Survivor Dry Box
This is part of a series of posts on equipment supporting my HAM radio addiction…..I mean hobby.
Every Hand Held(HT) radio I have lives in its own box. The idea is to keep everything that particular radio needs to function and operate in 1 package so its a “grab and go” set. The gear room looks like a bomb went off in it anyway so not having to search an hour for a charger or spare battery is worth the Price/Aggravation ratio. This makes packing the truck for hunts or group exercises a far easier process. We still have a few in our group who dont have the communications bug so its far better to say ” grab the orange box marked Garmin 655t” than explaining or describing what radio you want at the moment.
I really like these boxes. They are the perfect size for the small FRS/GMRS radios as well as the Beofeng and Wouxun HT radios, though with those as well as many other brands you have to remove the aftermarket antenna before closing them. With the standard antenna they fit fine. They hold everything for a larger radio like the
Garmin this is set up forThis has the belt clip, Garmin 655t radio in the case, 2 Li rechargeable batteries, a AA battery pack holding 4 AA batteries, manual, 2 software mini chips with maps, 12 volt vehicle charger , 110 charger and USB cable for programming.
Im planning a review of the radio and accessories very soon so stay with me.
In the lid is a very small but functional compass. Im not sure how accurate it is but all of mine point in the same direction (north) and its a nice touch for a box kept in the truck. If you didnt have a compass and you were stranded it would work in an emergency, which is what it is intended to be.
It has 4 holes for securing, 2 small for TSA style locks, but 2 larger a standard padlock will fit, and with a chain in the same padlock it can be locked to the seat mounts in your car or truck.
They are rated as water resistant, not submersible but that’s ok because if its under water so am I and I have bigger worries at the time. Most radios now are very water resistant anyway, so if it gets dunked, fish it out and dump it out. It has a rubber gasket, so short swims should be fine. It does float unless you keep bricks in it. My son says I needed to tell you that. I dont want to know….
It would also be great as a safe for wallets, keys, cell phones and other small items in the field when the weather gets bad, or you want to keep everything in 1 place for quick access. It also would’nt be a bad first aid kit starter box for your kids first car, ask me how I know that.
The Survivor Dry Box is a must have in your radio kit. It keeps everything dry, and in my case dust and static free in the dry climate in Arizona. It rides in the truck, falls off the seats, gets kicked out on the ground by children and the cat sits on it to look out the window with really no noticeable flaws and so far all mine have lasted well.