I’ve had a lot of people ask me what kind of equipment I use when chasing. It’s really not much more than my laptop and some extras, but I’ll outline them here.

Ham Radio Gear

The main HAM radio gear in my vehicle is the Kenwood TM-D710A Dual Band (2m/440) mobile radio. I use it for both APRS and voice communication. I have the Byonics GPS2 hooked up to my Kenwood to provide the GPS data for APRS. My antenna is a Diamond NR770H NMO mount Dual Band which provides a 3.0db gain on 2 meters and 5.5db gain on 440.

Video Cameras

This is my most important piece of equipment. My video camera choice is a Sony CX900 camcorder which I have a Manfrotto tripod head attached. I use a filmtools windshield mount with the Manfrotto quick release to mount to my windshield and Manfrotto tripods.

Still Camera

Stills are taken with my Canon 6D and 3 lenses. The three lenses include a Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art, Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art, and a Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM.


My choice of tripods is Manfrotto brand. They provide stability and ease of use as well as durability. One of my tripods has a fluid video head on it. The second tripod has a pistol grip that I use for easily pointing and capturing still images. The third is a light weight carbon fiber tripod that is great for hiking and travel.


I’m using a Lenovo touch screen quad core i7 with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD running Windows 10. Some of the software applications I run on this include GRLevel3 version 2 & GRLevel2 Analyst Edition version 2 (Radar Data), GPSGate (GPS Data splitter), Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013 (Navigation), Spotter Network (Position Updates), Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop (Photo editing) and Adobe Premiere (Video Editing).

I use the Globalsat BU-353S4 usb GPS Puck.

Laptop Mount

RAM Laptop mount

Mobile Internet

Verizon Wireless Jetpack 4620L 4GLTE Wireless Hotspot

My chase vehicle in front of a storm on easter 2014 in southwest Oklahoma
My car in front of a beautifully structured storm on Easter Sunday 2014