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Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Sun Jan 6 06:48:33 UTC 2008


This individual DID disregard the Part 97 rules, though.  Specifically 
97.11(a):

(a) The installation and operation of an amateur station on a ship or 
aircraft must be approved by the master of the ship or pilot in command 
of the aircraft.

And yes, home-built battery packs are a problem these days.  I was going 
to build one for my laptop and decided against it - my factory-built APC 
Li-poly external battery pack gets enough scrutiny as it is.

Check this one out:

http://www.natch.net/stuff/TSA/

It's a dual D-cell pack, but the TSA flags it because it's got a DC-DC 
converter on it that looks funny.  What absolutely amazes me about this 
one is the resolution - a REAL law enforcement officer gets involved, 
and brings a little common sense to the situation:

"At this time one of the PAPD officers gets a brilliant idea, and I'm so 
glad he did. He picks up USB FlexLight and asks, "Is this a light?" I 
said yes. He asks if it will light up if he plugs it into the battery 
charger. I had never done this test before, but 5v 500ma is 5v 500ma. I 
say yes and he plugs it in.

The USB FlexLight puts out a faint white glow and he gestures it around. 
The PAPD officers look over at [the TSA agent] as if to say, "So what's 
your problem? Fuhgettabout it!"

Most of these stories don't end so well.  I think it's a good example of 
the difference between actual cops (who, you know, live and work in the 
real world) and the sort of people that you usually find working for the 
TSA - or cruise ship security.

Scott
N1VG


Drew Baxter wrote:
> http://adjunct.diodon349.com/Radio/suspected_terrorists_on_carnival_cruise_this_could_be_YOU.htm 
> 
> 
> Working around stuff like that might get you this situation, which was 
> on Carnival Cruise and involved Ham Radio hardware.. :)
> 
> I did a Google for +"HAM Radio" +"Carnival Cruise"
> 
> --Droo, K1XVM
> 
> At 06:38 PM 1/5/2008, Thomas E. Ketchum wrote:
>> Well, since I have always been one to work around stuff like that, I 
>> noticed there is no mention of a ban on the following items:
>>
>> Laptop computer with Non-Ham radio programming software & programming 
>> cables
>> Your favorite Non-Ham radio ( Motorola, Kenwood, Etc. )
>>
>> tk
>>
>> Thomas E. Ketchum
>> KD5WBU
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mark Fellhauer" <sparkfel at qwest.net>
>> To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
>> Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2008 5:30 PM
>> Subject: [aprssig] Cruise
>>
>>
>>>
>>> I have been invited on a 7 day Mexican Riveria cruise, probably 
>>> onboard the MS Carnival Pride next month.  I though this might be a 
>>> cool opportunity to do some HT satellite work, but found on the last 
>>> line of items BANNED on the crusie ship - Any Ham Radio Transmitters.
>>>
>>> http://www.carnival.com/cms/Images/Promo_Content/PDF/prohibited_items.pdf 
>>>
>>>
>>> Bummer.
>>>
>>> I did notice that they RENT Motorola radios to passengers who want 
>>> them. Hmmm...
>>>
>>> 73,
>>>
>>> Mark
>>> KC7BXS
>>>
>>>
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