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Eyes and Ears for Air Defense

PROJECT

Procurement of Night Vision Devices, Binoculars and Radios

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20.06.2022
THIS SPECIFIC PROJECT IS CLOSED - THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HELPED
YOU CAN STILL HELP BY DONATING AT MAIN PAGE



Please consider joining the cause and helping to Defend Ukraine from EVIL!

(please read below the entire text about background, procurement plant, finances and overall progress)

Europe (EUR): PLEASE CONTRIBUTE WITH
  1. REVOLUT (try it because PayPal sucks) at https://www.revolut.me/genevr
  2. PAYPAL EUR ("Friends & Family") at https://paypal.me/eurogvr/
  3. EU SEPA BANK WIRE - CLICK "CONTRIBUTE" BUTTON BELOW

USA/INTL (USD): PLEASE CONTRIBUTE WITH
  1. ZELLE (U.S. bank to bank wire, no fees) to yevtech@pm.me
  2. REVOLUT (PayPal sucks, if can't do Zelle) at https://www.revolut.me/genevr
  3. PAYPAL USD ("Friends & Family") at https://paypal.me/gvr/

[2022/04/13 - Note from Yevgen]: Make sure to checkout "Connect/Updates" section. This is where you find all ongoing updates with pictures (click on each Update Headline to see pictures)!

[2022/03/31 - Note from Yevgen]: If you here, you know me personally or trust someone who knows me. This project is real, driven by myself and I put my reputation behind!

In fact, it's only a second time in my life I ask friends to contribute to a cause... a good cause... a cause on the Good side... on the right side of History... on the God's side.

The only other time was the cause of collecting 60k EUR donations for Child (1.5 years old) Cancer Treatment that has been successfully accomplished in Spring 2008 within approximately 2.5 months timespan.

But this time is different... every day counts... every Day of War causes death, destruction and insurmountable suffering. Google "bucha" or search #bucha #massacre on social media.



Campaign Background:
Air Defense Division on Eastern Front of Ukraine need basic equipment to effectively recognize, communicate and shot down incoming objects of the enemy. There are twelve divisions and the request is to get at least 3x devices of Night Vision, 3x binoculars and 3x Radios per division which makes 36x of each. We don't know if we will be able to fund and deliver all of it but we will do our best to fund and buy at least part of it.

How the campaign organizer is related to the above. The request came personally from childhood friend who is former military officer in reserve and got contacted by his mil. colleagues from the described divisions. You would think they would have this basic equipment but apparently they don't.

Our approach is to work through request from the easy-to-get and more affordable to high priced items and deliver those in separate shipments asap. We do our best to try to hit right price/quality balance. All contributions, spending, invoices updates will be transparently shared on this platform.


Current Procurement Plan

 

Funding Target: ~ 60.000 USD  ( ~ 55.000 EUR )  16-20.000 USD  ( 15-19.000 EUR )

Funding Secured (debit): + 4870 USD - as of 20 June 2022


Spending Total (credit): - 9045 USD  ( 4175 USD my own money ) - as of 20 June 2022

-500€ (24x Radios); -785€ (2x Bushnell); -1600€ (1x Jahnke); -1000€ (10x 5x Nikon 16x50); -850€ (4x Vortex 12x50); 1x -775€, 2x -840€, - 3x15€ shipping (Canon 18x50); 1x -830 EUR (Canon 18x50 - NOT NEEDED WILL BE SOLD AND MONEY USED FOR NIGHT VISION -- SOLD with 80 EUR loss) 


*** PRIORITY ***
NEEDED EXPENSIVE THERMAL VISION DEVICES...

1) [NOT-ACHIEVED / CLOSED] 12x 6x Night Vision Devices - Target ~36.000 15.000 EUR; Spent ~ 2400 EUR

INFO: Night Vision devices the most expensive and hard to get equipment. The exact model and device yet to be defined but we are looking at 3000 EUR/unit. It is very expensive and we are looking to buy those last and we don't know if we will be able to. Maximal planned spending 36000 EUR (12x3000 = 36000 EUR).

NEW 2x ATN OTS 4T 640 4-40X  $4.000/unit = $8.000



NEW 1x Jahnke Thermal PULS  €2200 ~ $2320


1x USED DJ-8 7.5x €2200 ~ $2320





UPDATES:
02 April 2022: 
  • Ordered new 2x Bushnell Equinox Z2 6x50 (6x digital magnification) Amateur Night Vision Monocular for 1818 PLN/unit. Equipment cost  2x 1818 = 3636 PLN (~ 785 EUR). Expected shipping date 14 April 2022.
  • Found used 1x Jahnke DJ-8 7,5x56 (7x optical magnification) High-End German-made Night Vision Monocular for 1600 EUR. Purchase in progress. (New unit price at 4180 EUR)
08 April 2022: 
  • Delivered to 1st layover location (PL) - 2x Bushnell Equinox Z2 6x50
  • Paid and shipped - 1x Jahnke DJ-8 
14 April 2022: 
  • Delivered to 1st layover location (EU), successfully tested, shipped to next layover in PL - 1x Jahnke DJ-8
  • Delivered to Eastern UA - 2x Bushnell Equinox Z2 6x50
21 April 2022: 1x Jahnke DJ-8 - Delivered with delays to 2nd layover location (PL), to be shipped to UA
26 April 2022: 1x Jahnke DJ-8 - Delivered with Eastern UA
30 April 2022: 1x Jahnke DJ-8 - Delivered to Frontlines!



*** MISSION ACCOMPLISHMENTS ***


2) [CLOSED] 36x Two-Way Communication Radios - Target ~3.000 EUR  Spent ~500 EUR
INFO/PLAN: Manufacturer either Baofeng or Midland. Pricing up to 75 EUR/unit. Pricing and supplier being negotiated. Maximal planned spending 3000 EUR (36x75=2700 EUR + 300 EUR buffer for shipping etc).

UPDATES:
02 April 2022: 36x Retevis RT28 radios purchased. Equipment cost 18x 2-Pack Retevis RT28 a 127 PLN = 2286 PLN (~500 EUR). Radios are enroute with a multi-stop delivery chain. Total shipping cost to final destination in Ukraine are unknown yet. Once shipping safely arrives at final destination I will publish all invoices and pictures taken on the way.
10 April 2022: Delivered to Eastern UA.
12 April 2022: Delivered to Frontlines!

3) [CLOSED] 12x 3x Canon 18x50 IS AW Binoculars - Target ~14.000 EUR  Spent ~2500 EUR
INFO/PLAN: High-end Binoculars with 18x magnification and Image Stabilization. Pricing 1090 EUR/piece (adding 10 EUR/piece buffer due to inflation price fluctuations). Maximal planned spending 14000 EUR (12x1100 = 13200 EUR + 800 EUR buffer for shipping etc).

UPDATES:
02 April 2022: No progress, product is available but missing funds.
08 April 2022: Purchased used/like-new 3x Canon 18x50 IS AW Binoculars
18 April 2022: 1x Canon Binocular - Delivered to Eastern UA
21 April 2022: 2x Canon Bins - Delivered with delays to 2nd layover location (PL), to be shipped to UA
22 April 2022: 1x Canon Bins - Delivered to Eastern UA
23 April 2022: 1x Canon Bins - Delivered to Frontlines!
26 April 2022: 2x Canon Bins - Delivered to Eastern UA
30 April 2022: 2x Canon Bins - Delivered to Frontlines!

3A) [CLOSED] 12x  5x  Nikon Action EX 16x50 CF Binoculars / 4x Vortex Crossfire HD 12x50 - ~Target 3.000 EUR Spent ~1850 EUR
INFO/PLAN: Good Binoculars with 16x magnification. Pricing 200 EUR/piece (adding 10 EUR/piece buffer due to inflation price fluctuations). Maximal planned spending 3000 EUR (12x200 = 2400 EUR + 600 EUR buffer for shipping etc).

UPDATES:
02 April 2022: No progress, product is available but missing funds.
08 April 2022: Purchased new 10x 5x Nikon Action EX 16x50 CF Binoculars.
13 April 2022: Only 5x Nikon Action EX 16x50 were available in-stock (delivery time for additional units 7-21 weeks) and dealer didn't tell right away! So had to purchase additional 4x Vortex Crossfire HD 12x50 Binoculars (best balance between quality, price and availability). 4x because Amazon PL restricts the number of units to max 2 per account (had to use two accounts to buy 4 units - war/inflation times aren't easy).
20 April 2022: 4x Vortex Binocularslayover location (PL)
21 April 2022: 5x Nikon Binoculars: Delivered to 2nd layover location (PL), to be shipped to UA
23 April 2022: 4x Vortex Binoculars to Eastern UA
26 April 2022: 5x Nikon Binoculars: Delivered to Eastern UA
28 April 2022: 4x Vortex Binoculars: Delivered to Frontlines!
30 April 2022: 5x Nikon Binoculars: Delivered to Frontlines!

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20 JUN - PROJECT CLOSED. THANKS EVERYONE!

THIS SPECIFIC PROJECT CLOSED - THANKS EVERYONE!
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Published on June 20, 2022 by Yevgen

ARRIVED: DJI Mavic3 Charging Hub + 2x Battery (click for pic)

Arrived at front lines in Eastern UA
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Published on June 20, 2022 by Yevgen

20 JUNE / UPDATE - BACK AFTER BAD FLU

Nothing changed regarding funding thus I will be closing this project. Although wont stop helping to supply frontlines as much as I can.
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Published on June 20, 2022 by Yevgen

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