Seattle Airport

cncglogo I’m sitting at the gate, waiting for the US Airways plane to go from here to Phoenix. Once in Phoenix, I change planes and continue on to San Jose, Costa Rica. The flight leaves Seattle at 8:20 AM and I don’t get into San Jose until about 10:00 PM Costa Rican time tonight. Costa Rica is in the Central Time Zone, it looks like a two hour difference.

Up this morning at 4:15 AM to get ready, load the car, and get to the airport. The airport, at 5:45 AM, is pretty quiet — except for Starbucks, of course.

Checking in was uneventful. I went through the security lines and that was uneventful. That was surprising.

I am carrying on two bags chock full of everything needed for the radio and computer set up for the time in TI. That includes a Lenovo T-60 laptop and power supply, two mice, a Kenwood 570D, Kenwood power supply, a microHAM USB interface, all associated connecting cables, a Bencher paddle, Bose headphones, Heil headphones, my Treo, and iPod.

I went right through security and the x-ray machines and no one blinked an eye.

Now, in Bermuda, in my checked bag which they run through x-ray right there, they stopped me and had me open up the bag because they saw the Bencher paddle. Just the paddle. It’s very bright on the x-ray machine because of the nice, solid base.

In the trip to Bermuda, I never made it through any security checkpoint without opening up the bags (a reason I have a copy of my FCC license with me…). But, not this time. Zoom zoom.


Scot, K9JY

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TI DXpedition Announcement — Update I

SetupToday was spent getting organized for the trip; tomorrow (Super Bowl Sunday) will be mostly spent packing and making sure all the essentials are in place.

It is amazing how much lists can help out on a trip like this. When I went to Bermuda with the boys, I came back and immediately made a list of what things I wanted to take – or not take – the next time based upon my experiences at VP9. A year and a little bit later, that list has really paid for itself along with dividends.

This trip I don’t have to bring along the amplifier — and that is no small thing. The amp itself would take a complete suitcase (a Pelican, to be precise) and weighs in at a good 40 or so pounds on the airplane scale. Weight, for those who travel overseas, is critical.

I’ve also purchased a different bag for the radio, which I get to try out the first time tomorrow when I pack. We’ll see how it works out.

But the theme of the packing this time is to pare back, pare back, pare back. Essentials and everything radio. The rest will work itself out.

Scot, K9JY

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