He sure was – right at the critical point, I decided to do some Psk tonight as it had been a while since I had used it and suddenly I noticed the optical had died – I now have the chance to insert the new re-chargeables I bought before Christmas (Why do these things happen in the middle of a qso) ?
having put the new batteries in expecting some life - nothing, I swapped the batteries over and still nothing, so I put in some new Duracells (AA’s) everything fine, I then inserted one of the re-chargeables and it worked ok !
Having never had this trouble before I then removed the batteries and I don't know why but I placed them side by side and noticed the re-chargeable batteries had a fractionally shorter positive terminal, with a very slight indent on the negative.
I re checked the other batteries again (OK)… then replaced again with the new batteries – still nothing – I then noticed one of the mouse terminals had moved back very slightly, obviously this has happened over time, this ones about 6 years old now and I reckon its had about 20 sets of batteries in it since new, not a great deal of wear I would have thought to have caused the terminal to weaken enough to move but then again , like most things these days it’s plastic, as you can see in the photo one of the terminals has moved in slightly – a tiny screwdriver helped bend it back and it’s fine now – I would not have expected the re-chargeables to be a different length though – One of the whole points of getting these batteries was that it was starting to get expensive with all the handsets and remotes/mice we have around here and I was fed up buying batteries. Will have another go at Psk tomorrow !!