[amsat-bb] Re: Ham Radios on Cruises
vk4tec at tech-software.net
Tue Mar 1 13:13:56 PST 2011
Are there other countries outside the USA ? I am unsure now
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On 02/03/2011, at 6:41, nh6vb Scheller <nh6vb at msn.com> wrote:
> Bob et all,
> It might be a good idea to consult with the most current FCC regulations.
> The sticker here is that almost all cruise lines are foreign flagged, and thus
> a foreign country. In the past, FCC regulations stated that US hams could
> operate on US flagged ships on the high seas, with the captain's permission.
> However, there are several treaties, the US is a signatory to, making it much
> easier for hams to operate outside their home countries.
> To make a long story short, any vessel on the high seas is the country whose
> flag it flies, thus comes under the regulation of that particular country.
> Case in point, a US private yacht whose master (a US citizen obtained a foreign
> ham license i.e. Mexico, needs a visitors US ham license and call, in order to operate
> on the high seas (international waters). He also needs permission from himself,
> being the captain of a US flagged vessel, to do so.
> The way I see it, if you operate from a Norwegian flagged cruise liner, you would
> need a Norwegian ham call and the captain's permission to operate on the high seas.
> Now, as soon as you enter French Polynesian waters, you need to deal with the French.
> The French will gladly give you a guest license, based on your American FCC license.
> But then you cannot operate from the Norwegian flagged ship. You can sit in a cafe in
> Tahiti and talk on your hand held to your heart's contend, but don't try it from the cruise
> ship. The exception here would be if you hold both, a US and a Norwegian ham license,
> Then the French will issue you a guest license based on your Norwegian license.
> Complicated, you bet. Best is to apply for a guest license before you go on the cruise.
> One more caution. In some countries it is illegal to possess radio equipment that is capable
> to transmit or receive on frequencies outside their alloted ham frequencies. Australia is
> very strict in enforcing that restriction. Don't get caught with a ham radio modified for
> MARS use. That is a no no and can earn you a hefty fine.
> Peter, NH6VB
>> Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2011 10:25:52 -0800
>> From: kl7cn.w6 at gmail.com
>> To: bruninga at usna.edu
>> CC: clintbrad4d at earthlink.net; amsat-bb at amsat.org
>> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Ham Radios on Cruises
>> On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 9:57 AM, Bob Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
>>> NO, this is exactly the info we need. The entry would be:
>>> Holand America - Prohibited. But exceptions have been made *
>>> *And then site the exceptions, who, when.
>>> That is a LOT more info than NO listing at all.
>>> Bob, WB4APR
>> Bob, I get the feeling that would be the entry for all the cruise lines.
>> Perhaps a document representing the current experience and advice would be
>> most helpful. I'll see what I can do.
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