Hi, Zerofool, last time I tried, the Pod Age portals worked for me. I usually use one of the pod clocks, eg https://www.uru-reallife.com/dnidatetime/release6/negilahn/
to time my visits, so I haven't matched up the beams of light to the arrival of the portal in the way you have done. Maybe try using one of the clocks next time (be there 10 mins or so ahead of time just to be sure?) And, if I can, I'll try it your way to see if I can reproduce your issue.
Edited - later - Negilahn portal arrived on cue but as my avvie entered, we crashed with a Net5
Edited - even later - Payiferen portal appeared on time, I picked up the donut slice this time. So all seems to be working OK. It was around three and a half mins earlier than the time on the pod clock linked above.