Continuing on from my first post, I am going to put together a portable VHF/UHF Intercept Kit to show readers what can be done with common off-the-shelf components. Keep in mind that the important matter is not “What is it?”, but the “How does it all work together?”.
For the case, I found a milsurp Organizer Pouch for $10 at a local Army/Navy Store. They allegedly were components of a larger medical kit. The build quality puts them as either USGOV milsurp, or very high quality commercial production. Either way, the price was right, the quality is excellent, and they hold all the components of the intercept kit. In general, I and others have found that surplus Medical and EOD-specific pouches, field gear, and other LBE make the best commo/electronic bags due to the large amount of compartmentalization they offer. Stick with genuine GI Milsurp or high-quality commercial production. If you hit the Army/Navy stores, you can find gently-used high-quality gear like Tactical Tailor and London Bridge for the same price, or maybe a little more, as new Condor and Rothco crap.
Here is the bag opened up. To the right there are two deep drawstring pockets and a bunch of smaller pockets that have antennas in them. To the left is a big velcro-sealed pocket and elastic straps. The straps are securing a couple pens and a flashlight.
Here are the contents of the kit, specifically:
- Radio Shack PRO-96 Scanner with Rubber Duck Antenna
- Radio Shack PRO-97 Scanner with Rubber Duck Antenna
- Radio Shack Telescoping Whip Scanner Antenna RS# 20-006
- Radio Shack 800 MHz. Scanner Antenna RS# 20-283
- AA Alkaline Batteries
- Small Flashlight
- 120V AC-to-9V DC Wal-Wart Power Supply
- 12V-to-9V DC Converter.
The Radio Shack PRO-96 provides P25 CAI monitoring capability, and trunked radio system tracking for Motorola and EDACS systems. The PRO-97 will track EDACS, LTR, and non-rebanded Motorola systems, and provides “Signal Stalker” near-field signals detection and monitoring capability (aka “Close Call” in Uniden scanners). Frequency coverage range for each unit is as follows:
PRO-96: 25-54, 108-174, 216-225, 406-512, 806-960, 1240-1300 MHz. – Expandable via software.
PRO-97: 25-54, 108-174, 216-512, 806-960, 1240-1300MHz.
Both scanners operate via 4 AA batteries or 9V DC, and will charge their batteries when running on external DC power. A set of fully-charged 2000 mAh NiMH batteries will power the scanner for an average of 8 hours. Both scanners use a standard BNC female connector for an antenna connection. A telescoping whip antenna and 800 MHz. scanner antenna provide increased reception performance over the stock rubber duck.
The flashlight is a 2AA Black & Decker purchased for $4 at a local Job Lot/Odd Lot store. It uses the same batteries as the scanners, and came with colored lens filters for nightime-use.
The Wal-Wart and DC Adapter allow the units to be powered via 120V AC or 12V DC. In both instances the installed NiMH batteries will be charged while operating in this manner.
Pens and a $1 notebook for recording intercept data.
Extra AA batteries for the scanners and flashlight.
Plenty of room in the case for extras such as a lightweight jungle antenna and 550 cord, small frequency guide, or maybe more AA batteries.
To be continued…