NA-148 Georges Island Again
My plan is to to take the following equipment:
- ICOM 7000 setup - I've got a Pelican 1510 case filled with the "right stuff". This will be the first real workout for the new radio.
- Force-12 Sigma-5 - Thus far I've only used my Buddipole on the island so this will be a change. Then again, one of the reasons for buying this antenna was to see how it would perform in situations precisely like this.
- New 17Ah batteries - I had purchased two sealed GSM batteries (model ES17-12) from eBatteriesToGo and have had them on the smart charger topping them off. I hope to get a full four or five hours of operating time using one or two of these batteries.
- shelter, lunch, water - Sandy will be joining me on the trip so wrangling all this stuff should be a little easier than when I tried to do it by myself.
The upshot of this is: I will be QRO compared to previous trips with 50 watts instead of 5 output. I have not yet received word from the Boston Harbor Islands National Park, Department of Conservation and Recreation on my request to tap into their power generator so I could run the full 100 watts and run the computer. Alex Hall, the gentleman I talked to about this possibility, indicated it would be better if I tried doing this late in the season when traffic on the island was smaller. If Alex comes through, I'll do at least one more trip.
I hope to work you all from NA-148 tomorrow!