For the last few years I’d been wondering what special thing to do for mine and Marianne’s silver wedding. Cruise? Maldives? Cuba? Nothing seemed to quite fit with something that we would both really enjoy.
When I did the GU-GJ SOTA trip with Jimmy M0HGY in 2018, I found the place that was perfect - Sark! An unspoiled quiet island with no cars, lots of walking and cycling, plenty of coast and tranquillity. It’s also kind of appropriate as we originally met in the Channel Islands, when we were both working on Jersey in 1990. So with the big party out of the way, that’s where we’re off for the actual anniversary date in a couple of weeks.
And there’s no way I’m spending a few days on Sark without activating the SOTA reference GU/GU-001, the activation zone of which extends over most of the island! It’s all agreed with Marianne too - any time she’s taking her time in the bathroom, sorting her hair and make-up, I’m clear to take a short wander with my radios!
Now we’re flying from Manchester to Guernsey, so the battery becomes an issue. Hence I dug out the old FNB-85 NiMH 1400mAH pack and reinstalled it inside the 817. I took it for an activation this morning:
I’m recharging the pack now from my PSU. I’ll have the supplied Yaesu PA-48U wallwart to take with me on the trip though.