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#287480 - 12/23/17 04:54 PM Re: Urban edc - City [Re: TeacherRO]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 2946
Loc: USA
The one and only job where I had a downtown office, I worked at place where any obvious signs of prepping would have been career-impairing. My laptop bag and on-body EDC was designed around this for getting out of Dodge. In the office I slowly built up a supply of shelter-in-place items occupying a locked file drawer.

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#287487 - 12/24/17 02:38 PM Re: Urban edc - City [Re: chaosmagnet]
Comanche7 Offline
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Registered: 07/04/02
Posts: 435
Loc: Florida
Chaosmagnet,


It is interesting how things change, but still remain the same...

Here is a thread link (should be able to click on it, or paste in browser bar) titled "Why a whistle is important" (Aug. 09-2003) to one of many previous threads regarding kit contents and the like. It's a bit of a read, but interesting. You can also so some forum searches using key words and find a LOT more.

http://forums.equipped.org/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Main=2500&Number=18520#Post18520

I really like Dagny's thoughts on the radio and actually just ordered one from CountyComm.com about 3 weeks ago. [standard disclaimer for CountyComm, just a customer, they have a lot of neat stuff].

Regards,
Comanche7


Edited by Comanche7 (12/24/17 02:40 PM)
Edit Reason: link clarification

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#287492 - 12/24/17 04:43 PM Re: Urban edc - City [Re: TeacherRO]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 2946
Loc: USA
I remember that thread!

Here's my review on the Countycomm GP-5: http://forums.equipped.org/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=264506. The current model is a little bit improved.


Edited by chaosmagnet (12/24/17 08:12 PM)
Edit Reason: Fixed URL

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#287493 - 12/24/17 06:01 PM Re: Urban edc - City [Re: chaosmagnet]
Russ Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4915
Loc: SOCAL
Yeah, the current model has an SSB mode which is nice when listening to HF/SW broadcast on upper/lower sideband. This is a great radio imo. It runs on three AA batteries and if you read the instructions, you will use rechargeable NiMH batteries because the radio can recharge them when connected to a USB 5V power source. One seemingly innocuous accessory is the GP-5 Desk Pod which is a simple aluminum block which allows the radio to stand vertical. Standing upright is a good thing when you use the AM Ferrite Swivel antenna. The pod keeps the radio stable so the antenna can swivel. DSP and a really good AM ferrite antenna makes it an outstanding AM radio. The previous version of the GP-5 SSB is still marketed by the manufacturer as the Tecsun PL-360 but does not have SSB. I have the previous version of CCís GP-5 on my desk here and I use it for AM because itís probably the best AM radio I own.

What else -- Tecsunís Easy Tuning Mode (ETM) allows you to scan the local spectrum and it logs the active stations to temporary memory and then when you tune from station to station, you skip all the noise between stations. Nice feature, but it wonít find weak signals, youíll need to work for those. No piece of tech is a panacea for doing your homework. Know the KHz and MHz of the stations you want.

The GP-5-SSB is a nice radio, but when I think of a survival radio the first comms I think of are local AM/FM broadcast and a different CC radio fills that requirement nicely -- Pocket NOAA/AM/FM Radio. Since the subject is EDC, the CC pocket radio is just that, sized for pocket carry; drop it in your pocket/purse and itís always there. Much smaller and lighter than a GP-5. I have the same radio with the Kaito brand name -- Kaito KA210 Pocket AM/FM NOAA Weather Radio


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#287501 - 12/25/17 03:11 AM Re: Urban edc - City [Re: Russ]
Comanche7 Offline
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Loc: Florida
Russ,

Good info on the AM/FM NOAA radios, I looked and there is a $12 difference between the CC and the Kaito unit, favoring Kaito.

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#287504 - 12/25/17 04:06 AM Re: Urban edc - City [Re: Comanche7]
Russ Online   content
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4915
Loc: SOCAL
Yeah but... The Kaito 210 is for the radio only, the CC Pocket radio is part of a kit including the (very good imo) case and the Clarus Flashlight/Lantern. Price isnít a good comparison unless you have no use for the lantern and case. FWIW.

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#287505 - 12/25/17 04:25 AM Re: Urban edc - City [Re: Russ]
Comanche7 Offline
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Loc: Florida
Russ,

Yes, you speak verily. Good points.

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#288830 - 04/26/18 10:39 PM Re: Urban edc - City [Re: TeacherRO]
TeacherRO Offline
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Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2326
Adding sunglasses and a sunhat to my urban kit

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#288953 - 05/13/18 02:20 PM Re: Urban edc - City [Re: TeacherRO]
JIM Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 1032
Loc: The Netherlands
Some things that I specifically like to carry in a city/urban enviroment in addition to my normal edc

- emergency cash
- powerbank
- prescription medication
- medical/trauma kit
- glass breaking capability (res-q-me)
- extra flashlight or spare battery for primairy edc light
- snacks & water
- plastic shopping bag(s)
- diaper and wipes (for the kid, not for me) wink
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#289005 - 05/17/18 09:09 AM Re: Urban edc - City [Re: TeacherRO]
katarin Offline
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Registered: 06/29/06
Posts: 125
Loc: Ca, usa
I have a question for you urban EDCers. How do you keep the weight down?

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