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Subject: [CQ-Contest] travelling
From: "Randy Johnson" <randyj@loan-wolf.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 10:05:23 -0700
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The following message sent to ARRL

It seems to me that ARRL could be of great help to the travelling ham by 
helping educate TSA about amateur radio equipment. If there is one common 
characteristic I have seen among TSA employees, it is ignorance. They may now 
all have seen digital cameras but the average one can't tell a K2 from a video 
camera.  To any of them ham radio equipment just looks "suspicious." In the 
absence of information to the contrary, the easy course if for them to forbid 
anything "suspicious."

Putting stuff in the checked baggage is worse!  If you carry it on, at least 
you are there to explain it. 

Why can't we talk TSA HQ into putting out a "bulletin" to their employees - one 
we can get a copy of - that explains ham equipment, say that it is that it is 
not suspicious, and so get equipment through.  The alternative is that you have 
each one of 10,000 ignorant agents making up policy on the spot based upon 
their ignorance. 

Do you think that there is a role for ARRL here?

Randy W6SJ
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