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I had a friend who had one of these Chinese scanners. I don't know if it was modded or what not but he was able to tune into local police transmissions and jump onto their frequency and transmit messages like "radio check" and so on. Can anyone explain this?
 

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It's not a scanner, it's a transceiver (e.g. transmitter *and* receiver) that has scanning capabilities.

Your friend can be in some serious crap if he gets caught transmitting with that device in an unauthorized manner (e.g. out-of-band)
 

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Yeah if the FCC finds him he will get absolutely wrecked.

it’s probably a lot easier to tell who’s not a cop on the radio than he might think.
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Same thing if you tune into an actual amateur band, I’m sure he doesn’t have a license.
 
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Tell him to pack up some of this for his next trip if he gets caught tx'ing on law enforcement frequencies
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I had a friend who had one of these Chinese scanners. I don't know if it was modded or what not but he was able to tune into local police transmissions and jump onto their frequency and transmit messages like "radio check" and so on. Can anyone explain this?
And such actions are exactly why the FCC recently sent out a directive that sales of such radios in the US were to stop. How effective that directive will be remains to be seen.

Transmitting on frequencies for which you are not licensed is illegal (receiving them is legal, except for a very few specific freqs, such as cell phones). Of course, you need to get caught, and catching people doing such things can be problematic, most such transmissions are never even noticed. But, transmitting on police frequencies is the quickest way to get noticed that I can think of. Once a police department is aware of specific activities they can draw on several resources to quickly track down the people doing such.

Essentially the chances of getting caught are small until such time as a police department (or the FCC in other cases) decides it is time to do something about it.

People have gone to jail for intentionally interfering with police and safety of life radio communications. Other people have received substantial fines.

T!
 

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And such actions are exactly why the FCC recently sent out a directive that sales of such radios in the US were to stop. How effective that directive will be remains to be seen.
Yup, a perfect example of a bunch of complete arsehats causing those of us licensed to own and use such equipment to lose that privilege.

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I didn't start the thread to test the legality of such action. And I never said that he was using this device for malicious purposes. Furthermore, it is also illegal for the US government to go around terrorizing other countries and orchestrating coup de e'tats -- but I don't see anyone doing anything about that. I was just curious how he did it because I never asked him and we later lost contact.
 

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I didn't start the thread to test the legality of such action. Furthermore, it is also illegal for the US government to go around terrorizing other countries and orchestrating coup de e'tats -- but I don't see anyone doing anything about that.
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You're asking for a friend, we wish your friend all the best, and are adamant to point that your friend can get in trouble for transmitting on a police frequency, no matter what your friend's purposes were or what your friend is transmitting.

There is no way on earth we would ever think that you were not asking for a friend, or that you sound in any way defensive or anything like that - we're only talking about your friend. If you ever, ever, receive a mysterious unsigned package with your now lost from touch friend's scanner in it - don't take any of the above advice in consideration - it's for your friend, not for you, you have done nothing wrong.

So if it happens, and you end up with said scanner in your possession - jump on that Transmit button and instruct the US government to stop going around terrorizing other countries and orchestrating coup d'etats, on a police frequency :quagmire:

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I didn't start the thread to test the legality of such action. And I never said that he was using this device for malicious purposes. Furthermore, it is also illegal for the US government to go around terrorizing other countries and orchestrating coup de e'tats -- but I don't see anyone doing anything about that. I was just curious how he did it because I never asked him and we later lost contact.
You described someone using a radio illegally on police frequencies. And you asked "can anyone explain this" without more detail in the question or a focus of what part you questioned. It was explained to you what the radio was, and the fact that these actions are illegal. It does not matter if the use is malicious or not, it is illegal in its simple action. You, and probably he, appeared to be unaware that this activity can have consequences. There is a specific federal agency tasked with enforcement in such a case, and there are also various state and local regulations, and so state and local authorities, that also address these actions. What more information are you looking for?

"How he did it"? That is a bit easier to understand question than your original wording. He owned a radio, a transciever in this case, that was capable of transmitting (and receiving) on police frequencies. There are many models and makes capable of this, and many bands that police frequencies can be found in, so which specific one (radio) is in question and cannot be answered without more information.

In the USA, but not some other nations, it is legal to monitor, listen to, almost any frequency you want, with very few restrictions. Police and public service freqs are specifically included in these "legal" freqs to monitor. So the act of tuning to and monitoring a police transmission is not a problem. Transmitting on those freqs, if you are not specifically authorized to and are not using certificated and authorized hardware, is illegal.

There are various resources, online and in print, where you can find the frequencies of things like police departments. Some of these frequencies are a matter of public record, some not so much, but none of them are "illegal" to know. The web site radioreference.com is an excellent starting point.

Unless we want to get into a discussion on how radio works I don't know what else there is to explain. Or maybe you can give a more specific question or questions instead of a general question that might have different answers depending on how the reader takes the question.

If you ask more specific questions I am sure we can get you the information you want. What are you wondering about more specifically?

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Please report posts, do not attack or "attack back". This is a non-infraction warning. Further attacks or foul language will result in a formal infraction warning.
Thanks for the fine forensic analysis. I appreciate the forum sheriffs enlightening me about the legality of using transmitters, and how the FFC is going to come kicking down doors in a swat style raid if myself or anyone else ever dares to transmit on a government frequency.

Anyhow, I didn't come to start an on-line feud with the forum hall monitors. So I am just going to dump this thread. And for those who wanted to blast insults and sarcasm my way, well, blow it out your ass!
 

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Man, didn't you have a US flag on your profile this morning ? That 2800 miles trip south in half a day must have made you grumpy :) In Chile tomorrow ? Lighten up :)
Good luck
 

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Guys this is not a way to conduct yourself. If someone has made an error or mistake, yes call them out, but do it properly. If in doubt report the post, please do not take it into your own hands.

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