The last time I operated in the United States of America I had to conform to FCC rules as they pertained to Amateur Radio Operations (and rightly so). I could not check in (voice) to the Trans Provincal Net on 7.055 as voice is not permitted in that part of the band. I could also not check in (voice) to the Trans Canada Net on 14.140 for the same reason.
The fact that I can in Canada is because the Canadian Regulations are different from the American Regulations.
Another example of this would be that only now are Canadians starting to get use of 60m although the process is speeding up very quickly (read my previous posting) and our American and British cousins have been on 60 for a while now in various modes.
So why am I giving you this little spiel on International Radio Regs???
Today we fast forward to another issue that concerns the 7O6T DXPedition to Yemen. The 7O6T operators have to abide by the conditions of the Yemen authorities who issued the License to operate.
Unfortunatly “7O” has a short list of banned countries. This means that 7O6T is not allowed to contact them. On that list is 4X (Israel) . For 7O6T to contact any Israel callsign would put them in direct conflict with their Licence terms and conditions and could leave them open to penalties determined by the Yemen authorities…
All of us as Amateur Radio Operators do not want to be political pawns but we have to recognise that if we are going to operate from a foreign country that we must respect the laws of that soverign nation.
There has been questions asked as to why the DXPediton even would happen knowing that they could not talk to “all amateurs of the world” and other questions as to why the ARRL allowed this DXPedition to be granted DXCC status because of the above…. Those questions are at a level I won’t even try to understand as I am not a politician…
I am just an Amateur Radio Operator whose goverment allowed me to talk to a county and that country was allowed to talk back to Canada…
However the bottom line is… Follow the rules … and when in Rome… (you know the rest)