[amsat-bb] Re: Ham Radios on Cruises

Doug Faunt N6TQS +1-510-655-8604 faunt at panix.com
Tue Mar 1 16:51:44 PST 2011

Yes, some years back, I was on the ENDEAVOUR replica sailing up the 
California coast.  Within 12 miles of the coast (well marked on the 
chart) I was N6TQS; outside that 12 miles, I was VK4??? (I've 
forgotten).  I really wanted to get on a LEO and work US stations with a 
VK4 call, but the weather was bad, all northerlies, and we hugged the 
coast the whole way up.
73, doug

On 01-Mar-11 16:17, Tony Langdon wrote:
> At 08:41 AM 3/2/2011, Donald Jacob wrote:
>> I'm sorry, maybe I'm missing something.
>> Wouldn't it be much easier to say (on web page or what ever since this topic
>> has been address MANY MANY times) that you must check with the ships
>> Captain and/or communications officer. Forget FCC or any other
>> nation's communications
>> authority, since once at sea the ship is totally under the authority
>> of the Captain -- Maritime Law.
> Permission for both maritime and aeronautical operation used to be
> part of the Australian regulations exam (I remember studying
> it).  I'm not sure if that is still the case these days.  In any
> case, who you had to get permission to operate from depended on both
> where the ship was registered, and where it was at the time (i.e.
> territorial waters or international waters) you were to be operating,
> but in all cases, the captain had to give consent (in addition to the
> various national authorities involved), from what I recall.  That was
> the common thread.
> 73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL
> http://vkradio.com
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