Actually, it would have been a perfect day… a warm spring day
But when I arrived at DM/BW-841, I realized that I didn’t have my glasses with me. With 3.5 dioptrin, you can’t see what you wrote… and I couldn’t read the written callsigns, although I already I took the sheet across and wrote in largel letters.
So I must have addressed some of you wrong during the first run today. I apologize for that.
But the transfer to the SOTA logbook went smoothly.
(Originally I wanted to become active in ssb too - but there was no free frequency because of the contest)
Thats what you call a stab in the dark
I know the feeling Armin
I once forgot my glasses too, and could only read my radio, watch and log book by squinting my eyes.
I now carry a small, cheap folding pair of reading glasses in my rucksac. Just in case.
Yes, I find myself squinting at the 817, particularly under certain lighting conditions even though my eyes only +1.25. Time to use the larger display I think.
Bothy bags can be tricky too - glasses steam up, but you can’t get the radio far enough away to focus without them
All part of the fun, and it’s amazing what you can do when pressed!
That is all the more reason to double check your bag before you leave and put extra items in there. I carry an extra pair in case I break a pair. I have done that before and now I have two sets. Good post and I am sure others will follow suit.
de John Paul // AB4PP
No glasses? Fine - I’ll drink from the bottle!
All joking aside, I have a magnifying glass in my rucksack, mainly for looking at geology, but in an emergency it would be a substitute for spectacles.
No glasses? Look through a pin hole in a piece of card or a page from the logbook. Use any sharp thing to make a hole about half a mm dia. It need not be nice and round. More effective than squinting.
I always have a small folding magnifying glass with me at all times.
My smart phone (that I try to use for GPS & Spotting APPs) has a voice recorder APP that I use to record my activations (when I remember to turn it in).
I got that idea from the Reflector from maybe a post by WG0AT.
73, Bruce W2SE
P.S. Smart phones often have cameras. Zoom in to use it as a magnifying glass. There are multiple magnifier APPs also. The rear facing camera typically has the better resolution.
And lets not forget that the Silva 4 compass (probably one of the most popular models) that you have in your rucksack should real navigation be required has a built in magnifying glass.