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Old August 6th, 2005, 10:30 AM
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Hi Guys. I am involved in a hobby that has been a part of my life for over 40 years. I am a Ham radio operator. I enjoy talking to people from all over the world. So what better way then a cruise to go meet some of them.

Are there any other Hams out there that have taken a two meter hand held radio with them? Is there much ham activity on the ship? Is there activity in the ports? What are the legalities of license I should know about?

This won't be an all encompassing thing on the cruise for me, just a side activity.

My wife is also a ham and the small radios would be a help to keep in touch. Do any of you out there do that with the family band radios. I expect the ham radios would have less problems due to higher power and less competition.

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Larry Greetings, and I have an answer for you. while the ship is at sea it comes under the country the ship is flagged under, so if there is a cross licenseing agrement it should be okay. Just follow the rules for that country. And when you are in territory waters of another country you must follow those rules of that country. In 2000 we did an Eastern cruise and of course St. thomas is US so your call is fine. There are several repeaters on the islands but did not talk to anyone. In St. Martin I forgot what I did but I did try several repeaters but again no one to talk to. If you go to ARRl's web site they should be able tell you about the cross lic. rules and what countrys you may need to apply for a licnese. Also they will have international agreement in English and French that you should have a copy of in hand.
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Thanks Suzieb

I will be on the Valor that is under Panamanian flag. I will have to check out the reciprocal license available with them. Thanks for the info.

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I went on the Inspiration in May. When I asked at the Purser's desk if I could get the Captain's permission to operate my handheld, security escorted me off the ship and made me return my radio to my car before I could re-board.

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You will not be allowed to use or even possess a ham radio onboard a cruiseship now. Security reasons. If you are caught or they see your radio they will take you off the ship and probably hand you over to authorities until they can assertain that you are not a terrorist.
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Jim.
Why is there so much paranoia about a ham radio handheld radio when every one says that many people use hand held radios on the ship? They even rent the little things.

Why the difference? My wife and I just plan to be able to talk to each other on a clear Chanel. The reports say the family radios are always too crowded to use efficiently.

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Because those little hand-held walkie-talkies can only transmit maybe a mile whereas those radios you are talking about can transmite many miles, enough to call in a waiting ship loaded with terrorists, weapons, explosives, etc. In addition they may well interfer with the ships electronics, somewthing that those puny walkie-talkies do not have the power or right frequency to do.
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Jim.

Thanks for the quick response. I have read many of your posts and I respect your knowledge and advice. The radios will stay home.

I still think that Carnival is being paranoid about this issue, and I will also miss the opportunity to talk to local hams in the ports where we will be stopping.

The ham radio community has always had a reputation of being there to help in times of trouble. I Would hate to see that we are now being seen as a potential threat.

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You are correct Larry and Ham Radio has been a lifesaver, literally, for many people the world over and they still have my gratitude for helping Vietnam Vets talk to home while they were overseas. Unfortuantely it isn't CCL that has this restriction, it is everyone and homeland security that has issued this warning. The fault lies right where it belongs, on the heads of those mean to harm us. The operators are not seen as the threat, it is the ability of the equipment that causes concern.
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