After the recent thread on the problems with the input power connector on the FT817, what did I do today, break the power connector.
Today I walked up Aran Fawddwy, had a quick 2M SSB summit to summit with Caroline and Martin, then operated 60M for around a dozen contacts. When that quietened down, I wanted to go back to 2M. Now normally my FT817 is safely protected in a plastic case with cut out foam for each item. However for the 2M operation I moved closer to the trig with just an MFD and the FT817 with external supply. I must have knocked the connector, because next I am operating from the knackered internal batteries and get all of 5 seconds life. Agh! Shame as both Roger and Frank were romping in with extremely strong signals. Nothing I could do, and I had left the handie at home to save weight.
And yes Frank, we did walk back over Glasgwm, and no, we didn’t get from the col to the summit in 20 minutes.
Tomorrows job, fix the connector and also fit a new internal battery pack. I have been putting this off for some weeks, so it serves me right.