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Approved: Ham Radio ops aboard Holland America Ships


Just got this approval to operate Ham Radio onboard Holland America Ship Zaandam:




Thank you for your recent correspondence with Holland America Line concerning your upcoming ms Zaandam voyage.


The Netherlands in which our ships are flagged, has an agreement with the USA and Canada, where radio amateurs are allowed to operate their equipment for a limited time without any further administrative obligations in respective countries. Amateur Radio Operators have to adhere to the regulations of the country transmitting from, and add identification to their own call sign, in this case PA/(own call sign)/mm. Radio Amateurs are not allowed to operate from HAL ships while inside the territorial waters of countries other than the USA and Canada.


The Amateur’s radio equipment must not obstruct in any way or form the operation of the vessel.  The Master can suspend and/or restrict the use of the equipment at any time, when interruptions occur to the proper operation of ship’s equipment. The equipment should be operated as far away from ship’s aerials as possible.


Amateur Radio Operators while on board shall not transmit within the boundary of any port.


Guests bringing radio transmitters on board must report this to the Front Office upon boarding in order to obtain any special operating instructions from Ship’s Officers prior to use.



Please feel free to contact us if we may be of additional assistance.  Thank you for contacting Holland America Line.



Kind Regards,



Holland America Line

U.S. and Canada: 877-724-5425 FREE

International: 206-286-3900

Mon-Fri  5am-7pm PST

Sat-Sun 6am-5pm PST

Jamboree of The Air at VK2BV-Sat 17th Oct

JOTA2015On Saturday the 17th October, 2015 the Cubs and Joeys of the Eastern Suburbs will be holding their Jamboree of the Air Event at the Rose Bay Scout Hall.

We Radio Amateurs will be pleased to assist them to communicate via HF, Echolink, IRLP, VHF & UHF Repeaters and D-star.

If any Radio Amateurs can offer their assistance between 4pm to 10 pm (or 11, 12 …)  please contact so we can plan your involvement.






Electromagnetic Radiation Presentation & Calculator

A liveelectromagneticfigure2ly discussion followed Roger (VK2ZRH) Harrison’s presentation on the  EMR mitigation obligations of Licensed Radio Amateurs. He also suggested checking your station’s compliance with VK3UM’s excellent calculator:-

Thanks Roger, for the very informative and interesting presentation.