Re: Can anyone about laws on scanner

Stephen Krug

 Did you know that if you use a scanner app on your cell phone to listen to scanner feeds your cell phone is considered a scanner under the law.

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-------- Original message --------
From: Tim Ferguson <tferg53@...>
Date: 6/10/20 10:09 PM (GMT-06:00)
Subject: Re: [Uniden] Can anyone about laws on scanner

So the people that provide scanner feeds via the Internet can be held responsible, too, if their feed was used by a criminal committing a crime to monitor where the police are while committing the crime?

Tim Ferguson

On Jun 10, 2020, at 6:29 PM, Stephen Krug <skrug4@...> wrote:

Here is what I found:

Scanners are legal to use anywhere in the state of Illinois. ... Per federal law, it is illegal everywhere in the U.S. to intentionally monitor pagers, phone communications of any type, or to unscramble any encrypted communications.Nov 22, 2008

§ 8-4-059. Possession of scanners illegal.  

Latest version.
  • (a)   Whenever used in this section, the word “scanner” means a radio set or apparatus (1) capable of receiving, transmitting, or both receiving and transmitting radio messages or signals within the wavelength or channel now or hereafter assigned by the Federal Communications Commission or its successor for use by law enforcement agencies; or (2) that may intercept or interfere with the transmission or reception of radio messages or signals by the department of police.

    (b)   No person shall use a scanner in such a way as to interfere with messages transmitted or received by the department of police. No person shall use a scanner to aid or abet the performance of any act in violation of any law or ordinance. The use of a scanner to aid or abet any illegal act shall be an offense separate and distinct from such illegal act.

    (c)   Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200.00 and not more than $500.00.

(Added Coun. J. 7-14-93, p. 35538)

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 6:19:26 PM CDT, Tim Ferguson <tferg53@...> wrote:

Please don’t sigh, Joe, I have A.D.D., and often miss pertinent information that others already know, from keeping up with what has already been said.  My apologies for making you go out of your way....:-)

Tim Ferguson

> On Jun 10, 2020, at 5:32 PM, Joe M. <mch@...> wrote:
> (sigh)....
> <<>>
> That has info on ALL 50 states.
> I can't say it's 100% current, but it will
> give you a good place to start your research.
> Joe M.
>> On 6/10/2020 2:46 PM, Tim Ferguson wrote:
>> Does anyone know about any laws pertaining to scanners in Illinois?
>> Tim Ferguson
>>> On Jun 10, 2020, at 1:38 PM, Teton Amateur Radio Repeater Association
>>> (TARRA) <tarra@...> wrote:
>>> Looks rather out of
>>> date. I'm also sure that using a radio to receive police
>>> communications while committing a crime isn't going to be good for you
>>> anywhere.
>>> Many, many years ago when I worked in television (engineering but
>>> helped with news) in Indiana, one morning on the way into work I heard
>>> of an accident ahead on my normal route. I started going a different
>>> route to bypass the accident. Then I heard a call for jumper cables
>>> because they had a car stalled at the accident scene making another
>>> problem. The only officer who had jumper cables was on the other end
>>> of the county. So I showed up. I got out of my car and said I had
>>> jumper cables. The officer said great, but how did you know we needed
>>> jumper cables? I said I heard it on my scanner. He looked at my Ohio
>>> license plate (I lived in Ohio) and he said you know it is illegal to
>>> have a scanner in your car in Indiana? I said yes, I know that. I told
>>> him which station I worked for and said I would be glad to show you my
>>> media pass and scanner permit or we can just jump the car and get it
>>> out of the way. He said lets just jump the car and get it out of the
>>> way. Good choice, so that was what we did. I always figured that he
>>> probably thought since I knew what I needed to have and was willing to
>>> show them that is wasn't worth the time to look.
>>> Mick
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Bernard Skoch via"
>>> To: "" , ""
>>> Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:27:45 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [Uniden] Can anyone about laws on scanner
>>> > Can't vouch for accuracy, but here's a compilation of state laws.
>>> >
>>> > And here is Kentucky's statute:
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > Here is the only verbiage I can find that references hams:
>>> > Nothing contained in this section shall prohibit the possession
>>> > of a radio by:
>>> >
>>> > (a) An individual who is a retailer or wholesaler and in the
>>> > ordinary course of his business offers such radios for sale
>>> > or resale;
>>> >
>>> > (b) A commercial or educational radio or television station,
>>> > licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, at its
>>> > place of business; or
>>> >
>>> > (c) An individual who possesses such a radio, provided it is
>>> > capable of receiving radio transmissions only and is not
>>> > capable of sending or transmitting radio messages, at his
>>> > place of residence; licensed commercial auto towing trucks;
>>> > newspaper reporters and photographers; emergency management
>>> > agency personnel authorized in writing by the director of
>>> > the division of emergency management (for state personnel)
>>> > or chief executive of the city or county (for their
>>> > respective personnel); a person holding a valid license
>>> > issued by the Federal Communications Commission in the
>>> > amateur radio service; peace officers authorized in writing
>>> > by the head of their law enforcement agency, Commonwealth's
>>> > attorneys and their assistants, county attorneys and their
>>> > assistants, except that it shall be unlawful to use such
>>> > radio to facilitate any criminal activity or to avoid
>>> > apprehension by law enforcement officers. Violation of this
>>> > section shall, in addition to any other penalty prescribed
>>> > by law, result in a forfeiture to the local law enforcement
>>> > agency of such radio.
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > -----Original Message-----
>>> > From: John Lewis via
>>> > To:
>>> > Sent: Wed, Jun 10, 2020 11:47 am
>>> > Subject: [Uniden] Can anyone about laws on scanner
>>> >
>>> > I live in Kentucky I'm ham  Operator weather have scanner in my vehicle
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >
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