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Author Topic: Scanners VS Wide Receive  (Read 445 times)
KB2RVL
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« on: March 04, 2007, 08:32:29 AM »

I live in NJ and I know mobile scanners are legal as long as you aren't using them during the time you are committing a crime.  
My question is, how are transceivers that are capable of receiving outside of the Ham bands perceived when I travel to states where mobile scanners are illegal?
Has anyone encountered any problems before?
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2007, 03:22:44 PM »

There are a lot of anecdotal stories about amateurs being arrested for "listening" in on police frequencies. However, the true facts don't support the premise.

I'm not a lawyer, and I haven't read the NJ law, or any other law governing the use of mobile scanners, whether or not they are built into amateur transceivers. Speaking only for myself, I would never worry about being stopped or questioned, unless of course you're in the thick of an investigation making a pest of yourself. Fact is, if they arrested everyone who was violating the letter of the law with respect to mobile scanners, the powers that be wouldn't have time to chase real criminals.

Alan, KØBG
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W3LK
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2007, 01:25:36 PM »

If you get pulled over for speeding, make sure the rig is NOT tuned to your local police department's frequency! Smiley

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Lon - W3LK
Baltimore, Maryland
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KC9GGH
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2007, 10:16:32 AM »

Go to the state government website and print out the state law.  Normally if you have a ham radio license you are okay.  This is a pretty good website for info.
http://www.afn.org/~afn09444/scanlaws/index.html
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