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  1. N5POP

    N5POP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ham radio Cruise 2011

    May be of interest.

    I attended a Hamfest in Belton,Tx last Saturday and there was a table set up with information for a Ham Radio Cruise 2011. From the bochure :

    The cruise is on the Carnival Conquest Oct.30, 2011 for 7 days from Galveston, Texas to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
    2 installed ship HF stations are provided,HTs are welcome.

    Required : IARP operating permit, 90 days to acquire.
    copy of valid U.S.Amateur license and copy of passport in addition of required passport.

    The lady handing out information was Debbie Rumfield N5DSR, her email address is

    No interest in this travel agent, just passing along some information.
  2. W0IS

    W0IS Ham Member QRZ Page

    The contract doesn't say anything about bringing heroine along with you, so it must be OK.

    However, in the case of amateur radio, there happens to be a law that is relevant, independent of what the contract says:

  3. W5UQ

    W5UQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi guys... the cruise was presented at TDXS last night and some of us are interested. My wife and I are in the process of booking it now.

    Anyone going that would like to contact me would be great. We can coordinate some travel things together.

    Also, we live an hour and 1/2 from Galveston.

    Bob Hardie
    W5UQ, A25UQ, V31UQ, VP2EEU
  4. WB8MKV

    WB8MKV Ham Member QRZ Page

    ..If I were going on a cruise with a YL, I certainly would be more interested in her than radio...but then again I have over 60,000 CW contacts.....
  5. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, that doesn't tell a lot until you get aboard the ship! Better to research things in advance!
  6. KB0TT

    KB0TT Premium Subscriber QRZ Page


    Make sure you ware your ball-cap with your Amateur Call everywhere
    you go . Make sure you have at least two handies on your belt .

    This issue has been addressed MANY , MANY times on QRZ ! :cool:

    Go for it. I have been on a few cruises , ( not as many as WIK ),
    yet I find many more things to do than be cool making contacts
    from a cruise-liner .

    Don't be GEEKY . Enjoy the cruise ! :)

    Amateur radio will not miss you during the ' whole week ' .

    Play the game . A few months ( down the road ) you might
    find the local Sheriff delivering a note to you from the court .

    Do not be stupid .


  7. KB0TT

    KB0TT Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Another Note


    Some lines ( port of call ) will not recognise the General License as
    valid .

    There is more to it than that . The FCC relaxed the testing for General .

    It does not meet the requirements for their HF stations .

    Relax and cruise ! :)

  8. AD6KA

    AD6KA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Last edited: Dec 11, 2010
  9. W6OGC

    W6OGC Ham Member QRZ Page

    When we cruised on Carnival Ecstasy Galveston to Cozumel a year ago, ham or other 2 way radio was forbidden to even bring aboard in luggage, let alone use.
  10. N8CPA

    N8CPA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'll pass on that one. I'd completely miss CW-SS. And that is one of the few things I like more than cruising.
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