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Author Topic: What Band And Radio Would You Select For Simplex On A Cruise Ship?  (Read 4899 times)
N0JS
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« on: March 17, 2013, 05:15:38 PM »

My wife and I are both amateur radio operators.  We have gone on cruise in the past and just used old Nextels for off network Direct Talk simplex.  Since they are only 600 milliwatts, we lost contact occasionally.  Anyway, if I decide to spring for a pair of new or used portables, what band and radios should I go with? 
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2013, 06:43:41 PM »

I'd go with UHF in this situation.

No chance of interfering with ship-to-ship HF or VHF. and it is WAY unlikely that you will interfere with intra-ship UHF radios if you buy good gear.

Take a look about for a couple of used Alinco or Yaesu low power dual banders. They will fit the bill. With after market antennas of course.

DJC6T or DJC7T or VX1R or VX3R.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 06:18:55 PM »

Buy a pair of Baofeng UV-5R dual band HT's. For under $100 shipped you will have two good radios to use on the cruise and after the cruise too.

Check Ebay for them, lots of sellers, mainly from China where I got mine. Most offer free shipping too.  Smiley
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WB5ITT
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 10:17:44 AM »

Remember, in territorial waters of another country, you are bound by their rules....in Europe, 2m is only 144-146 and UHF ham is 430-440........even on board operation could be an issue depending on the ship's registry....check all rules before the cruise....ARRL HQ can help.
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KS4VT
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 03:34:14 PM »

The last cruise I was on they had an on-board CDMA phone system that worked really well and 2 hansets were assigned per room.
We were able to call and test message and it made communications great between us.
Call the cruise company and see it they have them.  If they do leave the radios at home and use those.
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AA4PB
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 04:22:37 PM »

Remember, in territorial waters of another country, you are bound by their rules....in Europe, 2m is only 144-146 and UHF ham is 430-440........even on board operation could be an issue depending on the ship's registry....check all rules before the cruise....ARRL HQ can help.

Even in international waters you are bound by the rules of the country of ships registry (FCC for a U.S. vessel) and that may well include having the captain's permission to operate the radios on board.
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N5PZJ
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2014, 08:44:24 PM »

Cruise ship (Carnival) now allows for Amateur Operation, received back this:

Hello Martin,
 
Thank you for contacting us.  We appreciate the opportunity to be of assistance. We look forward to welcoming you and your family onboard. We do allow guest to bring Ham/Amateur Radio equipment onboard.Thank you for choosing Carnival. 

S/ CUSTOMER SERVICES
 

I am have a Bahamas Recip License and an IARP from ARRL!!!   Going on Dec 14!!  to the Bahamas!!
 
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2014, 10:11:27 PM »

On Carnival?  Oh man, good luck with that.
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KO1D
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2014, 10:33:51 AM »

Captain of the ship decides what you may and may not use. He can override the company if he feels his ship is in danger.

That being said, check the laws of the ports of call you will be using. You may get the answer there. There could be restrictions on operations within their territorial waters. For example. The limitations on using 70cm around certain US based military installations down not stop at the beach. It goes out that far to sea as well.
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2014, 12:32:12 PM »

The captain has authority to control radio usage.

The captain cannot waive the Flagging countries' amateur laws.  

In international waters you must operate under the laws of the flagging country

In territorial waters you must operate under the laws of the territorial country.

A quick check indicates that Carnival ships are flagged under Panamanian registry, but you should check with them about your specific ship.

You need to check Panamanian laws for amateur licensing/exchange licensing/ and operating privileges (frequencies, modes, etc, may be signficantly different from US procedures).  ARRL website has much info on foreign operating.

*Yes, I know that hams often ignore the letter of the law when operating from cruise ships.  However, that does not relieve you of your legal responsibilities.

**GMRS, FRS, MURS, CB radios may or may not be authorized for unlicensed use under foriegn laws.  
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KQ4KK
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2014, 11:53:55 AM »

On most cruise ships, in their store, they sell FRS radios.

Kids and people use them all over the boats.

Put your BAOFANG on a FRS channel, turn down the power and go for it.
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KS4VT
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« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2014, 06:17:41 AM »

Cruise ship (Carnival) now allows for Amateur Operation, received back this:

Hello Martin,
 
Thank you for contacting us.  We appreciate the opportunity to be of assistance. We look forward to welcoming you and your family onboard. We do allow guest to bring Ham/Amateur Radio equipment onboard.Thank you for choosing Carnival. 

S/ CUSTOMER SERVICES

I am have a Bahamas Recip License and an IARP from ARRL!!!   Going on Dec 14!!  to the Bahamas!!

Well it say's that you can bring it on board, but what it doesn't say is that you can use it while on the ship.  Can you use the ship to transport the radios? According to the above yes you can.  But being able to use it while on the ship is something only the Captain can approve.
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N8AUC
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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2014, 10:43:41 AM »

My wife and I went on a Carnival Cruise several years ago. She is also a ham. I thought about bringing a radio to play with, but decided against it. Instead, I chose to spend some quality time with her, which she really appreciated. I did ask the Captain about the radios on board the ship, and he indicated that I could visit the radio room while the ship was in port. Now when we were in port, she decided to go to the spa for a massage (it's much less expensive when in port). While she did that, I went to visit the ship's radio room. There was an officer on duty, who was also a ham, licensed in Honduras if I remember right. We tuned one of the ship's HF radios into the 20m ham band, and sat there copying some CW for a while. The officer on duty indicated that the ship's HF gear could receive everywhere, but only transmit in the marine bands. He explained the entire compliment of gear on board and what they used each for. He even gave me the company HF frequency they used to check in daily. I had a great time.
 
By the way, the cruise itself ranks right up there as one of the very best vacations I have ever taken. I really enjoyed it, and finances permitting, I'd go again in a heartbeat!
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