I have spent this week in Seattle, WA on business. Did not have much time for radio but I have been using the DVAP dongle and been linking into the repeater back in Ottawa either directly or via REF016B.
The DVAP works well whilst travelling. I even used it to link through to talk to the students at the Carleton University Amateur Radio Club. I could then chat to them as they were working on building a PSK31 interface for the FT817. I have also chatted with the locals, some of whom commented that I sound like I am local. I will continue packing the DVAP with the IC-91AD in future. By the way, there was no trouble taking the HT in my hand luggage on the plane, no questions at Ottawa or going through customs US Customs at Vancouver. (For those not familiar flying from Canada to the US it is not unusual to pass through US immigration/customs in a Canadian airport so you land as a ‘domestic’ flight in the US).
Today I had a little time to visit a hardware store called Hardwicks that was close to the hotel. This reminded me of the old ironmongers store that was in the village I grew-up in, in Lancashire, UK. however, Hardwicks was about 5 times bigger. Great to wander around and look at the range of tools and hardware.
I also visited a RadioShack store (in Canada now called the Source) and was pleased to see some drawers with components in. At least you can still get a voltage regulator on the high street!
Travelling back today.