I heard boats identifying with their call sign (many US) in the Bahamas saying “C6A”. Either I have not heard that before or have not paid attention to it. But I’m a person with a detail bug. I like small details and sometimes trivial but interesting things.
By the way I checked into, and have been listening to the Waterway Cruising Club Net on Amateur Radio on 40 Meters 7.268 Mhz this morning. Anyway it bugged me that I didn’t know what this “C6A” was that they were adding to their call sign identification. Well it is a designation meaning Bahamas Reciprocal Amateur Radio License permits. You gotta have one! To operate Ham Radio in the Bahamas.
The Waterway Cruising Club Net’s web page had a separate page about this: http://www.waterwayradio.net/intl_operating.htm which gave me the first hint of what it was. Another web site: http://www.on4bam.com/travel/Florida___Bahamas/florida___bahamas.html had one persons troubles with the C6A reciprocal license application … apparently the Bahamas (BATELCO) only have Amateur Radio Reciprocal License Agreements with a few countries …
“it seemed that only 4 countries have reciprocal agreements with the Bahamas, the US, Canada, Germany and the UK.” from the above web page.
Interesting work around the guy had to do … become a U.K. Licensed Ham even if you don’t live there … and then get the Bahamas C6A Reciprocal Permit based on THAT license. (Kind of like hacking Bahamas Radio Regulations … probably a form of political / social engineering. Nice work!)
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