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Re: [CQ-Contest] travelling

To: "Randy Johnson" <randyj@loan-wolf.com>,<cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] travelling
From: N6KI Dennis Vernacchia <n6ki_73@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 13:48:23 -0700
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Hi Randy,

Good idea but I think they'll give them hair gel recognition training 
before something
with low incidence encounters such  as ham radio equip

73. Dennis N6KI
Sandy Eggo

At 10:05 AM 8/18/2006, Randy Johnson wrote:
>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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