This is not a note about the use Frequency Modulation. No it is describes “Failed Miserably”.
The first time I have plodded to a summit and failed to activate. Gutted.
In the past I have:
Forgotten the Morse key
Broken the mike
Crushed the glass fiber support mast
Pulled the wires out of an SMA connector
Broken the headphones
Snapped the aerial wires
Broken the wires to the Morse key.
But the show has gone on. These faults have not prevented an activation, those important 4Q’s
Yesterday during the transit from gm ss143 to gm ss128 in very heavy rain, water found its way into the plastic bags containing the 857. On setting up the station the radio could best be described as “as much use as a boat anchor” DEAD.
I sent a text to say I would not be appearing, descended the hill and bought a bottle of wine.
Pleased to say the rig, having been dried out, has made a full recovery.
As Arnie says “Ill be back!”, I have to.