warm and waterproof clothing and footwear, a high visibility jacket, torch with spare bulb and batteries, thermos flasks of tea or coffee, a mug, sugar, cold drink too in case of hot weather. Chocolate, biscuits or similar. A packet of dates, two bananas, a Mars Bar, barley sugar sweets. A penknife, tin and bottle opener. A supply of medical tablets if necessary. Two folding chairs. A mirror. A pair of foil blankets.
Next, an ideal list that would cover all possible circumstances. (Note, ideal but not fully essential and not really expected to be carried unless specified:
· A flashing yellow light on vehicle. (Note: yellow ONLY permitted for RAYNET, not blue or green).
· Your RAYNET rule book.
· Earphones, a loudspeaker on an extending lead.
· Gas ring and spare gas bottle, gas soldering iron.
· A battery charger, connecting blocks, plugs, sockets and spare connecting cables.
· A 240v AC and 12v DC generator. (Not classified as essential due to the cost involved, but an extremely useful piece of equipment in emergency situations). If generators are used the relevant safety precautions must be put in place including ventilation, earthing and residual current breakers.
· At least one fully charged 12 volt sealed or gel type battery to power a fully portable mains independent station, and/or a dry cell type that can be employed for use in any office or depot. Precautions should be taken to prevent any possibility of short circuiting of high energy batteries. (Note: The Health & Safety at Work does not permit acid cells into many buildings).
· Long watertight cable mains cable extension leads, short extension leads with adapters and four to six socket outlets trailing lead.
· Portable antenna mast, as high as possible, e.g. 7 metres, on a solid foundation base. Antenna connectors to mast, coaxial cable, jumpers and connectors, conversion plugs and sockets if needed.
If you can depart from your home location within ten minutes carrying all of the above, you are an ideal RAYNET member, fully able to function without problems at any incident site or emergency location. If you are sent to a Centre or Operational Point within a building you should still have equipment with you to allow for power failure. Furthermore, you may well be suddenly sent out to a remote out station later in the operation. If you have the first five on the list you should still be able to complete your task in most cases.