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Emergency Services scanning right on your desktop.

By canbruzhero - 12 October 2009 11

Hey riot act, first time poster, long time reader.

I came across this site today, http://www.scanact.net/ 

Have a listen in for those who haven’t seen it (http://www.scanact.net/scan/scan.pls), basically I’m asking about its legality? Should I NOT be listened to this? Because I have done some research and I read that…

Taken from www.alphalink.com.au/~parkerp/scan.htm

Contrary to widespread belief, scanning is perfectly legal. However, you should not use information obtained from listening for commercial gain or criminal activity. Monitoring phone conversations on your scanner is also forbidden. Apart from that, you can pretty well scan as you please, though discretion is advised when using scanners in public. For instance, being an ‘ambulance chaser’ and fronting up at accident scenes, hindering emergency services is an extremely silly thing to do. Genuine scanner enthusiasts don’t want to give politicians an excuse to ban or restrict the hobby, as has occurred in other countries.

Sorry if this has been discussed.

What’s Your opinion?


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Emergency Services scanning right on your desktop.
scanACT 6:23 pm 07 May 12

p1 said :

Hey, scanACT, thanks for your hard work and the service your website(s) give the community. I have using thing the scanner feed for years.

Thank you p1, hope you are enjoying the new site (work in progress) and live stream. Completed a huge upgrade last weekend, replaced the old coax with some heavy duty stuff and moved the antenna closer to the sun 😉

Regards
Chris…

p1 9:22 am 07 May 12

Hey, scanACT, thanks for your hard work and the service your website(s) give the community. I have using thing the scanner feed for years.

scanACT 9:24 pm 06 May 12

Sandman said :

Don’t even need a scanner or desktop either. There’s an app for I-devices ( not sure about android) called 5-0 Radio which has feeds for a lot of worldwide emergency services networks.

Yes there are lots of apps available both IOS and Android, scanner hobbyists like myself supply the feeds or URL of the live feed to them 🙂

scanACT 9:21 pm 06 May 12

Myles Peterson said :

FYI: There is no monitoring of ACT Police, Urban Fire Brigade or Ambos as they use MDT’s and encrypted voice channels.

Not true, ACTPol are easily cracked. Just takes some research and, if you want ezmode, a piece of hardware that’s as difficult to import as an “illegal” copy of Mortal Kombat.

Cracking Encrypted Digital has been talked about for years, but I have not seen or heard anyone being successful 😉

Myles Peterson 10:50 pm 04 May 12

FYI: There is no monitoring of ACT Police, Urban Fire Brigade or Ambos as they use MDT’s and encrypted voice channels.

Not true, ACTPol are easily cracked. Just takes some research and, if you want ezmode, a piece of hardware that’s as difficult to import as an “illegal” copy of Mortal Kombat.

Sandman 10:24 pm 04 May 12

Don’t even need a scanner or desktop either. There’s an app for I-devices ( not sure about android) called 5-0 Radio which has feeds for a lot of worldwide emergency services networks.

scanACT 9:57 pm 04 May 12

Scanning is still legal and my online scanner is still online, have been broadcasting since 2003. We are using 2 scanners at the moment. Online to the world is the digital scanner as most ACT Government departments have migrated across. The government departments still on the 400Mhz (analog) assignments have to migrate across to the GRN (Government Radio Network) or TRN (Trunked Radio Network) by Dec2018. Drop by and have a listen and while your their check out my weather station as well.

FYI: There is no monitoring of ACT Police, Urban Fire Brigade or Ambos as they use MDT’s and encrypted voice channels.

Scanner: http://scanact.net
Weather: http://belconnenweather.net

Cheers…

Rawhide Kid No 2 5:55 pm 13 Oct 09

ACT ESA are now rebroadcasting their radio transmissions from the TRN Digital to their old VHF analog bushfire Channel during the Bushfire Season. Most of the radio traffic is one sided and is only RFS & SES base calls. The units in the field cannot be heard, only the base. The idea of this is to help the public be more aware of any Bushfire threats within the area and be able to take appropriate action. You will be able to get localized up to date weather reports and local fire reports. The rebroadcasting is mainly aimed at providing information to farmers in the surrounding district who are equipped with the right radio or scanner receiver..

Br1anL 10:42 am 13 Oct 09

I suspect that what you will find it that this is just the south coast Police, which includes Queanbeyan, as they are still on the old analogue systems. The ACT has moved to digital signals which are scrambled so you wont hear them. Many areas still havent moved over to digital though including the regions north and south of Sydney. The Greater Sydney region has.

TP 3000 9:36 pm 12 Oct 09

It should be all right if you just listen & not act. But them it depends if you know anyone in that profession. As you don’t want to hear over the radio that a family member has carked it. But you would prefer to have the knock on the door by the Police & be given the professional response. Of course for the reason that the public scan radios different codes are used.
I’ve listened to it a few times & from what I have heard it is just from Queanbeyan Police. ACT ESA radios have some jibberish on them that is meant to stop scanners, but no idea if it works.

bd84 9:21 pm 12 Oct 09

It’s not illegal, they’re all free to air. All you need is a scanner really. There used to be a website that broadcast the radio of the police in Sydney, which was quite interesting and more reliable stream than that site. I believe most forces have taken steps to changing to digital encripted signals to stop people listening in (not surprising really), but I don’t think many if any have actually changed.

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