PEP/PERCS Amateur Radio Communications Vest Q & A


Vest # 1155

The safety stripes on this vest are available in either highly reflective orange colour OR with 3M Scotchlite reflective silver colour.

Q.
Who was involved in designing and reviewing this vest?

A.
AJ Bryan - VE7KSN, at Provincial Emergency Program HQ in Victoria, BC and Norm Barton - VE7BZC, Communications Coordinator - Central Okanagan Regional District.
Also included was a local review team which consisted of amateurs with many years of experience in supporting emergency and public organized events. Three of them are now, and have for years serviced mountaintop repeaters, in all kinds of weather, by snowmobile, mountain bike, jeep and helicopter... all have had a great deal of experience in long, ongoing events such as equestrian trials, various triathlons, parades, emergency deployments, practices, and one has years of experience in construction safety... One has several years Emergency Operations experience in a position of responsibility in a large metro area...

Q.
I am aware that one of the design features of the vest is a padded shoulder area, was this done to prevent the problem of loaded pockets riding down in the front?

A.
Yes, this is true... and it is also more comfortable when vest is loaded heavily...

Q.
Did you consider "flap" pockets with Velcro?

A.
Yes, Flap pockets, with Velcro, were looked at, but deemed to be not secure enough for a wide range of "in-the-field" activities...

Q.
I have a concern... We have some of the traffic type mesh vests with a radio pocket...?

A.
This is not a mesh vest... it is made from 1000D Cordura...

Q.
The mesh vest seemed like a good idea at the time, however in practice, because the vest was adjustable to fit all, the weight of the radio pulled it down in the front, regardless of how the fit was adjusted...?

A.
You can see in the detailed vest photo page that:
the model (small) has two heavier type radios in the vest, which is loose fitting on her... there is no evidence of problems with the weight pulling it down...

Q.
My concern is that if an operator hangs a radio in one of the pouches and another radio or cell phone in the other, along with whatever odds and sods might be stuffed into the four other zippered pockets on the front and inside, proper comfortable fit might become quite difficult...?

A.
Our review team (who all tried on the production model vest) represent the full range of sizes from small to very large... they felt that they could adjust it properly... possibly an extra, extra large person might want to arrange for a larger vest, as might a very tiny person...

...One question... does the material breath?

A.
It is meant to be a "tactical" field jacket primarily... and so it is definitely not as "breathable" as say a lighter mesh... but mesh would not be sturdy enough for its intended use... but with its long side straps, it can be worn loose or snug, depending on the circumstances...

Q.
At $125 each, I think people would want something that they can wear comfortably for several hours...?

A.
We all know that it is impossible to meet everyones expectations... the cross-section of opinion that we assembled agreed on the final product... We know that it will be somewhat of a compromise for some and exactly right for others... Cost and the common good influenced us...

NEW...
Q.
Can purchasers from outside British Columbia arrange to have another amateur radio organization logo replace the PERCS logo on the vest...?

A.
Yes. Permission has been granted for the manufacturer to accommodate these requests...

The VEST (#1155) should be ordered directly from the supplier F.A.S.T., in Delta BC Toll Free: 1-888-710-3278

We thank all of you for your comments and questions... (including the bouquets!)
Please feel free to contact us if you have other comments and/or questions!
Norm-VE7BZC

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