Hi everyone, I don't see a forum area specific to legal matters, so asking here. Hopefully someone with experience driving through or living in these states can alleviate my anxieties.
I have two non-standard antennas on my car, one for a scanner, one for a 2m/70 ham radio; the ham is an HT that I mount on my dash when I'm driving, otherwise it's with me.
This is a summary of my situation..
1. Both Indiana and Kentucky restrict scanner use but do permit them for licensed hams (http://www.afn.org/~afn09444/scanlaws/scanner5.html
2. I don't plan to use a scanner while traveling; won't even have it with me.
3. My HT is a Wouxun, good little rig, open on some public safety frequencies.
4. From what I understand, some police officers don't know the difference between a scanner and an amateur radio, and even if they do, if they're in a bad mood they can confiscate it, fine you, and it could take a year to get it back and they claim it was just an honest mistake.
5. I plan to put my call sign on the back window in reflective lettering; it's partly a pride thing and announcing to other hams I'm in a the hobby, but also a caution thing so cops realize the antennas are being used by an FCC license holder.
6. I of course plan to carry my license.
Questions: Am I being paranoid? Do I remove the antennas while in those states and put the radio in the glove compartment? Are the call letters a bad idea (invitation to thieves) ?
BTW, I've traveled to Canada a lot for years, never did anything illegal, but I can tell you that just by luck of the draw, having crossed the border 100's of times, I've met my share of surly Homeland Security officers that went out of their way to make my border crossing an experience to remember.
I don't want to lose my radio in Indiana or Kentucky just because someone's having a bad day :-)
All comments appreciated!