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Old 08 January 2004, 13:15   #11
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David im mean sorry about that
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Old 08 January 2004, 13:36   #12
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illegal

I dont accecpt it is illegal and as for listening to other conversations why do they fit a scan button.I do accecpt that authourisation is required from Icoms point of view before they will enable said channels, 31 is an RNLI channel reserved by the Instituation however they are not a legal body who police it, after all they are requested to launch by the CG, but if the radio can work both 0 and 31 there will be a way of getting the set to see them, possibly without software but that I am not sure of, if you knew your stuff you would be able to set the radio to work these channels, my VHF licence makes no reference to 0 and 31 and I guarantee it can be done by taking the set apart.
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Old 08 January 2004, 15:20   #13
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we have had a couple of Icom handhelds and a fixed set zeroed and/or thirtyoned in the past as we have both coastguard and lifeboat crew here. Piece of cake for authorised distributor and dead quick. Watched the fixed set done, simply plug computer into the speaker (i think) orifice on back of fixed set and then configure on the computer screen. Cost next to nothing to have done and Icom e-mailed the software to him for the particular set whilst I was there. Needed the letter of authorisation before he'd do it though.
Zero and thirty one are private channels so would not be covered by a standard ships radio licence.
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Old 08 January 2004, 16:38   #14
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you could be right there as you can legally listen in to the police channels but is illegal to use the information from it.Be interesting to see what Daniel finds out from CG
I think that you will find that it is illegal even to listen to police or other emergency transmissions as these as specified as private channels. I know of several people who have been nicked when found with scanners in their cars even though their main use was listening to aircraft frequencies but they had police channels set in the units memory. Very twitchy since 9/11.

Will ask local friendly PC when I next see him. Will also check at LBS regarding Ch 0 &31
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Old 12 January 2004, 14:57   #15
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I've had an email from Ofcom - to summarise;


Channel 0 is not in fact a Maritime Channel. It is a Land Mobile Radio Channel that has been made available for the use of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency for its use during Search and Rescue operations. It is illegal to transmit or receive on channel 0 - see below.


It is an offence to listen to radio services, unless meant for general reception, if you are not authorised by a designated person to do so.

For more information click here
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Old 12 January 2004, 15:37   #16
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Thanks for that it sums it up quite well
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Old 13 January 2004, 03:20   #17
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Thanks Daniel
That now raises another question which I don't expect to be answered, is why do they allow scanners!?
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I thought it only became an offence under the wireless telegraphy act if you made use of the information that you received or re-broadcast it to another?????
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