Spent the entire day yesterday trying to keep track of time for an ebay auction to purchase the ICOM IC-706 UHF radio. The first time I tried it on ebay, after putting a bid in, I forgot and lost he radio. This time, I was right on it. Should be delivered by Friday. Need to find a good radio installer to install in the plane for the trip. The antenna will be strung up from the tail to the wingtip to the fuselage to allow good reception.
The UHF radio is required over the oceans where there is no radar coverage. All planes report their position hourly to let the area controllers know their whereabouts. The system is not perfect, but seems to work.
Another item off the checklist….