Well, Travis, that worked. Sort of. The first time I bridged those terminals with a wire, the red relay light came on (and some kind of relay action in the well was heard), but after just a few seconds the LED went out even though I had not removed - or moved - the wire. The second time I tried, it worked again and the R1 LED stayed on for a minute or so until I removed the wire; that, of course, is what was expected. Then the Electron lost cellular service for several minutes. When it reconnected, I bridged the terminals again but R1 did not come on, even though I left the wire attached for a couple of minutes. Another two attempts both worked as advertised.
So the questions for you are 1) is there some minimum time after a broken link to the Particle Cloud is restored before end-to-end messaging can resume and 2) what does “spark/status” in the log mean (see attached)?