Ofcom, scanners & the law.

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Ofcom, scanners & the law.

Postby m0lsx » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:05 pm

The following document gives Ofcoms advice on Scanner use & the law.

Guidance on Receive-Only Radio Scanners: Legal position and common questions on Receive-Only Radio Scanners.


A license is not required to use a radio receiver or scanner as long as it is not capable of transmission. It is not illegal to sell, buy or own a scanner or any other receiver but it should only be used to listen to transmissions meant for general reception.
The services that can be listened to under the definition of general reception are:
1. licensed broadcasting stations;
2. amateur and citizens' band radio transmissions; and
3. weather and navigation transmissions
Radio scanners should not be used to listen to any other radio services.

Ofcom that has second paper that covers the use of a radio which scans a few channels & is capable of transmitting.

Guide to the use of radio transmitters and the law: an explanation of the regulations which govern the civil use of radio equipment in the UK.


The largest proportion of prosecutions under the Wireless Telegraphy Acts are for breaches of Section 8 of the 2006 Act. Such breaches take one of two forms, either the user:

• has no licence at all;
•has installed or is using radio equipment outside the terms of the licence or exemption.

The 2006 Act also contains a number of other criminal offences, including:
• section 36: possession of radio equipment for unlicensed or unauthorised use;
• section 68: using any apparatus for the purpose of interfering with any wireless
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Re: Ofcom, scanners & the law.

Postby Minus1 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:55 pm

Or to summarize it:
"The law is an ass." :rolleyes:
I reserve the right to ignore people who have made no attempt to the read the manual, and expect others to do it for them.
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