These things always fail when you actually need them to work! They always fail when I’m not there to nurse them either… I’m sat having breakfast in Germany and have only just managed to get the Hotel Wifi to let me on. I suppose it makes little difference where I am as the spotter runs on a server in Iceland.
One spot arrived at 12:26 another 12:49 then nothing till 16:06. Now I had to spend a few moments trying to remember how all the systems link together, embarrassing as I wrote it. You message goes via Iridium to Delorme. They send it as an SMS to my UK number, which sits in W6-land, that service provider sends it as an web post to my web server in Iceland which processes it and pokes SOTAwatch which is in Manchester or Coventry or New York (can’t remember). There’s lots of places for things to get stuck. I think the likely culprits are DeLorme taking a long time to send the SMS to my number or it taking a long time for that SMS to forwarded to me in Iceland. Once it arrived in Iceland it was on SOTAwatch in few seconds.
I suppose the thing to do now knowing there was a delay would be to ensure you have plenty of alerts up so people know what you and Caroline wll be doing. But that is hard because you’ll only decide at the last minute.
Have fun anyway. Bright blue sky and 24C in Friedrichshafen.