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Old 12-01-2010, 04:46 PM
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i was curious if anyone has a mobile police scanner in their truck? the ones i was looking at it seemed that it had CB radio cabalities as well as the ability to monitor police/fire/ emergency channels. is that true or does it just allow you to listen. would you have to have a separate CB to talk?
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:53 PM
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in most states its illegal to monitor police frequencies
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In many states it is illegal to monitor without a permit in a moving vehicle. Unless you are an emergency services worker yourself.

As to radios that can transmit and receive on police band. Most are Amatuer radios that allow you to transmit in the HAM bands. But only listen to police bands.

You also have to have an FCC license for those if you arent an emergency services member
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:15 PM
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ok, thanks
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yea you dont want one...my work truck has a FD one and it stays off most of the time.
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:22 PM
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on the ones that can do CB and use as a scanner you cant talk on the fire/police/emergency lines only on the cb lines i have a uniden bear cat in my truck along with a cobra CB i love them they are pretty entertaining on rides and not illegal in my state
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In many states it is illegal to monitor without a permit in a moving vehicle. Unless you are an emergency services worker yourself.

As to radios that can transmit and receive on police band. Most are Amatuer radios that allow you to transmit in the HAM bands. But only listen to police bands.

You also have to have an FCC license for those if you arent an emergency services member

I can only find about 5 states that absolutely ban mobile scanners. Here in Washington you can't use it for personal gain (cab driver listening to another dispatch to steal customers).
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it depends on where you live and what system you use. Some Depts still use regular simplex channels that a 100 radio shack scanner will pick up. Some depts use trunking radios. This is fully digital and you will need a trunking scanner to pick it up. That'll be 200+ A good scanner will pick up CB channels. We have a scanner in our command vehicle. It works well. Our Fire/Police/EMS all use digital trunking. Uniden | A World Without Wires - BCD996T
PM me if you need help because i know about this stuff. I'm from Nj and unless you use the scanner to evade the police (then its an accessory to a crime) its perfectly legal to listen to the fuzz
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Its legal to have blue lights on personal vehicles in NJ?
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:05 PM
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nope. Im a volunteer firefighter. We are allowed to have blue lights as long as we have a permit
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