Flying with Ham Radio Gear.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KK6USY, Oct 14, 2021.

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  1. G0OIL

    G0OIL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I remember many, many years ago buying some 3CX3000A7 tubes on the flea market at Dayton. Rather than checking the tubes in and letting the baggage handlers throw them 50ft against the concrete floor, I carried them in my hand luggage. When we went through Security I told the X Ray guys what was in my bag and of course they took the tubes out to look at them. There weren't many people going through at that time so we got into a bit of a conversation and I asked them if I could see the tubes on the X Ray. "Sure" was the answer, so I was able to check the grid structures inside the tubes on the screen - very useful!

    That was all before 9/11 so maybe things might be different now, but I bought some aftermarket Megasquirt engine management systems and programming units that look to the untrained eye like radio gear on a recent trip to Austin TX and there was no issue bring it in hand luggage. Taking my equipment to west Africa when I operated as C56TTY was no issue either.

    I think a lot depends on how you treat the security staff. A quick word of what the equipment is and a smile go a long way. Just treat people with respect. They have a job to do that benefits all of us and I for one an really glad that they do it.
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  2. NU4R

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    Thank you
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2021
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  3. NI0C

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    I've flown internationally with an Elecraft KX1 and KX2 in a carry on back pack, with their Lithium batteries. Antenna wire, cables and accessories are neatly packed (with a copy of my license) in a Pelican case that goes in my checked luggage. Never had a problem.
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  4. UT7UX

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    I personally hate civil aviation. I hate to drive to an airport on taxi, then to stay in stupid queue to get boarding pass, then to go through air security, then to wait for boarding, after all that to fly an hour or some, and then again to try to catch my luggage (I mostly travel with hand luggage only so sometimes I can bypass this dumb step), and finally to try to arrive to the final destination on taxi (again). I'd better spend all that time and all that effort to drive the car by myself. Meanwhile I flew some few times with my HT and tried to make contacts or to send APRS beacons having being in the fly. That was fun, sure, but didn't cost the money and effort. Civil aviation is perfect thing for PPLs and CPLs.
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  5. N9LCD

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    I've taken my FT-60 with various antennas -- including the extra long Diamond SRH77CA -- through security at ORD many times without any problem. My personal "secret": everything's in the tray, ready to go, before I get to the x-ray machine. It's usually the metal buckle on my "garrison" type belt that gets off the machine. I forget to put my belt in the tray!

    The worst time I've ever had was at LAX about three years ago. My carry-on included a bag with about $150 in loose coins. Security had to open the bag and feel around in the coins for any concealed weapons.

    I consider myself lucky they didn't empty the bag to inspect the contents!
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  6. W7DAO

    W7DAO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have flown with my gear before. What I do is pack the passive items, balun, antenna, tripod, etc. in a separate piece of luggage to go in the cargo hold (knowing it will be opened and searched - tsa approved lock) and I take the transceiver and tuner in a pelican case as a carry on with full intent to open it for inspection. I have never had to pull out my license, the agents I have come across seem okay with I state this is ham radio equipment.
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  7. NZ6N

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    I work in the airline industry and travel internationally very frequently. I'm limited to specific bags I carry with me, though I am able to fit quite a bit in a LifeWit lunch bag and have never really had issues. There are several locations in Europe and the Middle East where the security screening is a bit more intense, but the worst I've had to do is take the electronics out of the bag and run it through the x-ray machine separately. I currently take a small MFJ 4125 power supply, an IC-706Mk2G, a small auto-tuner, a mini buddipole, the 10' buddipole mast, and CW paddles. I would use a wire dipole, but Kuwait specifically won't allow more than 2m of wire through security. The only issue I've had so far is the spring-loaded retaining clip breaking off of the faceplate of the 706, but that was purely my fault and I now pack that separately.
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  8. W1RDT

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    I remember reading that there is a size (amperage) limit on batteries taken on commercial flights, for explosion and fire potential reasons. Does anyone have accurate information on that?
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  9. KV6O

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  10. NJ1S

    NJ1S Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm sorry but 2 thumbs down video. Why because it's a show and tell with no on air usage!
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