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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby Beechy2000 » Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:48 pm

FreqFreak wrote:Cruiseliners use specific frequencies for "on board" by international agreement at 457/467 MHz, if that's likely to be something you want to earwig on.

Yes and listening when in port too and perhaps other vessels passed when at sea. Listening to Shortwave radio bands would also be great but I have no intention of becoming a ham radio operator.
My final question on this subject is do I need a licence to enjoy my new hobby?

Thanks once again for your help.

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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby m0lsx » Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:10 pm

No licence required to listen. But here in the UK, the law does say it is not legal. Just so you know.
However other than two half witted CB'ers who were not just listening to the Police (years ago)_ but also discussing what was happening & also at times keying the CB mike in front of the police receivers speakers to relay bits & pieces. I have never known anyone have any legal hassles just for listening.
So unless you do something totally stupid. It's not legal, but not prosecuted or taken any notice of.
To put the above into context myself & a friend were known unlicenced broadcasters at the time of the raids. We had both suffered raids at our homes. And it was at a time when the authorities did something about unlicenced broadcasters yet neither of us ever suffered the kind of raid these fools did.
You truly do have to be incredibly stupid to get raided or prosecuted for a receiver here in the UK. Although some other countries have a much different approach, so keep that scanner onboard the vessel.
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby Beechy2000 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:32 pm

m0lsx wrote:No licence required to listen. But here in the UK, the law does say it is not legal. Just so you know.
However other than two half witted CB'ers who were not just listening to the Police (years ago)_ but also discussing what was happening & also at times keying the CB mike in front of the police receivers speakers to relay bits & pieces. I have never known anyone have any legal hassles just for listening.
So unless you do something totally stupid. It's not legal, but not prosecuted or taken any notice of.
To put the above into context myself & a friend were known unlicenced broadcasters at the time of the raids. We had both suffered raids at our homes. And it was at a time when the authorities did something about unlicenced broadcasters yet neither of us ever suffered the kind of raid these fools did.
You truly do have to be incredibly stupid to get raided or prosecuted for a receiver here in the UK. Although some other countries have a much different approach, so keep that scanner onboard the vessel.

Thanks again for your help, a previous forum member mentioned that Cruise lines use DMR and I guess this will restrict my ear wigging?
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby m0lsx » Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:04 pm

Not necessarily. It is possible to use a laptop, a £20 dongle designed to receive TV, DAB etc & some free software called DSD.
But that kind of set up is not a plug & play & it thus does require some playing around to get it working as it should.
The problem with radio is that every time you think you are starting to get your head around it, you find a whole new area that you know B all about.
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Re: Best Handheld Scanner for a Beginner

Postby ecps92 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:44 pm

Not all cruise lines have gone DMR [TRBO] but alas, many are migrating tho it.

There are still plenty of analog users tho.

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Beechy2000 wrote:
m0lsx wrote:No licence required to listen. But here in the UK, the law does say it is not legal. Just so you know.
However other than two half witted CB'ers who were not just listening to the Police (years ago)_ but also discussing what was happening & also at times keying the CB mike in front of the police receivers speakers to relay bits & pieces. I have never known anyone have any legal hassles just for listening.
So unless you do something totally stupid. It's not legal, but not prosecuted or taken any notice of.
To put the above into context myself & a friend were known unlicenced broadcasters at the time of the raids. We had both suffered raids at our homes. And it was at a time when the authorities did something about unlicenced broadcasters yet neither of us ever suffered the kind of raid these fools did.
You truly do have to be incredibly stupid to get raided or prosecuted for a receiver here in the UK. Although some other countries have a much different approach, so keep that scanner onboard the vessel.

Thanks again for your help, a previous forum member mentioned that Cruise lines use DMR and I guess this will restrict my ear wigging?
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