In reply to KD9KC:
Mike you sound like your are built like Paul Snr from American Chopper or the Hulk to carry a truck battery, water and FT2000D or similar radio across the Texan desert to a summit.
The majority of acitvators in the UK use a small battery from a moped or similar sized and the water problem has never been an issue as its alway wet here and from the photos they are of small stature.
It has been said elsewhere the activator is king therefore they do as they like, everyone agrees about friends being deployed but its the local who wants to know every thing from the colour of the shoe laces to when you had a hair cut . They may be the ones who runs the battery down preventing the contact with freinds home from deployment so that is where the balance is .
As you say its a hobby and can speak to whoever and whenever . Its a bit of common sense realy in that people who have been waiting to work the activator get the chance before the battery dies.