We’re off to Lanzarote next week, and no doubt grabbing any SOTAing opportunities that we can slip in.
Latest advice from Jet2 is that all our gear (which I itemised to them in an email) is fine to travel, except for the Tracer 16Ah LifePO4 pack (as I anticipated). So Jimmy’s 817 will be powered from rechargeable 2400mAH NiMH AA batteries in the battery tray, while mine will have the FNB85 1400mAH NiMH pack installed. Jet2 say that all rechargeable batteries must travel in the cabin, and if the batteries are installed in the device, then the device must travel in the cabin too. So we are going to have all out batteries installed in the 817s and take them in the cabin. Pre-tuned to BBC Radio 2 89.3MHz and with rubber duck antennas at the ready. If security requires that we remove the batteries, then we can do that quickly and easily but I wouldn’t anticipate that. I’ve taken VHF handhelds through security many times now and never been required to disconnect the battery.
In the hold baggage will be the travel mast, the MFD, extension coax, walking poles, guying kit and 20m groundplane antenna.
We’re staying near Puerto del Carmen. It’s only days to go and I haven’t even looked at potential summits to activate yet. I anticipate Jimmy already has several nominations in mind, but I will be looking at the archives on here to see what our SOTA friends who’ve been to Lanzarote have to say too.
In the meantime, I have been charging up the FNB85 for the first time, and will try to use it tomorrow morning for the DX event.