Bugging Out: First-Aid Kits

By Jay Leeper, W4TFX


Jay Leeper, W4TFX

One of the first items to be created for a go kit is a first-aid kit. However, putting one together is a task that needs to meet individual and situational demands. Again, make a list of the items required for the situation, then choose a case that will contain them.

When packing your go kit, the first-aid kit needs to be where it can be reached quickly, without fuss. Side pockets or back pockets, or even a molle bag attached to the pack, will serve in any emergency.


The primary concern is personal medications. Along with the medicines, a copy of prescriptions would be appropriate, especially if the meds are narcotic or barbiturate based. Conflict with authorities at the site of an emergency is not pleasant. Neither is having to do without meds due to confiscation. If the need should arise for refills, having prescriptions and contact numbers for doctors are handy things to have!

Over the counter meds, such as Aspirin, need to be labeled and placed in a different style of container, so finding them in the dark wont be difficult. A small light is also handy.

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License classes and testing scheduled for December 7-10

wfd_2015_9Classes will be given for amateur radio licenses on December 7, 8 and 9, from 6PM to 10PM with testing on December 10 at 9:00 AM. The location is 1041 George Rogers Blvd., Columbia, SC. There is no cost for training but $10 cash is needed for testing on Saturday. Walk-ins are welcomed for testing.

Questions? E-mail Stan, N3LU, at midlandsve@gmail.com, or call 803-467-4731.

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W4FSV: From CQ Magazine, “A Field Day 40 years in the making”

W4FSV operating Field Day in 1976 in Schenectady, NY.

W4FSV operating Field Day in 1976 in Schenectady, NY.

The Columbia Amateur Radio Club’s own Bill, W4FSV, was featured in the most recent issue of CQ Magazine in a story of “two QRP Field Day operations separated by four decades.”

We also want to send Bill some well-wishes after a recent surgery. Please keep him in your thoughts!

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SKYWARN Recognition Day Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

skywarnThe public is invited to attend SKYWARN Recognition Day on Dec. 3 at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in West Columbia from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Please RSVP to Doug Anderson, W4WNS at caewx@noaa.gov, or call (803) 822-8133.

Events include:

  • Special Event Radio Station WX4CAE – operational the entire day.
  • Basic SKYWARN Spotter Class – 10 a.m. until noon
  • Introductory SKYWARN Net Control Orientation – 1-2 p.m.
  • Food provided.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission protecting life and property. Amateur radio operators form a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. They provide vital communication between NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative.

During the SKYWARN Special Event ham operators and other SKYWARN spotters are invited to NWS offices for food, learning and fellowship, and to contact other radio operators across the world. Awards can be earned for contacting other NWS offices! You DO NOT need to be a ham radio operator to attend!

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