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« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2020, 01:26:51 PM »

When Radio Shack was closing these two guys came in while I was in the store shopping. I overheard their conversation. They were looking for a scanner, to gather social security numbers. Many police departments will run SS numbers when they make traffic stop when they suspect the person has outstanding warrants. If I ever get stopped and asked for mine Id definitely refuse and mention their broadcasting of such info.

Some of the police seem ignorant to the fact that people do listen.

Here the police use the in-car computer for that, which means nothing today.
There is no 'routine' reason to give the police the SS number. One has the state issues photo ID which is enough.
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« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2020, 01:50:03 PM »

 Turned on  the IC-7100 while cruising around in the mobile last night around 1900 Eastern time and the radio was blasting the The Beach Boys Fun, Fun, Fun on 3885 from somewhere.  Several other classic 60s cuts followed. Lasted about 20 minutes after I first heard it, not sure how long it had gone on before that.

Fun is fun, but in this day and age when the SDR networks make DFing by anyone who knows how to do it, its pretty risky, I would think, to do stuff like that.  Wont be much fun when Daddy FCC takes the license away!

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« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2020, 02:24:59 PM »

It gets even scarier when one recognizes that there are networks out there that are much more  capable than the Kiwi network, and that the data are stored on big honking drives for later review.  The only thing that saves folks from being bagged is that the FCC has more important things to do and not much time to do it with.  But if a situation becomes chronic or notorious it's much easier than in the old days when the radio cars had to run patterns locally.
The good old days of horsing around on the air are behind us, for better or worse.
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« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2020, 05:17:28 PM »

One NYC pirate about 20 miles away placed themselves on our 96.7 frequency ...

They ended up moving to 96.5 and had to get new banners for their studio (they streamed a live studio cam on the net) and the logo repainted on their van.

I small thread hijack, sorry.

I don't think any commercial (legal) FM stations occupy adjacent channels in the same area. If there's a station at 88.1, then 88.3 will be unused, etc.

Does anyone know why?

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« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2020, 05:29:10 PM »

Indeed. On a similar subject...

One of the most shocking "heads up" I've ever seen was about 15 years years ago when a ham friend stopped by with a handheld "cell phone enabled" scanner.  He had modified his scanner to pick up cell phone calls and demonstrated it. He said it was a simple mod.

Doesn't seem like it would be simple for a scanner: there are several different standards, and the cellphones are often moving from cell-to-cell, so any scanner would have to deal with CDMA, TDMA, and GSM, and also have a  capability to follow a specific IMEI, in order to be usable.

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