Would anyone who has traveled with a HF rig since 9/11/01 please pass on to
me their experiences and recommendations.
I travel to the Philippines every 2 or 3 years for the CQWWDX and/or ARRL
10 mtr Contests. My previous trips there were before 9/11/01 and I had no
problem hand carrying my Kenwood TS-50 and AT-50 in the carry case Kenwood
designed for that purpose. I was once asked at LAX what it was and I
showed the security checker the TS-50 Operating Manual and they allowed it
no problem. I have traveled to Europe since 9/11/01 WITHOUT a rig and
noticed the increase in airport security. I will be departing from LAX and
will have a layover with an additional security check in Hong Kong. On my
return, I will have security checks at Manila and again at Hong Kong. I
have nightmares of the security people confiscating my rig, questioning me,
and causing me to miss my non-refundable fare flight. If I were to instead
pack it in my checked baggage, and the bag was later x-rayed and they
thought it was suspicious, what would they then do?
My travel agent and the airline people at Cathay Pacific are no help, they
suggest I leave it at home. But it is kind of hard to work a contest
without a rig.
I will also have a laptop for logging and have no problem if they ask me to
turn it on to prove it is operational. But what about the TS-50? I would
need to find power to plug it in, and then all it could put out would be
static with no antenna.
I know some of you DXer's out there must have traveled with a rig since
9/11/01 and may be able to share your experiences with me.
TIA & 73
Amateur Radio Station K6ACZ
Anaheim, Southern California, USA
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