Bringing radio scanner to the UK.

  wmoore 00:14 16 Nov 2007


We are moving to the UK in Jan 08. I would like to bring my Radio Scanner with me. Are there any problems with bring scanners into the UK from Overseas ?

  GANDALF <|:-)> 00:19 16 Nov 2007

You are not supposed to listen to Plod but hey ho!


  octal 07:41 16 Nov 2007

In answer to your question, no there isn't a problem. They are freely available for sale in this country.

  Stuartli 13:55 16 Nov 2007

It's very unlikely that you will be able to listen to Plod now - it's all, as far as I'm aware, using digital transmissions.

I often used to listen to the police and ambulance transmissions on FM (as a then journalist I picked up many a good story as a result), but it all came to an end a few years ago.

  octal 14:16 16 Nov 2007

It's not digital, it's a frequency hopping technique so you would only get a few words before another station would use the same frequency, meanwhile the original has pushed off elsewhere. All controlled by a separate encrypted digital frequency that all the radios listen to, to keep in sync. All very clever so they can use current radio technology with a slight modification. So anyone listening would get a cacophony of short transmittions, certainly not enough to follow the thread of a conversation.

  Stuartli 16:00 16 Nov 2007

Thanks for that - it resulted in the following links coming up:

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  johndrew 16:32 16 Nov 2007

Commonly referred to as agile transmissions I believe. Originally developed for military use and now fairly common in many areas where `secure` communications are desirable.

  octal 17:27 16 Nov 2007

You are quite right, although the military use a slightly different system called spread spectrum where the signal is digitised and each packet is is sent on a different frequency using a wide band, which to anyone listening would be totally random unless you were sync with each transceiver. Listening on a normal receiver you would never know there was a transmission there, all you would apparently hear would be an occasional click or buzz which you would put down to interference. It makes it very difficult to jam using Electronic Counter Measures, because if you try you end up blocking your own communications :D

There is an interesting article somewhere about it, I might have it still in my Bookmarks, otherwise I'll see if I can find it.

  octal 17:31 16 Nov 2007

It's not the article I was after, but this gives some interesting info on the difference between frequency hopping and spread spectrum.

click here

  Diemmess 17:51 16 Nov 2007

Amazing what a scanner USED to offer.

Early FM days:
Police at one end of the domestic spectrum-
A gem I heard was a (then PCW) asking for assistance. She was in Oldmarket (nearby city) and the "gear lever thing had come off in her hand".
Mobiles: There seemed to be a host of disloyal husbands phoning to say they would be late home and then almost without pause ringing their paramour to arrange their hotel.
Business magnates discussing what to do about junior staff or busines deals that day!

Air traffic:

Civilian AT control still provides some interest from time to time.
Long past memory of a crude airband set - A quote on a company frequency (definately not for cabin ears) "- with all the snags we have, if we ever get in to Gibralter we'll never get out again!"

There are others from the past but I'd better keep those to myself.

  wmoore 20:57 16 Nov 2007

for the replies.

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