This article and photos were contributed by Repsfo, a member of the American Preppers Network. He attended the NC camp-out on June 8-10, 2012, and demonstrated the equipment listed below. Two of the attendees, including my husband, passed their tests today to receive their HAM Radio licenses. I am sure Repsfo was an inspiration!
Repsfo brought a pretty awesome camper that several people inquired about. Here is his description of a prepper’s dream bug-out tent camper.—Vina8
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The camper is self-contained and also has a portable sewer tank / porta-potty.
Will sleep 4 persons on two beds and a third “short bed” if the table is lowered.
It has a small 12V raw water pump with hoses for drawing from streams/ lakes (water must be purified before use).
It now has a 17 Gal. fresh/clean water tank that has replaced the 30 gal. to make space for the deep cycle batteries.
There is a 22 gal. solar/propane hot water system that can be set up outside, with shower enclosure.
Solar alone will heat the water to 150 degrees, it can then be boiled quickly using a propane burner. Allowed to cool before being transferred to the fresh water tank using a battery operated pump.
Using an auxiliary 110W solar array and extra deep cycle battery set up on ground near camper a small 40W cooler can be run 24hrs a day.
All lighting in the camper is low power LED.
The utility box carries 40# of propane as well as all the hardware, (jacks, pump, hoses, water connectors/ filters, electrical connectors)
This camper was set up as a VHF/UHF Ham radio station at the NC State camp out this past week.
The following are examples of contacts that were made Friday evening and Saturday morning and afternoon.
6Meter SSB 40W into a dipole @ 20ft – Baltimore 322 miles.
6Meter FM 40W into a 1/4 wave verticle – Sauratown Mtn. repeater 57 miles.
6Meter FM 40W into a 1/4 wave verticle – Mt. Mitchel repeater 80 miles. Brought up repeater but no one answered.
2Meter FM 25W into a 5/8 base load verticle – Local Repeater 24 miles.
2Meter FM 25W into a 5/8 base load verticle – Mt. Mitchel Repeater/net 80 miles.
A little noisy but would have would have been able to talk with stations in Mtn City, SC 144 miles away and Cleveland ,TN 214 miles away using the repeater
10Meter SSB 25W into a dipole @ 20ft – South Florida 650 miles away.
10Meter SSB 250W into a Dipole @ 20ft – Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 4900 miles.
In addition to Ham radio, MURS, FRS/GMRS, Public service monitors, CB, and HF/SW receivers were available.