Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KZ4V, Jan 30, 2017.
If I'm on a cruise ship, I'm not there to play radio.
Some hams think that if they can get away with it, it's OK.
There's also the very real possibility of having your radio confiscated and/or being put off the boat at the next stop - and you get to find your own way home. Read the fine print in the agreement you sign.....
Exactly. Whatever happened to "The Amateur Is Balanced"?
What I'd like to do is to take a container ship across the pond. Then, maybe, take a QRP rig. Maybe.
Might as well... there's likely not much (anything) else to do on a container ship.
Which is why some folks take them.
There's actually a small quiet industry of passengers-on-container-ships. You can go around the world if you really want. Cost is about $100-120 a day but is all-inclusive. The ships are gigantic but they can only take a maximum of 12 passengers (more, and they need a doctor aboard). You eat with the crew but have your own cabin.
For someone who wants a really different sea travel experience, it could be just the ticket.
However, I don't know if anyone has ever operated Amateur Radio from one of them, as a passenger. (Imagine an end-fed wire stretched above all those containers....)
That's new. As recently as two years ago, Carnival didn't permit the use of amateur radios on board their ships.
Yes. The first reaction is, naturally, to think, "how dare they". But put the shoe on the other foot. What if someone set up a dance band in your front yard? My yard, my rules". When you are aboard ship, you are subject to the rules in force at the time you buy your ticket. There was a time when you could have been debarked involuntarily at the next port to find your own way home, tho I don't think this reaches that level of conduct.
Our hobby is certainly important to US. Not to the REST of society. Being a licensed amateur should promote, teach, and present a sense of respect and responsibility toward regulations. Defying rules violates all of that, and represents a kind of insubordination that is counter to what amateur radio should be. Unfortunately, this has become the norm in our society and we have become self-absorbed. "I, I, I, I, ME, ME, ME, WHAT *I* want"--THAT is our focus these days!
IF it is true that the line has such a rule, then one should endeavor to get it changed.. Now if ye don't follow me rules, matey, I'll have ye walk the plank, AARRRRGH!
Well, having been of a few cruise ships, all I can say is that if you are on a cruise there is so much other stuff to do that it is simply strange to want to do ham radio there.
I remember a photo in the "strays" section some years ago taken by a ham on a Princess cruise ship. It showed his XYL standing out on the balcony right next to his ham stick. She did not look happy. I can only imagine the conversation that had to have taken place on that subject! Anyone else remember that photo?
I think that Carnival and Princess are jointly owned, so what's good on one should be good on the other...
At any rate, cruises are a fun way to travel, spend time with the family/XYL or whatever.
Leave the radio at home. Enjoy the cruise for what it is: A great vacation. Ham radio will still be there when you get back home. Oh, by the way, just in case you do it anyway, just remember that by DXCC rules, all you can claim for record purposes is Maritime Mobile. In order for contacts to count for DXCC they have to be made from shore, and just sitting at the pier does not count.
if it was, indeed, the cruise line's policy tp enjoin amateur radio use and they felt you were creating a problem they could put you off at the next port with no refund. that could be a problem ...
In defense of "ham radio on a cruise ship". We cruise almost every year - have for many years. We always book a pretty big balcony suite - Grand Suite, Owner's Suite. Why? Because having a big cabin makes it feel more like being at sea on your own yacht We spend HOURS sitting on the long balcony, watching the sea go by or hanging out in the room, with the 12' sliding door wide open, reading - wife knitting, just enjoying the space. I don't do much else but enjoy the cabin and the big balcony, exploring the ship, taking long walks around the Promenade Deck, etc. Not into the casino or all the silly games in the various bars. We save our "going out" for the nightly shows.
Our last cruise I brought a homebrew 20m DC receiver, stealth receiving antenna, and headphones - I had many happy hours simply SWL logging CW contacts from around the world, while sipping a fine Adult Beverage in the sunny Caribbean, watching the sea go by at 23 MPH while copying a zillion fun DX callsigns on my little receiver.
I logged over 300 stations (SWL only) without much effort during the 7-day cruise. Didn't keep me at all from having tons of fun on shore excursions, fine dining with my wife daily, the "big show" every night, and long sessions in the ship gym.
So there ya go - the two can in fact coexist nicely, IMO