Bahamas – sailing and ham radio

My wife and I have an upcoming trip the Bahamas. We’ll be meeting our friends Keith and Terri on their live-aboard sailboat. I got a wild thought…I should take the KX3 and end-fed half wave antenna along, and I’ll be maritime mobile from the Exumas! I submitted the paperwork via email, and anxiously awaited my callsign. I got a response back really quick from Ms. Linda with the Bahamian government, asking for an additional form to be completed. My credit card was quickly charged the $35 fee. Today I checked with Ms. Linda on the status. I found out that I won’t receive my license until AFTER I return from my trip. This is all on me, as I should have planned this out sooner.

There’s still a chance that my license will arrive in time, but it’s a pretty slim chance. Fingers crossed.

Michael Brown, KG9DW, is a regular contributor to and writes from Illinois, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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