Gear and Equipment

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ARRL’s Online Store has a variety of items of interest to ARES/RACES operations.

Mike’s Electronics is our local area’s Ham Radio shop and supports ARES/RACES.

Broward ARES/RACES Officially Recommended Gear

A Reflective Vest (two options: a cooler-wearing mesh version or more durable version with pockets) is recommended for some assignments for safety and identification purposes. A hat is also available. Order direct from ARRL or visit Mike’s Electronics (see Vendors above) locally.

Powerpole Connectors


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The Anderson Powerpole is the standard 12 Volt DC power connector for Broward ARES/RACES, as it is for ARES/RACES organizations nationwide. The following are some of the more notable manufacturers and vendors of Powerpole connectors and accessories:

MFJ Enterprises
Quicksilver Radio

West Mountain Radio

Want to make custom cables but don’t want to buy the (somewhat expensive) crimper tool? Ask at one of our meetings and you’ll probably find someone with the tool who is willing to put the connectors on for you.

Label Your Gear

And consider color coding it, especially for items that can’t be labeled effectively.

Member Suggested Gear



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