[CQ-Contest] Airport security and ham gear

Milt Jensen n5ia at zia-connection.com
Mon Feb 2 10:55:27 EST 2004

For the XZ0A trip four years ago, my home brew Beverage transformers were
encased in small pieces of one inch diameter PVC pipe and sealed with
silicone, with the RG-59 pigtail cable and the antenna plus ground wires
hanging out of them.  Fortunately they were part of the one ton+ of radio
equipment/antennas, etc. that was all together as we checked in at LAX.  A
simple explanation of the true nature of the "pipe bombs" was all they
needed.  I expected more trouble but got lucky.

Milt, N5IA

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Gilmer" <n2mg1 at yahoo.com>
To: "CQ Contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 8:22 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Airport security and ham gear

> Even 15 years ago I found that wire was a big trigger
> for the security guys.
> It's easy to "see" in the x-rays and not a normal
> carry-on item!
> Mike N2MG
> --- K3FT <k3ft at starpower.net> wrote:
> >
> > Naturally, they saw this rectangular object (the
> > 'bug') with protruding dark
> > pieces plus the wire with the plug on it coiled up
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