Where I share smaller thoughts, family events, and sometimes live blog weather events in Northern Lower Michigan.
24 August 2012
Radio scanners not needed...does the law know that?
by Hammer51012 Creative Commons license
On my way home from the Fair tonight, I was walking down the street and was passed by one of the fire trucks, on their way to a fire or something. It used to be times like this, that I would wish for my scanner. However, I pulled out my phone, and began to listen to the app on my phone that streams a scanner for the local area, including the digital 800MHz. So, that go me wondering. Michigan is one of those states, that has a "scanner" law. That is you can't have a scanner actively monitoring in your car, unless you are a licensed Amateur Radio Operator. In this case, I am and I was walking, but I thought, so if I'm listening in my car, and I don't have a license, am I breaking a law? Technically, my phone isn't a scanner, and neither is the app. It is streaming from somewhere else. I don't think we need a new law, we should probably chuck the old one, because, does it really matter?