Sunday, March 14, 2021

Fairbanks, AK

Saturday - So why is it that we need to return to AK in the middle of the winter… This was the temperature this morning. One of the other volunteer examiners (VE) from Delta, mentioned that it was -42°F and windy down there and it was supposed to warm up to above 0°F by the afternoon. Quite the temperature swing. The 12knot wind would definitely make it not the place to be.

I happened to check the Carrot weather app on my watch and noticed this message from the app. 

In Texas, the test sessions don't start until around noon and again in the late afternoon. I actually had to set an alarm to make sure that I was up in time for the first session. Okay, 9:30 isn't that early but I wanted to make sure I had time to make some coffee and breakfast before joining Zoom. Last night, the Fairbanks radio club had their monthly meeting on Zoom. We had 28 people attending and my Zoom session didn't restart even once. It's amazing what a difference a real Internet connection makes.

We stopped at Ajimi, easily my favorite Japanese restaurant. This is the chirashi big bowl. It had more sashimi variety than usual including a couple of slices of scallop, clam, and otoro! They outdid themselves!

Sunday - It had warmed up considerably from yesterday morning. Only -11°F. I went to the mask-required service at our church and met quite a few people that I haven't seen for quite a while. I spent the afternoon relaxing, clicking out the golf cart batteries from the 5th wheel to see if they still work. When disconnected into 12VDC sets (each battery is 6VDC) the voltage measured alright. And the charger shows them at 100% charge. Hopefully, that's true. I don't have a functional voltmeter here as both of them here at the house need batteries.

I leave tonight on the red-eye arriving in San Antonio tomorrow afternoon.

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