Ham Radio Operations on board ship...

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  1. kb1esx

    kb1esx David - "Growing older, not up"

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    Hi All,

    Has anybody operated HF/VHF/UHF while on board? :confused3

    Has anybody asked about seeing the ships 'shack'? :thumbsup2

    Thanks & 73's

    David
     
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  3. ricka47

    ricka47 <br><img src="http://www.wdwinfo.com/images/sponso

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    Never did that. I seem to remember that the regulations say that we must get permission from the Master of the ship? It might be fun although my wife would think I was even more crazy.

    I would like to see the radio room though....73, Rick, KQ4Y
     
  4. 3DAN

    3DAN DIS Veteran

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    I once asked to see or get a tour of the area behind the front desk. I was in a suite on the Panama cruise and thought it would be cool to see that area where the concierge hangs out. It is forbidden in that area because they apparently have financial things there (as in money) and therefore NOBODY is allowed behind that scene. Never tried to pull strings anywhere else.
    Bill
     
  5. BigRed1

    BigRed1 If life gives you limes, make margaritas!

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    This is correct. I can't quote paragraph numbers, but once you board the ship, you must have the Captains permission, even in US waters. I went on a bridge tour on the Wonder last year. According to the tour guide, ALL communications on the ship are from the bridge, through a computer terminal that routes traffic to appropriate transmitter.....the wonder of digital electronics. :teeth:

    73's KD4WYB
     
  6. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

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    Anyone can sign up and take the bridge tour. Unfortunately, since 9/11 things have gotten much tighter for DCL and all lines. The drydock last year significantly reduced guests ability to see what goes on on the bridge.

    The indirect answer is "good luck" and "probably not."

    I'm a physician, and met the ship's doc one evening. I was invited to tour the medical facility--very impressive. It seriously resembles a small ICU.
     
  7. mickeymedic

    mickeymedic <font color=red>Loves Off Kilter<br><font color=te

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    As a paramedic and an emergency medical dispatcher I'd love to see both the medical facility and the communiciations center. I don't cruise until September, so please let me know if you have any luck with touring either.

    73's!

    Daughter of K2RJ and N2AGQ (never got a license of my own.)
     
  8. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

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    Definately need permission, and I would be surprised if you got it because of the potential of interference with the ships radio systems.
     
  9. papa

    papa Cruisetoberfest Veterans and big kids at heart

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    Would be nice to see the shack though :banana: 73's Mike N4EOL
     
  10. Ct_TiggerFan

    Ct_TiggerFan <font color=red>Duct tape is like the force, It ho

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    It would be great to see the shack,

    it would even be more fun to run a special event from the ship, but I dont see that happening anytime soon

    73
    Ed - N1HSH
     
  11. AdventureGuru

    AdventureGuru <font color=darkgreen>HA! Do men come with instruc

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    I sent you a PM
    73
    Guru
     
  12. theoarn

    theoarn Mouseketeer

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    This is about a year late but I will give it a shot.
    In the past the QE2 and several other cruise ships provided a ham radio to licensed amateurs to make QSL's from on board ship.
    I was in Bolivia working one year and made a 20 meter contact with a ham on the QE2.
    When I returned home I had a nice QSL card waiting for me from the QE2 which was provided by the ship as well.
    Possibly the Disney lines has a similar program??
    I would definitely ask as soon as I boarded.
    You can bet I will on my Disney Cruise.
    Theo
    KC5SEB
     
  13. drclaws

    drclaws I'd rather be Mousing!

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    I would doubt the communications part, but I know we've had medical folks here that have stopped by and were given a tour of the medical facilities on board.
     
  14. been2marceline

    been2marceline Fish are Food, not Friends!

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    Previous to the drydock, the CD told us that the bridge tours were no longer going to be given, due to the fact that the walkway is now part of the spa.

    Any info?

    Post 9/11 they stopped the enngine room tours as well, pretty sure that most of these "cool" areas are now off limits for good.
     
  15. Kissimmee

    Kissimmee Two Timer

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    I operated on The Magic during the Transatlantic Crossing.

    A ) You need a Bahamian license Since the ship is Bahamian registry(reciprocal license was $25 as I recall and took about 4 weeks to process. )
    b ) You should have a letter from Disney HQ
    C ) You need to let guest services photocopy your US license , Bahamian License and the letter from Disney for presentation to the Captain or his designate.
    D ) you will get a voice mail in a day giving permission.

    I worked from my balcony and the aft sun deck on level 7

    I use the power plug behind the TV in the room and there were standard outlets on the sun deck.

    Setup was an Astron SS-30M, Icom IC-7000 into a Lil TarHeels II screwdriver with 56 inch whip.

    On May 17th (about half way across the Atlantic Conditions finally opened up to Europe on 17 and 20 M and I worked a number of stations in Italy Spain and Germany.

    Conditions were best on the 19th just before we reached the Canary Islands but being a Saturday contesting had the bands packed and my weak signal got only a couple takers. One was the only contact state side I managed on the trip over.

    This was my first DXpedition experience and family took most of my time on board so I only managed a few hours on the air. Still it was a great experience and a more experienced Ham would probably have better success.

    I assumed that post 911 there was no way to visit the radio operator or radio shack on board. In the digital age the wireless room might be rather sparse and rarely used or even nonexistent.

    For my money, there is a Disney Radio Studio in the forward funnel on deck 10. It is rarely used and for very little cost Disney could provide an Amateur radio and a multi band dipole between the stacks.

    I did ask if they have many ham operators seeking permission and was told I was the first. Not sure you can take that to the bank but it was nice to hear in any case.

    Richard AI4RN

    It's late but when I have a moment I'll shrink some of the photos and post them.
     
  16. Kissimmee

    Kissimmee Two Timer

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    Surprise!

    BTW standard 120V outlets were all over the ship ready for use, extension cord and all.
     
  17. Kissimmee

    Kissimmee Two Timer

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    Horizontal Antenna orientation seemed to work best. I modified the magnetic mount to add a ground strap connector so I could ground the radio at the antenna base. They keep the ship well painted. Finding bare metal was a challenge. Maybe I would have been better on a poorly maintained ship.


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    Vertical mounting did not give as good a match or performance. Probably because of the proximity to other metal in the balcony.


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    Second view of Vertical mounting


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    Radio and PC. The PC is running a program I wrote for the cruise to calculate the midway point on the ocean crossing. A small USB GPS antenna was also placed on the balcony.


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    Overall view of my on-board Ham Shack


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    I only set up once on the back of the ship. The bands were dead that day and all my further attempts were made from my cabin. If I had more free time, Disney keeps you busy, I would have liked to try the same setup when the bands were open. The antenna had the fewest obstructions back there and it would have been interesting to see if there was any performance advantage.


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    Another view


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    Radio setup


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    Another view
     
  18. Tikihula

    Tikihula DIS Veteran

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    Wow, Kissimmee! After seeing photos of your ham shack, I'm sure there will be other hams just dying to set up their gear onboard. Too bad the bands weren't more active during your cruise.
    73's from a former ham
     
  19. Kissimmee

    Kissimmee Two Timer

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    I'll participate in a ham cruise in a heart beat. I should call Disney and see if they would be interested...
     
  20. KA0TP

    KA0TP Sailor Tom - MV Darcy Leaj, and SV Fiona

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    Going on Eastern Caribean Cruise in Sept. on Magic. Would like to at least take Handhelds for use with IRLP repeaters in St. Thomas and Maybe Saint Martin.
    How does one contact Disney HQ? I'd like permission for at least VFH/UHF ops. Beats using FRS radios as girlfriend is a Ham also.
    Already learned about Handhelds and ignorant Security guards at NASA tour.
    (See QRZ.com archives)
    Tom Popp
     

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