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Old 11-22-2005, 4:38 PM
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I want to set up a live broadcast of our local Helena, MT police scanner online. Does anyone out there have experience doing this? What is the best scanner to use? What hurdles did you have? What in the setup process would you strongly recommend I do? don't do? I would appreciate any insight. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-22-2005, 5:57 PM
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It's easy to broadcast. Use any scanner you want that has a headphone output.

Go to www.incidentbroadcast.com

I have a live feed for Richmond, Va. Area Police.

Do it ><

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Old 11-22-2005, 7:54 PM
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They use teamspeak? Interesting.
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Old 11-22-2005, 8:20 PM
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Here is a very good tutorial on setting up a feed using Icecast.
http://scancapecod.us/xoops/modules/...ndex.php?id=16

They also tell you how to add alpha tags to your feed... which I think is a must :-)

Another good website (and free software solution) is
http://www.webdingers.com/scanner.html
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Old 11-24-2005, 11:24 AM
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I still think we need a special topic in the forums about this!
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Old 11-26-2005, 5:57 PM
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Since I'm new to the hobby, is it not illegal to rebroadcast the transmissions?
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Old 11-26-2005, 6:48 PM
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Not that I know of.....There are so many out there I would guess not..

I use Windows Media Encoder 9 for my feed and it works quite well. You can't stream alpha tags but I'm not using a uniden scanner so it doesn't matter. There's a tutorial at http://www.knology.net/res0plht/Medi..._launcher.html for using the encoder. I believe matthewtomek is using WMEncoder also??
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Old 11-26-2005, 8:03 PM
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i hated wme9 and cant find wme7.1 anymore was good to put my tags up on it.huge resource hog though. i run my feed on shoutcast.
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I've tried shoutcast but I was running video with the feed of the scanner display and I don't know how to do that with shoutcast. Video is down right now till I get some different webcam drivers that won't crash my computer.
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Old 11-26-2005, 8:18 PM
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Since I'm new to the hobby, is it not illegal to rebroadcast the transmissions?
It's in direct violation of section 604 of the communications act but, due to the fact that the FCC never enforces it, as it pertains to live scanners on the internet, they may have lost the right to prosecute. (IANAL, yada , yada.)

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Not that I know of.....There are so many out there I would guess not..

I use Windows Media Encoder 9 for my feed and it works quite well. You can't stream alpha tags but I'm not using a uniden scanner so it doesn't matter. There's a tutorial at http://www.knology.net/res0plht/Medi..._launcher.html for using the encoder. I believe matthewtomek is using WMEncoder also??

Yeah, I'm using WME v9 as well. I don't have a problem with the software, I like it. The only problem I run into every now and then, it takes the feed a while to buffer when you try to listen to it.
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I had thought about doing that for my area. just dident know how.
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Old 11-28-2005, 7:16 AM
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Hi all,

"Since I'm new to the hobby, is it not illegal to rebroadcast the transmissions?"

We can go on forever with all the conjecture. I have an idea but getting an answer may take time, I'll ask Riley Hollingsworth, Chief Council of the FCC Enforcement Bureau.
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Old 11-29-2005, 9:35 PM
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I'll ask Riley Hollingsworth, Chief Council of the FCC Enforcement Bureau.
I'm not quite certain that you'll get a definite "maybe".
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I been all over this site, looking for the answer if its legal to stream a live non encrypted police channel with my scanner online in Canada, but all i see is people saying yes and others saying no, in a circle around and around they go, with bits and pieces of legal jargon, supporting both sides, you would think this site could provide a definite yes or no answer, Im sure this site has figured out the legal aspects of this question, so please someone here, an owner whoever, please give us a straight yes or no answer
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Nice thread revival

The owner is in America, and is not an expert on Canadian law.

The answer if you're worried about legality is -- "broadcast it anonymously"
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rdale, its actually on my website, which is a free website, i'm not making money or benefiting from the site, and in order to hear the scanner online you must sign in, so from what your saying I have to pull the plug on it, also i was going to provide a feed to this site, but that wouldn't be anonymous either, so I won't be doing that as well. Would like to hear this confirmed from an official on here.

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so from what your saying I have to pull the plug on it
Not what I said at all. If you want to be 100% sure you have no legal issues, you would. If 99% is good enough, then keep it going.

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Again I want to clear up any confusion... The officials from the Canadian government are not on this forum. If you want a legal yes/no you would need to contact them along with a lawyer.
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.... and, keep in mind that all of the feeds on this site have a delay from when the transmission actually occurred on the scanner broadcasting it.

I am quite positive that this delay helps eliminate many legal issues for everyone involved in the broadcast of such transmissions.


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