I had this Eddie Bauer document bag for over 20 years. I don’t think Eddie Bauer sells this bag anymore. I really dig this bag. During my time in Corporate America, this Eddie Bauer document bag was my primary work-bag, carrying work-files, laptop, pens, and mobile phone.
Recently, after many years of storage, I pulled it out of my closet and re-purposed it; hence, I made it my Portable Communications (Comm) Bag, hereinafter, PCB, which contains my Yaesu FT-857D and all the necessary stuff to get my comm gear up and running.
Unlike my bug-out pack, my PCB is not something I carry with me everyday. All the stuff I need for an emergency catastrophe is contained in my bug-out pack, including my emergency comm tool: Yaesu VX-6R.
After I’m done, I pack all my gear up into my PCC or PCB.
When using my PCB, I keep my comm gear in sealed in zip lock bags just in case water penetrates my portable comm bag. My PCC is a Pelican 1520, and it is water-resistant and submersible; hence, I don’t need plastic bags for my HAM comm gear when stored in the PCC.
I like to blend in and not be a mark. I don’t want anyone to know I’m carrying communications gear while walking on streets of San Francisco, New York City’s Manhattan, or Beverly Hills’s, Rodeo Drive during an emergency or civil catastrophe.
I schedule time every single day to learn and practice using my HAM transceivers and learning about the HAM networks; so, I can properly communicate with other HAM operators. Protocols must be followed; and, each repeater has a different protocol for the actual programing of the transceivers, as well as communicating over the radio waves.
After I’m done practicing and learning for the day or night, I pack up my comm gear into their respective containers.
I placed foam cushions in both the boxes to prevent the radio’s body and the radio’s control face-plate from sliding all around while I’m on the move.
These containers are the perfect size for my PCB.
I place the two containers, battery, and all the wires into my PCB, and I store it away until the next practice day or emergency.
I like to travel light; hence, my bug-out pack and my PCB have only the essentials comm gear items I need to boot up my Yaesu FT-875D, send out a radio wave signal, make contact, and coordinate help with other HAM operators during an emergency situation. Unlike most HAM operators, I don’t lug around a multi-piece antenna, yards and yards of coaxial cable, various meters, nor multiple car batteries in my PCB; I keep my PCB very simple.
I enjoy being portable, and my PCB makes being portable easy for me — especially, if I wanna HAM it up while looking at my view of the San Francisco skyline from my penthouse deck.
For heavier duty and longer travels, I move my HAM comm gear into my PCC (Portable Communications Case).
I designed my HAM comm gear to fit my on-the-move life-style; so, I have a carry-system for all my venues.
/s/ Alfonso Faustino (K6ASF)