Monday 16th April 2018 - The Cloud G/SP-015
This activation was primarily to give the 1400mAH NiMH internal pack of the FT-817 another outing before taking it to Lanzarote tomorrow. I’m happy to say it came through. In fact, in an hour and a half of operating, it did not get close to getting flat. A different conundrum now presents itself - do I continue to use it from its current state until it more of its charge capacity is expended, or do it charge it back up - and if the latter, for how long?
I’ll probably choose to trust in the memoryless properties of NiMH, and the charging circuit of the 817, and put it on a standard 8 hour recharge.
Anyway, fairly slow operating, mainly due to messing about with WIRES-X on Fusion in-between SOTA working, but ten QSOs made on 20m, two on SSB, and the rest CW. Six of the contacts were into North America, and one was into North Africa - Ceuta EA9.
Two simplex C4FM contacts were made, and Chris 2E0MOW did call into the SOTA-LINK room via WIRES-X. We chatted on there, but didn’t make a SOTA-valid contact.