Originally Posted by dannyjoh
I have both ham license and ship station license (both issued by US FCC). Am I allowed to transmit on ham frequencies from my boat while sailing through a foreign country? I kind of doubt it but not 100% sure.
1. Territorial waters of CEPT countries (most of Europe
, etc.) -- have an Extra Class license and keep a copy of this: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regul...A-11-221A1.pdf
and your passport and you're good to go.
2. Territorial waters of the ten (so far) CITEL countries in North and South America
, El Salvador, Panama
, Paraguay, Peru
, Trinidad and Tobago
, United States of America, Uruguay, and Venezuela) -- get an International Amateur Radio Permit
through ARRL -- fill out one page form and send it (I think) $10 for a one-year permit
valid in all the CITEL countries. See: IARP
3. Most other countries -- based on whatever reciprocal operating agreement exists. See: Reciprocal Permit
. Many of these countries do not require a special permit.
Countries like Mexico
which require a specific permit are actually fairly rare. There's certainly no problem in Europe
-- have an Extra Class license and have at it -- even in Russia
Ignore advice telling you to ignore the rules because "no one is listening." Bullocks. Hams are a friendly and helpful bunch, but most of them very much frown on unlicensed or improper operation, will refuse to talk with you, and may very well REPORT YOU to the authorities. The hobby is self-policing. Why do you need the hassle? Just follow the rules -- it's not that hard to do.