I’ve done a sufficient number of activations over the years to know that you don’t try something new and involved on a summit till you have the bugs worked out at home. Hence playing with the software on to two computers connected back to back. Then tests involving radiios. Then tests from the garden. Then from a summit!
It looks that my incredibly rubbish 7in Win8 tablet will do for this. I bought it a while back for £49 merely to play. TBH it’s almost unusable as Win8 is not touch-driven enough and the display in Win desktop mode is too small to read. But cheap tablet finger dibber it will work, certainly useless with gloves or my big garden spade sized hands. It’s a 1.3GHz Atom Z3735 with 1G ram and 16G flash. I tried to grab a free Win10 update but there’s not enough flash. Persevering with Win8 is worthwhile as it looks to be OK for just one or two apps like this. The tablet is small and lightweight which is ideal for SOTA.
The WX is not good right now but we’ve had it easy. The North and West had the bad stuff, here it’s been blustery and very,very wet. Next Tuesday is looking good for WX but with the rain we have had and what is still to come, expect all rivers to be high and well in spate. Ground is likely to be very waterlogged too.
Mrs. FMF is in the kitchen preparing some wonderful smelling Christmas nosh, I’ve opened a bottle of Bowmore 9yr old special Sherry finished malt (peat & sweet…yum!). She’s listening to the annual “Carols from Kings” on Radio4 and I was watching some Status Quo videos on Youtube with a slight tear in my eye for Rick Parfitt who died earlier today. Meanwhile the wind is gusting and the rain is falling.
Bring your waders when you come up!