Flying with Ham Radio Gear.

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

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  1. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    What kind of problems? I am genuinely curious - what problems have people run into? International travel will have it's own issues depending on where you're going (mainly customs issues), but TSA here in the US sees electronics on probably 95%+ of the travelers going thru their checkpoints. I have traveled with a TS-440SAT, FT-857, IC-703, and various handhelds on hundreds of flights in the mainland US, USVI, Puerto Rico, etc. Other than a secondary inspection, I never have run into an issue.
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  2. KC8UD

    KC8UD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've travelled commercial air carriers many times with ham radio equipment and even operated two meters from the air, with the captain's permission. On one occasion it turned out that the captain was also a ham and even had ham equipment with him in the cockpit. This was about 25 years ago. But currently when I travel with my QRP package the thing that gets TSA's attention the most is the coil of antenna wire and feed line. Never had them pay any attention to the radio or battery pack. Some years ago, in my own plane, I had a 2 meter/6 meter dual band rig mounted in the instrument panel with a 2 meter 5/8 wave antenna (which is 1/4 wave for 6 meters) mounted on the aft fuselage. This worked out great and was a lot of fun. No TSA involved!
  3. KC8UD

    KC8UD Ham Member QRZ Page

    True story: When I travelled internationally with a television production crew we would often carry several hundred pounds of production gear, cables and batteries. Seldom had any issues with that but once coming out of Bangkok airport one of my colleagues was singled out of the line and interrogated in a small room down the hall. He was asked about the individually wrapped slices of Kraft cheese in his bag. When he took one, pealed the wrapping and took a bite out of it, the officers covered their heads and dove under the table.
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  4. KZ4TN

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    ".....newest models include bio-sniffers that can detect COVID-19 [SARS Delta and variants]."

    If that's the case why should everyone be required to have a vaccine passport?
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  5. K7RLN

    K7RLN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I flew from SLC to MIA with a Xiegu G90, a WRC with all of it's attachments (coax, radials, etc), a 6 ah Bioenno battery, and microphone, and keyer. I told the TSA gal that I had Amateur Radio equipment, and she just said to take the radio out, and put it in the tray. That was it. I made it there, and back with no problems, and got a POTA activation in another state for my trouble!
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  6. K6AEA

    K6AEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I’m not flying anywhere, anytime.
    I will not submit to intrusive searches or questioning by Schutzstaffel operatives.
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  7. N4PLR

    N4PLR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I fly routinely for business both domestically and internationally. I always have ham gear with me in some form or fashion. I have never been stopped or asked to remove anything from my luggage or carry on bags. Why do people think this is going to be an issue? Don't be an a$$hole to the security or airline people and you don't have problems. It's a pretty simple concept.
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  8. KR6RG

    KR6RG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I only had one problem but it was an expensive one. While leaving Panama, their TSA would not let me carry my Icom 706 in my carry on luggage. I had already checked in my hold baggage and the airlines would not let be place any thing in by bags. I had to pay $225 dollars to air freight it on my flight.
  9. W6MCN

    W6MCN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have flown many times with several HT's in my carry on and only had problems once when I forgot to pull my tablet out of the bag. That time they opened up the bag and saw the tablet and took it out and passed the bag back through the scanner. They never checked the radios. I always have a copy of my license and ARRL membership card available if needed.
  10. N6HCM

    N6HCM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't blame them!

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