Re: Radio use in public locations

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>

I believe it was our first Long beach Island ( NJ ) DXpedition in 2002, when two of our group were confronted by a police officer in his
car while we were laying out a 1500' BOG on the beach just before dark. Happily, the police had a good relationship with the local
ham group, and since most of us were hams, they asked one of us to go over to police headquarters and explain, Every year thereafter,
we've pre-notified the township and we've been left alone.

We get some odd reactions from civilians, but after 12 years the regulars on the beach have gotten used to us.

Russ Edmunds
15 mi NNW of Philadelphia
Grid FN20id


On Fri, 4/4/14, <> wrote:

Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Radio use in public locations
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014, 4:38 AM




Thanks for sharing this information. Misery enjoys
company-- I have also had the dubious experience of a police
visit during DXing at an ocean coast park.


In July of 2011 at the early morning hour of 0400 local
time (about one hour before sunrise) I was chasing
Trans-Pacific DX at Road's End State Park in Lincoln
City, Oregon-- technically a "Day Use Only"
park. Early morning DXing had been done at this
location on many previous days without incident, but on July
12, 2011 my luck ran out. A Lincoln City Police officer
drove up to my DXing site, shining his 250 kW headlight in
my face as  I temporarily forgot about chasing Aussie
and Kiwi AM stations.


The Officer got out of his car, took one look at my
subversive-looking FSL antenna, then politely asked me what
I was doing at a "Day Use Only" park at 0400 local
time. I attempted to explain to him the fine points of
Trans-Pacific propagation during the South Pacific sunset
period, but he didn't seem at all interested. Instead,
he called into Headquarters and asked for a full criminal
records check on my Washington state driver's license.
Apparently convinced that he had nailed
a long-term fugitive, he sternly advised me to stay in
place until the full criminal report came back by


After a few minutes the full report came back from
Washington state, and the Officer seemed pretty
astonished to hear that the "fugitive" had no
criminal record at all. Apparently embarrassed at this
revelation, he simply got in his Police car and drove off--
without even telling me to get out of the "Day Use
Only" park until sunrise. This episode had a major
effect on my future DXpedition planning, however. In order
to avoid these "Day Use Only" cops, all my
future DXpeditions would be conducted at Highway 101
ocean side cliffs-- which have no such time


73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)





-----Original Message-----

From: Bruce Conti <>

To: ultralightdx <>

Sent: Thu, Apr 3, 2014 9:58 pm

Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Radio use in public


I've had encounters with local police and park
rangers while DXpeditioning.  The most memorable
experience was while parked at the Nelson Island site of the
Parker River NWR in Rowley, Massachusetts.  Although
the lot is clearly marked no parking after dark, other than
occasional brief visits by police and rowdy teenagers, I
never had a problem before.  Usually the police are
curious and just want to make sure I'm not up to no
good.  One night, after showing an officer all my
documentation including WRTH and copies of Popular
Communications and DX News magazines, and demonstrating the
equipment, the officer wrote me up with a warning, waited
for me to pack everything up, and escorted me out.  He
was convinced that I was communicating with offshore drug
runners.  I still have the souvenir warning somewhere
in my piles of radio stuff.

DXpeditioning at a
public location is risky business these days due to
heightened homeland security.  I much prefer renting an
oceanfront cottage or campsite where I can DX without being


Bruce Conti

B.A.Conti Photography


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