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VS17 CIV (Civilian) Signal Panel

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The Adventurer VS-17 CIV Signal Panel is a very durable signal panel modeled after the military VS-17 GVX Signal Panel. It is bright orange to attract attention of either airborne or ground search teams. It can be used as an aerial marker to mark locations of those in distress or areas that need to be relocated quickly. Due to its water resistant backing, it can also be used in the construction of a survival shelter.

The U.S. Government uses a similar emergency signal panel for a number of reasons. The Adventurer VS-17 CIV Signal Panel, unlike the military version, is orange on both sides and utilizes high quality (Made in the USA) MIL-C-5040H Type III Parachute Cord as tie downs on each corner. The signal panel material is a highly durable 400 Denier, 100% Nylon with a water repellent backing.

The Adventurer VS17 CIV Signal Panel comes in fluorescent orange and is assembled in USA. The Adventurer Signal Panel is a replacement for the increasingly difficult to find Military VS17/GVX Signal Panel, NSN 8345 00 174 6865.

A signal panel such as this one is required equipment for flights over Canada and a valuable piece of no frills signaling equipment anytime one could find themselves stranded away from civilization.


Military Issue Signal Panel
VS17 CIV Signal Panel
VS17 CIV Signal Panel
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  Specifications:
  Stock#: SN1357
  Series: Adventurer
  Wt: 7.5 oz
  Size: 6" x 9" x 1 1/2" (packaged)
    57 1/2" x 23 1/2" (deployed)
  Material: 400 Denier Nylon
  Tie Downs: MIL-C-5040H Type III (USA)
$17.95
VS17 CIV Emergency Signal Panel
 

More about the VS-17 CIV Signal Marker Panel

 

For many years, we have been including the Military Issue VS-17 GVX Signal Marker Panel with our Wilderness Survival Kits. However, over the last two years, they have been increasingly hard to find at reasonable prices. The reason is that, when the government purchases an item, through the bid process, they purchase the items in bulk. Later, when they find that they cannot use them all, they are released to multiple buyers in the "surplus" market. This is why the VS-17 GVX, NSN 8345-00-174-6865, has been available for a number of years. We have also been selling them back to the government, in bulk, for many years. It is a strange system.

Recently, this surplus VS-17 Signal Panel market has dried up. Those that still have a supply, don't have a large quantity of them. What they do have, they are charging high prices for. This is all for a simple item, made of several pieces of nylon, several grommets/snaps and some cord. We recently found that the cord, in many cases, is not the Genuine Military Parachute Cord, like we offer.

Because we have been making high quality survival kit bags, out of Mil Spec materials for a number of years, we decided to try our hand at making our own version of the VS-17 Signal Panel. We call it the Adventurer VS-17 CIV (for civilian) Signal Panel. We used the same high quality materials, although we redesigned it a bit to keep both cost down and make it available to anyone who wished to carry this inexpensive piece of no frills survival gear. Years ago, we reached out to one of the manufacturers who was making the current item for the military and were quoted $60.00 each, wholesale. We felt this was simply not honest pricing.

 
A little about the original VS-17 Signal Panel
 

There have been many versions of the Military Issue VS-17 Signal Panel. At least some have carried the NSN 8345 00 174 6865. We have found this to be the most common NSN number.Signal Panel Marker Over the years, the VS-17 Marker Panel is the Signal panel that has used by the United States Military and Militaries around the world. It has been attached to tanks, trucks, rucksacks and just about anything that needs to be identified from the air, to include those in need of rescue. The VS17 Signal Panel, or Signal Panel Marker, is often laid out on the ground to identify troop positions to friendly aircraft, or to identify where help is needed.

The Military VS-17 Signal Panel was usually constructed of two pieces of heavy duty nylon which were "laminated" together so that one side would be pink and the other side, orange. This would allow the military to decide what color would be used to convey a "visual" message to air units. For example, pink could mean one thing and orange, another. It would also allow the military to choose the appropriate color based on the terrain. The Military VS-17 would also include snaps so that multiple VS-17 Signal Panels could be snapped together. Also included were tie downs to allow the signal panel to be tied to just about anything. One version even included an integral "pouch" for storage of the signal panel. All in all, we presume that these specifications would be helpful in a military or hostile environments. However, as government seems to do, they paid a high price for these options. The Adventurer VS-17 CIV (civilian) Signal Panel keeps some of the design traits and gets rid of some of the others we felt would not be all that helpful to civilian, and many military, users. This also kept the price down to a reasonable amount while still having the item assembled in the United States.

 
Now to the Adventurer VS-17 CIV Signal Panel
 

The Adventurer VS-17 CIV Signal Panel is a very durable signal panel modeled after the military VS-17 GVX Signal Panel. It is bright orange to attract attention of either airborne or ground search teams and is designed as an aerial marker to mark locations of those in distress or areas that need to be relocated quickly. Due to its water resistant backing, it can also be used in the construction of a survival shelter.VS17 CIV Signal Panel

The VS-17 CIV signal panel is orange on both sides, instead of pink on one and orange on the other. This relieves the customer from an significant cost increase due to the use of one sheet of durable nylon as opposed to two. This also lightens the signal panel from about 1lb each to around 1/2 lb, a significant decrease when carrying multiple signal panels or adding one to your pack or kit while hiking in the wilderness. We also removed the snaps, as most civilians will only be carrying one of these signal panels. However, we included MIL-C-5040H Type III corner tie downs so that the panel could be attached to numerous items, to include other signal panels if desired. This "parachute cord" is Military Issue and Made in the USA, a fact we have found to not apply to numerous versions of the Military Issue VS-17 Signal Panel.

What you will find in the Adventurer VS-17 CIV Signal Panel is a necessary piece of survival equipment, especially when an aerial search is in effect. This signal panel is lighter, but just as durable as the Military Version. It is less expensive and more aptly suited for hikers, campers, travelers and adventurers. The Adventurer VS-17 Signal Panel is assembled in the U.S. This Signal Panel is so popular, it is already being examined by government purchasers as a possible replacement to the military version.


$17.95
VS17 CIV Emergency Signal Panel
 


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