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Scanners in your plow trucks

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by dmjr77, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. dmjr77

    dmjr77 Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    How many of you have scanners in your plow trucks? I have a uniden hand held unit with a external antenna. I like to listen to the town higway department (can very comicical during a big snow storm), fire dispatch, and the police dispatch.
  2. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Carefull that can be illeagal. Just beware of your local laws on this..Rob :nono:
  3. dmjr77

    dmjr77 Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    It is legal to listen to a scanner here in NH. I find it very useful as to where the highway department is plowing
  4. jasf

    jasf Member
    Messages: 63

    Illegal in NY

    Doen't even matter if the police freq. are blocked out. If the unit is capable of recieving those freq. it is illegal. The Fire fighters can't even run them without a permit.
    Back to the original question. When I was plowing I had one. They are great entertainment! Just don't get caught. They take it very serious!
  5. kl0an

    kl0an Senior Member
    Messages: 215

    It's legal in all states if you have an amateur radio license.. :D

    I have a scanner, vhf/hf amateur radio, CB, and am/fm cassette in my rig. Speakers all over so I can figure out which one is talkin..
  6. repo_man62

    repo_man62 Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Bearcat,900mhz,100 channel. Don't miss too much!
  7. repo_man62

    repo_man62 Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    KF4 Zinc Plated Nuts
  8. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    I believe local laws can over ride the amateur license. Its legal to listen to the depts just not when your in your truck..Rob
  9. dmjr77

    dmjr77 Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    I just called a freind of mine and he told me it is legal to carry one here in NH. I know of 10 guys that carry them in their trucks
  10. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

  11. dmjr77

    dmjr77 Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    I did not see anything for New Hampshire on the website
  12. GreatPlains

    GreatPlains Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Another ham radio operator here - Kilowatt zero CKH

    I run with VHF/UHF and HF radios - full coverage. I don't currently have any trunk trackers installed though.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2004
  13. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Well so far I think you could be rite. I havent been able to find anything to say that it isnt ok in NH. I personaly have my ham radio by my side. Not only I can listin but i can particpate in convos in certain bands...Rob aka Kilo brovo 8 whz
  14. qualitylawncare

    qualitylawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    I have a handheld scanner in my truck, but most of the time I just let my pager run and put it on the dispatch channel. I'm a firefighter so use is legal. No police freq's though, just the main fire dispatch and fire operations channels..
  15. dmjr77

    dmjr77 Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    If it was illegal to carry a scanner in a vehicle, I would certainly be the first to know since I know a bunch of police officers.
  16. bugthug

    bugthug Senior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 268

    Radio shack has sold the book of every frequency forever and also they sell scanners.I have had a scanner in my truck for years. I grew up in RI and am now in Pa I have never heard it was illegal
  17. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766


    Rhode Island Scanner Law

    Original source: State of Rhode Island General Laws (online) - 2002
    Title 11 - Criminal Offenses
    Chapter 11-1 - General Provisions
    Section 11-1-11

    11-1-11 Felons Prohibited From Possession Of Radio Scanners.

    No person (1) who has been convicted of a felony violation of Chapter 28 of
    Title 21 involving the illegal manufacture, sale or delivery or possession
    with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a controlled substance
    classified in Schedule I or II, or (2) who has been convicted of a felony
    in violation of Chapter 8 of this Title involving the burglary of or
    breaking and entering of a dwelling house or apartment, whether the house
    or apartment is occupied or not, any business place, or public building,
    with the intent to commit larceny, shall carry, transport, or have in his
    or her possession, or under his or her control outside of his or her own
    home, any operational police radio, police scanner, or any other device
    capable of monitoring police broadcasts. Every person violating the
    provisions of this Section shall, upon conviction, be punished by
    imprisonment for not more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than five
    thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.

    This was taken from :

  18. Midwest BuildIt Inc

    Midwest BuildIt Inc PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,280

    From what ive been told . it is only illegal if your caught using it for a crime or going to the scene of a fire / accident with it. just what ive been told.....
  19. butters

    butters Member
    Messages: 79

    I can't speak for other states, but in Michigan it is illegal even if you are not using it. I have even heard of officers confiscating them.
  20. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    i listen for ha ha's but it being illegal is stupid imo this america free country