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In USA, is it legal to hear police or ATC frequency? [closed]

In USA, is it legal to hear police or ATC (air traffic control) frequency?
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Legal aspects of the HackRF one / SDR in Switzerland?

I would like to know, what I can legally do with SDR / a Hack RF One in Switzerland? What are the limitations concerning sending and receiving? Do I need any licenses for that? If so, which ones, ...
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Can I monitor a refrigerator using ham radio?

I am considering the ramifications of monitoring my refrigerator conditions using ham radio. Can the radio on the refrigerator be under automatic control using my call sign so that I do not need to ...
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Are any handsets compliant with Canadian regs usable on both 2M amateur and 2M commercial bands? Is this even possible?

It is rumoured that radio handsets are sometimes used in Canada on 2-metre amateur bands without being certified with Industry Canada. Some of those sets may be modified or reprogrammed to operate on ...
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Technician Class HF Privileges in the USA

What are the current privileges below 30 MHz for holders in the United States of a Technician class license?
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Amateur Radio for Science Fair

Can I use an amateur radio for a science fair? If so, do I need to prove that I have an active license?
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Legality of short “jingles” [duplicate]

Every time I check into a net, there is a short "tune" before the net to announce the net is starting on a repeater. Here is a recording: http://kd0whb.duckdns.org/id/preamble.m4a After hearing the ...
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What are the FCC's bandwidth restrictions for the various amateur bands?

Does the FCC restrict how much bandwidth an amateur radio operator can transmit? I've seen restrictions for transmitting data, like packet and ATV, but, for example, could I legally use a huge ...
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Do I need I license to have these walkie talkies in Japan

I currently reside in Japan (not on a military base) and I have been interested in purchasing some walkie talkies. I found these on amazon JP Link and I was wondering if can I own something like this ...
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Can I use any frequency In a faraday cage? [duplicate]

Let's say my entire house is 5 stories underground with a lead nuclear sheild and no radio waves get out. Given that no interference will be made, am I allowed to transmit on any frequency (not only ...
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Are there legal restrictions on radio reception in India?

I live in India and would like to know whether it is legal to listen to on the air transmissions there. I know that transmitting is allowed only in limited frequencies and strictly require a HAM ...
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model rocket locater

I'm trying to determine the best way to operate a model rocket tracking beacon. There's various vague details on modes of operating in part 97, and equally vague descriptions in the 70cm band plan, ...
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In Canada do I need an Advanced license to use a DVAP?

In Canada do I need an Advanced license to use a D-Star DVAP hotspot?
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Transmitting on FRS using a chinese handheld radio [closed]

I bought a Chinese-made handheld radio with detachable antenna. I programmed it for FRS/GMRS frequencies, but its output is about 3W. Is it illegal? If it is, why and how would anyone find out?
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It is allowed to have more APRS trackers with one callsign in Europe Union

I am interested if I can set up all my automatic APRS GPS trackers with one call sign in Austria (like in the US)? Are there any restrictions on usage?
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Will the feds show up to my door? Is there a way to not get in trouble?

Ok so I am in the USA, and I have just bought a BFTECH BF-F5XP. I have a couple of questions. First of all, could I make my own Privacy code (Interference prevention code), and channels? What I am ...
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Easy way for an uncertified hiker to broadcast a distress signal

I am wondering whether shortwave can be used as an effective distress call for a hiker who is a non-ham operator. More specifically, Are non-certified operators permitted to broadcast distress calls ...
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Max legal power with nearly zero BW

I'm developing a type of ground penetrating radar that does not use pulses. It's extremely narrow bandwidth. As narrow as a good crystal can get it. The frequency I'm shooting for initially is ...
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TXing on another frequency to provide aid in anothers' emergency

By the FCC rules, if you are in an emergency situation and it's your best chance at survival, you're allowed to TX on any frequency. But what if you're hiking and are monitoring the Search & ...
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GMRS Call Sign for Technician

I have a GMRS License and currently studying for my Technician’s License. Once I pass the exam, can I use my GMRS “Call Sign?”
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What frequencies in 118–173 MHz can I transmit on without a license in Canada?

I have a Kenwood TM-261. It has the frequencies from 118 to 173 MHz. What frequencies can I transmit on without a licence?
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Is it legal to operate Ham Radios for educational purposes

I'm a student and new to amateur radios. Is it legal to operate ham radios for educational purposes without any license?
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Sending a downloaded file on digital: third party communication?

This came up in comments on this question. Since before the Internet was widely available, it's been common to pass along files received from other users or downloaded from a server somewhere. For ...
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What to do when accidental emission can't be given a call sign ID?

Yes, obviously, it would be best if there's not an emission that doesn't include a call sign ID. Part 97 seems to say this should never, ever occur (the law is often written in that kind of black-and-...
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Will Brexit have any impact on UK recognition of foreign licenses

As a US license holder (and duel citizen of the US and UK) I know that I can operate in the UK for a couple of months using the M/W2*** prefix, while holding Amateur Extra, but I cannot apply for a UK ...
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Sharing radios with other people

I am thinking about getting my technician license. Recently, I saw a video from ARRL which said "Ham's also provide communication for events." with a picture of a marathon. My question is ...
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What kind of ham radio license should I get?

I have an interest in studying and researching how radio technology can be used in other fields of electronics. What kind of license should I look into so I can carry out some experiments or research? ...
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Why are no 2w FRS walkie talkies on the market?

I have read that the new laws regarding FRS radios state that you may use up to 2 watts power, yet I can't find a single 2 way radio that advertises 2 watts power; only .5 watt, or they don't state ...
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How is the PRC-152 able to achieve such a wide frequency range?

I am referring to the Harris Falcon III designed for military. It has a frequency range from 30MHz - 870MHz. However, when I look at commercial radios, their frequency ranges are usually limited to ...
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V/U Packet Rate Limits

I'm studying for the General exam and I've encountered some questions about maximum baud rates on various bands. They seem... extremely optimistic. Given the trouble I've had investigating 9600 baud ...
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Remote base identification

I have a remote base where stations can log in with DTMF touch pad. Does this remote base transmitter need to send out a CW ID?
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VTS messages vs AIS

When arriving in a port, complementary to her AIS signal (encoded VHF message) it seems that the vessel also has to emit a voice message on a predifined VHF frequency to identify herself as part of ...
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Why are many FHSS / DSSS transcievers limited to 63 mW?

While researching a DIY digital video streaming solution for an outdoor quad-rotor project, I've noticed that a lot of the popular digital transceivers seem to be limited to 63mW transmit power: http:...
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Anytone 878 UV Commercial license?

This radio has a commercial mode but no where that I can find does it describe which commercial license. Looking at the tag under the battery... FCC ID T4KD887UV https://fccid.io/T4KD878UV ...so part ...
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When are licenses required for 900 MHz operation in the US? When are they not required?

Forgive me if this is not the proper forum, but I am an electrical engineer and a total radio novice. I am designing a product that may contain off-the-shelf industrial radios that act as repeater ...
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How can a ham from a non-CEPT country operate in Canada?

Long time maritime operator now semi-retired and messin' about with radios. Family in NL and want to bring my little QRP 40-meter rig this summer. I'd like to operate in Canada, specifically VO1 while ...
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Limit of transmission in GSM 1800 band

What is the limit of a transmitter in the GSM1800 band (~1830 MHz)? The ETSI GSM specification states a limit of -47dBm between 1GHz and 12.75GHz (https://www.etsi.org/deliver/etsi_gts/05/0505/05.00....
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What is the minimum legal requirement for logbook keeping in Ireland?

The question came up during a club event, and obviously we checked the regulations. references: "Amateur Station Licence Guidelines" page 22 From this document the details in regards to required ...
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Clarification: What are Fixed and Mobile services intended for in frequency allocation documentation?

Question Does a band allocation to "Amateur", "Fixed", and "Mobile" mean that it's for amateur radio use by fixed and mobile services, or does it mean that all these services are separate but equal? ...
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Would I be able to legally operate this FM transmitter without a license in Canada?

I've been looking into FM transmitters, and I've found one that I think I may use. The transmitter is based off of the KT0803L integrated circuit (http://radio-z.ucoz.lv/kt_0803/KT0803L_V1.3.pdf). The ...
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UK Intermediate training a not qualified newbie

I'm 99.9% certain that this will be OK, but independent verification would be reassuring. I am an "Intermediate" licence holder in the UK. This means that I am authorised to design and build my own ...
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what frequencies can i transmit on without a license in NM? [duplicate]

thanks for the answer i love ham radios.
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Are there restrictions placed on transmissions in licensed spectrum in the United States?

If I obtain a license to a chunk of spectrum, are there any limitations on what I can do in that spectrum? For example, would I need to declare to the FCC my intentions for using the spectrum (e.g. ...
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Where can I find a table listing the maximum PEP per band?

I'm building myself an Excel Cheat Sheet.
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Legality of relay through a scanner in the US

I would like to know if it's ok to transmit amateur radio frequencies via my HT through a Bearcat police scanner to someone that has an FRS radio, and in turn they respond on their FRS radio which my ...
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Can you use 144mhz and below without a license with a Baofeng

I have a Baofeng and all the people that I have asked said that I can use 144mhz and below without a license but what I see on the internet is that I can’t use the Baofeng without a license at all can ...
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Bf-f8hp radios and no idea what I'm doing

My brother just bought me and himself a set of bf-f8hp radios for setting up two way communication while we are on long motorcycle trips. Now, this radio seems like overkill and I don't want to meet ...
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Should I have a license for APRS on my company car fleet

I am thinking to equip every car in my company with APRS tracking device from amazon. I would like ask if I have to have a HAM license for it. If yes, than for which person — I am not driving those ...
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Amateur wanting to re-enter ham radio legally

I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast from way back; mostly CB and 10 meters. I have a couple of hand-held Baofengs that I want to use for family communications and as a backup link in case of emergencies. ...
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is fm transmitters legal in japan

I was wondering what the laws are in Japan concerning FM Transmitters. I recently purchased one of eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/401047827071) I don't have a license or anything so I would like to ...