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Hundreds of hours have gone into research and development in setting up both the US and Australian vehicle in an optimum way.

It should be expected that technical failures and loss of communication will occur multiple times whilst storm spotting and chasing, however being prepared for these failures and knowing how to overcome them quickly is critical to ensuring your safety. 

For those who are new to storm spotting and chasing, keep it simple and don't overwhelm yourself with technology.

Below is an exhaustive list of equipment fitted to the US Rav4 vehicle.
The Australian Rav4 is setup almost identically but with everything in reverse and without the hail deflection shield or PTZ rear camera.

Toyota 2011 Rav4 Automatic / AWD

Vehicle Safety Features
Aluminium Retractable Windshield Hail Deflector
3M Safety Film / 26 Layer / 0.8mm (All windows except windscreen)
ARIES Front Grille Guard

Vehicle Safety Lighting
All Amber & Synchronised
FRONT (1x Tomar S200 LED Dash Mount + 2x Tomar Rect14)
REAR (2x Tomar Rect25 LED)
SIDES (4x Whelen Vertex LED)
Vehicle Recovery
15 Tonne Rated Tow Rope 30 ft
Tyre Repair Kit
Tyre Inflation Device (Electronic)
Jump Start Cabling
Tyre Chains (Snow & Mud)
One Gallon Emergency Fuel
20 Tonne Hydraulic Pump Jack

Vehicle Power Supply & Distribution
Circuit #1 - Vehicle Acc Power (Engine/ACC) - Fused @ 15A
Circuit #2 - Direct Battery Feed - Fused @ 15A
Circuit #3 - Direct Battery Feed - Fused @ 15A
Circuit #4 - Direct Battery Feed - Fused @ 30A
Circuit #5 - Direct Battery Feed - Fused @ 30A
Note: Anderson Powerpoles used for distribution & connections

2x Yaseu FT-8800R Dual Band 2M/70cm Amateur Radio (50W/2m - 35W/70cm)
Yaesu VX-7R Waterproof Dual Band 2M/70cm Handheld Amateur Radio (5W)
Yaesu VX-6R Waterproof Single Band 2M/70cm Handheld Amateur Radio (5W)electrical
Apple IPhone Xs (AT&T)

Apple IPhone 4s (Telstra Australia / AT&T / TMobile)
Samsung CDMA Mobile Phone (Verizon - Emergency / Backup 112 Service Only)
Motorola Iridium Satellite Phone (Disaster Situations / Cell Grid Failure)
Uniden UBCD996XT Digital Base Station Scanner

Communication Antennas
2x Diamond SG7900 Dual Band Mobile Antenna 2m/70cm Gain dBi: 5.0/7.6 (FT8800R's)
2x Diamond NR770HA Dual Band Mobile Antenna 2m/70cm Gain dBi: 3.0/5.5 (Uniden 996XT / VX7R/6R)
2x MFJ Dual Band Mobile Antenna 2M/70cm 4dbi (Backups/Stored)
5x 9dbi Mobile Phone/Data Antenna "Blackcat" 900/1800mhz (Verizon Hotspot / Wilson Phone Cradle / AT&T Hotspot
XM Radio / Satellite RX Magnetic Mount (Baron Mobile ThreatNet)
GPS / 2G/3G/4G/5G MIMO Roof Mount / GPS Dome Antenna

Internet & Data Connectivity
Verizon Hotspot 2G/3G/4G/LTE
Sprint Mobile Hotspot 2G/3G/4G/LTE
AT&T via Sierra Wireless Airlink MP70
5G/4G IPhone XS Data via Tether (AT&T)
XM Radio Satellite / Baron Mobile ThreatNet (Radar Only)


GPS & Tracking
Mapping - Delorme 2014 Street Mapping Software
Primary Antenna - Sierra Wireless Airlink MP70 via Dome GPS Antenna, Link via ethernet UDP Port
Backup - 2x GlobalSat USB Receivers
Backup - GlobalSat Bluetooth GPS Receiver
COM Port Split - Franson GPS Gate – COM Port Emulation
Navman On-Dash GPS
Rand McNally USA 2013 Paper Map

Radar Data Software / Reporting Services & Feeds
Gibson Ridge GrLevel3 Radar Analysis Software v2.8
Baron Mobile ThreatNet XM Satellite Receiver & Software
Allisonhouse Dedicated Server For NWS Radar & Satellite Image Feeds
Spotter Network (Tracking & Monitoring) Storm spotting emergency reporting service.
Radar Scope App (IPhone & IPad Radar Software)

Meteorology Tools & Measurement

Kestral 4000 Wind & Observations Meter
6" Calipers For Hail Measurement

Mounting & Camera Support
hail shield 2Manfrotto 241 Suction Pump Windscreen Mount
Manfrotto 155 Adjustable Bracket
RamMount Universal Laptop Housing/Bracket
4x Manfrotto Photo/Camera Tripods

Computer Equipment

Dell Precision M4800 Laptop (Win 7/64bit)
Dell Precision M4600 Laptop (Win 7/64bit) - Backup

Apple I-Phone Xs/5s
Apple I-Pad

Camera Equipment
Sony PXW-Z90 HD (Front/Dash)
Marshall CV605 SDI POV Camera (Rear)
1x Canon 5D MKIV Digital Still Camera + Various Lenses

2x Canon 5D MKIII Digital Still Cameras + Various Lenses
GoPro4 HD Camera (Rear)
GoPro3 HD Camera (Front/Dash) Cyclic Event Recorder
Axis PTZ Q6115 IP Streaming Camera
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Other Electronics Accessories
Wilson Electronics - IPhone Passive Cell Coverage Booster Cradle
Wilson Electronics 4G TX/RX Booster (Internet)
Blackmagic UltraStudio SDI Capture Device
Osprey SSR-42R 4 Channel SDI Video Switcher

Live Streaming
YouTube Live Streaming Services
Software For Streaming - Wirecast Encoder v5.03

Emergency Equipment (Medical/Emergency)
EMS Backpack (Trauma, Burns, Wound Care, Ice Packs, Thermal Blankets, SMART & METTAG Triage Tags)
Advanced Resuscitation (Soft Bag & Airways)
Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Cardiac Science G3 Pro
Diagnostic, BP, BGL, Temp, O2 Sat, Patient Monitoring
Enclosed Eye Protection, Work Gloves
Small Crow/Pry Bar, Auto Glass Breaker / Seat Belt Cutter
Spray Paint For Search & Rescue Marking
AC Hotstick (Low & High Voltage Detection)
Axe (3.5 Pound Head)

Personal Protection Equipment
Kevlar Protection Helmet
Protective Eyewear / Protective Footwear
Protective Trousers
Reflective Vest
P2/N95 Rated Face Masks
Nitrile Gloves
Fire Extinguisher
LED Maglite Torch + 2x Pocket Torches
LED Headwear (Dimmer + Adjustable Beam)

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