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Re: Sporting Equipment ?

I frequently travel overseas with my computers and radio's...
currently you are allowed a piece of "carry on luggage" and
a "computer"/"briefcase" for all local (US) and international
travel.  I have my computer(s) in a backpack and a standard
sized overhead "over nighter on wheels" that business travelers
use that is more than ample to hold any extra equipment I need
with me (spare underwear and shaving kit included)... I recently
flew.. Tampa/Wash Dulles/Amsterdam/Frankfurt/Bahrain/KSA/Kuwait
and return with no problems and checked the clothes and work related
SW in the hard sided (good Point!) luggage.

Excess is "EXCESS" I've checked ruggedized containers (up to 5!)
weighing several hundred pounds each and they only charged me 200-
300 $ US.

Your rig cant weigh that much!!!  I carry 3 laptops, batteries, Power
and the lot of disks in the back pack it weighs about 40+ pounds...

Perhaps you leave the 3KW amp at home eh?

KG4ITU - "Tampa Trailer Boys"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Terry Carrell" <tcarrell@xtra.co.nz>
To: <Richard@g3rwl.demon.co.uk>
Cc: "AMSAT-BB" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, March 10, 2002 11:49 AM
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Sporting Equipment ?

> Richard, Can't help on the "sporting equipment" side but suggest it might
> be worth asking an airline for the definition. Amateur radio equipment is
> incidental to travel as would be skiis, surfboard, 'cycle etc. You'd
> probably
> get away with antenna etc but the main rig may not quite meet the
> definition.
> Some words of caution.
> Security do not like HTs but permit cellphones! Remove the batteries and
> pack the antenna and other accessories in your luggage.
> If you try to take on board something of value which may attract the
> attention
> of security, have someone at the airport with you to take anything of
> back home. If security confiscate anything they deem an illegal carry-on
> item
> you will never see it again!
> DO NOT pack laptops in your luggage. They have (or did have) a habit of
> screen
> self anihilation which the airlines now refuse to cover. This may also
> to
> other equipment with larger liquid crystal screens. I'm not sure why this
> happens
> and no "experts" have been able to help. The only difference is handling
> temperature, holds are presurised the same as the cabin but the
> can
> get well below freezing on long flights. (If you worried about shipping an
> pet
> animal in a cold hold be assured they make sure they are in a special
> area.
> Its a check we always carried out when the hold load-sheet arrived.)
> Always pack your bag knowing it will be dropped serveral feet or just over
> metre!
> It amazing how well things actually survive the baggage handlers juggling.
> Note what the aircrew use for bags, hard cases are far better than soft.
> Crew are
> more experienced at travelling than anyone and have probably lost their
> more
> often - that's personal experience talking!
> 73, Terry,  ZL3QL.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
> Behalf Of Richard W L Limebear
> Sent: Sunday, March 10, 2002 10:53 PM
> To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Sporting Equipment ?
> Gang
> Let me clarify my request.
> I often travel with ham gear and always carry the sensitive bits (rig, psu
> etc) in my shoulder bag with the antennas, cables etc in the suitcase. It
> gets a softer ride and avoids the weighing machines (standard trick eh).
> But since 9/11 they are more touchy about what goes in shoulder bags; if I
> bubble-wrap the gear and put it in the suitcase they seem happier ... but
> then theres the risk of being overweight.
> No problems with customs: in the event of problems (or potential ones) I
> head for (or ask for) the guy with the most pips on his shoulder (less
> that they're trying to prove something to the boss) and show my licence
> which
> I carry separately). I'm not trying to avoid customs - just excess baggage
> costs.
> My question is specific: has anyone any experience with the "sporting
> equipment" clause related to baggage weight. This comes from the extra
> restrictions since 9/11.
> 73
> Richard W L Limebear G3RWL
> g3rwl@amsat.org
> FOC # 1188
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