Here’s the simple way to get an FT817 through customs and onto a plane… get my XYL to accompany you.
Put 817 + laptop +rubber duck into carry on luggage. I fitted the internal NiCd for the 1st time and tuned the 817 to BBC R2. Fit antenna press power… bleep followed by music. Obviously nothing suspicious at all here. The short 5m pole, walking pole, HF antenna, key and DIY LiIONs went into the checked luggage.
As we went through X-ray I expected “issues” hence the R2 charade. As I stood waiting for my trouser belt and stuff to come through they stopped the belt and 2 staff looked at the monitor. Oh heck I thought. But not me, Sarah had left a tube of hand creme in a pocket of her carry on bag and the security staff ignored me and went for her. I got through without a question! It’s always easy when someone creates a diversion
Some activations later this week I hope.