Flying with Ham Radio Gear.

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

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  1. GM4BRB

    GM4BRB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I remember, travelling on a prop-airline to Ireland, on the very day John Lennon was assassinated. That would be around about the time of 'peak-IRA' bombing on the mainland UK.
    I was carrying the very largest Air-Freight container I could find in downtown Brixton. When I arrived at Shannon Airport, Cork, Eire, the customs chap asked me to open it up and inside was a full-size old-world Kenwood Hybrid HF transceiver, with all the trimmings & pretty much everything else I owned. He looked at it, gawped, scratched his head and waved me through.
    Sometime in the future, the probable plan is; only politicians fly, and I get to go safely, by donkey-cart.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2021
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  2. K0DUC

    K0DUC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't leave the tri-county area. And that's OK.
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  3. N9LCD

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    How many bags, cartons, or crates would you need?

    It probably wouldn't throw-up some red flares. It'd throw up one heck of an excess baggage charge.
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  4. W3AMT

    W3AMT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I forgot the 10IS generator to run every thing and my ME match box!
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  5. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    In-baggage: I label and include my biz card with phone number (when I used to travel...)

    Never had a problem getting out of Dayton, for example.
  6. KA4VNM

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    I used to travel frequently with my KX package. Everything goes in a backpack I carry on, cables, and spares they go in my suitcase which is checked. I put AA's in the radio so if they want me to show its lights up I can. Along with sometime an extra antenna if I am taking more than the minimalist gear I need for POTA. Sometimes I have hard cased it but still the size of a planeside or overhead storage. Only once is 18 years of flying 2-5 times a month did I ever have TSA want me to open it. Strangely enough I've had more issues taking my competition archery gear. If I had a tip or two its take as little as possible on the plane, and for batteries and spare stuff, just use a ziplock bag that can be seen through and put that in your checked bag.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2021
  7. VE3SDQ

    VE3SDQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I went to Cuba, a scanner was ok but transceivers were not. I only took my scanner.
  8. KA4VNM

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    I would expect you would have to prearrange a temp license and have a HAM there as a sponsor.
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  9. N6HPX

    N6HPX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use to work for the USN as a Civilian and would have to travel a lot, TSA would always pull the radios out and X-ray separately and then try to put it back. My FT60 tried to rip the battery pack apart, fortunately, another person told the guy to stop as he would be having to pay for a new one. One time I had a metal box where I transported my Ic730 they X-ray it and put it on a special machine then shot it 20 ft across the room. I checked an FT817nd in and when I got home the display panel was damaged. The only place that gave me a hard time was Dubai UAE where they confiscated the Icom 730, took the ships, Captain, USEmbassy, and Navy department to get the radio back
  10. N6HPX

    N6HPX Ham Member QRZ Page

    your lucky others have had problems

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