In fact, it has been so dry that some areas in Brittany are under a fire-watch. Ordinarily this condition is found in the south of France and Brittany is usually pretty damp even in summer.
I received my Amazon USA package today. The first was lost, who knows where or how. But, after I informed Amazon of the fact, they sent me a dupe shipment at no charge. Four CDs of my favorite group from the 1920's, The Kansas City Nighthawks, mentioned in a previous entry. Every song currently available.
Been on the radio a bit. Several USA stations including K2HIG in Texas. Very rough copy for him requiring frequent repeats on my part. But he exercised the best qualities required of a good operator; Patience and Persistence. The two "P" process.
Very early this morning contacted V31PA/P from his lighthouse QTH. It was his last scheduled day there (per QRZ) and I was glad to make the connection.
I changed power supplies and have observed a bit less noise into the FT-817. The little 3 amp supply is totally sealed and can't really be serviced, so now using my 7 amp Astron. Somewhat overkill for my 5 watt rigs but not excessive.