Communication Equipment

Depending on your assignment, your choice of communications equipment may vary. This list represents the basic equipment and tools you will need for any Washoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service assignment, as well as items tailored for some different tasks:

Recommended basic communications equipment:

Not all of this equipment will be applicable to every WCARES member, or needed for every assignment. It is more important that you pick-and-choose the equipment that is right for you, and that you keep the equipment ready to go.

Recommended equipment for Net Control Station operators:

Recommended equipment if you're on foot:

Recommended equipment if you're mobile in an automobile:

Recommended tools:

Not all of these tools will be appropriate for every assignment. For example, a minimal tool kit will better serve the Amateur operator on foot, rather than lugging every conceivable tool around. But, this kit could be left in a vehicle nearby, in case heavy maintenance becomes necessary.