Originally Posted by btrayfors
Jeez, why is this so hard to get right?
I don't there has ever been a moment in this discussion when there was any real serious doubt about the requirements. We have been talking about the logic or reasoning of the requirements, not exactly what is required--well almost.
However, on the case of a visiting American boater in Canada
, there does seem to be a bit of confusion. The Canadians are willing to waive their requirement for a visiting boat operator to have a Canadian boat operator license
if staying less than 45 days, but they seem to insist that the visiting boat operator have a radio
if he is going to use his radio
. This is another oddity. You can operate your boat but not your boat's radio! Does that make sense?
As for countries being restrictive about operating radio transmitters, I have some experience with this, too, but only indirectly. For decades I used to chase DX as a Radio Amateur, and read many accounts and heard some first hand about the travails of getting a license for a radio transmitter in a foreign country. In some countries and at some times you'd be killed if you had a radio transmitter.
ASIDE: Completely off topic but one of the rarest countries on the planet for Amateur Radio communication is Somalia
. The last time I heard a station on the ham bands from Somalia
was in the early 1970's. It was probably a station at the U S Embassy there. (Callsign was 6O6BW.) I don't think you are going to get much cooperation from Somalia for reciprocal licensing of your boat radio when passing through.