[amsat-bb] Fwd: Royal Caribbean FAQ URL about Amateur Radio

Allen F. Mattis afmattis at hal-pc.org
Wed Jul 9 04:41:04 PDT 2008

It is my understanding that the prohibition against amateur radio 
equipment on Royal Caribbean ships does not apply to HTs.  If you 
click on the link 
walkie-talkies allowed onboard?  at the bottom left of the same web 
page you find the following:

Q:  Are walkie-talkies allowed onboard?

A:  Dect phones (portable phones) are available to rent for $25.00 a 
week on Radiance and Voyager class vessels. Guests may reserve a set 
at the Guest Relations Desk, (price is subject to change). Guests are 
also allowed to have two-way radios, more commonly know as 
walkie-talkies, for onboard personal communications. Basic 
specifications are as follows: Up to 10-mile coverage range, Up to 5 
watts power, Internal Voice, Operated Transmission, No external 
mounting antenna.

I have not had any problem operating satellites of Royal Caribbean 
ship using my Icom W32A and an AL800 telescoping antenna.  I would 
guess that the prohibition is in place to prevent amateur radio 
operating on HF where you have a run of coax and an external 
antenna.  This type of equipment raises safety issues with the cruise line.

Al Mattis N5AFV

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