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Old 04-09-2018, 12:02 AM
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So I will be traveling to Nevada and spending some time on BLM land. I checked Nevada law which seems to indicate it will not be a problem, But I did not even consider the Federal aspect considering that I will be on BLM land. I could not find anything on the BLM site. Does anyone know if I will have any trouble carrying a scanner on BLM land? A link to the law allowing for it would be nice. I always like to print that kind of thing out and bring it with me. I will also be traveling with Amateur Radio Gear as I am an Amateur Radio Operator. I really don't think it will be a problem but I want to be sure?
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Old 04-09-2018, 12:27 AM
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Laws generally tell you what you can't do, rather than telling you what you can do.
So if you can't find anything about scanning. Then it is legal.
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Old 04-09-2018, 12:42 AM
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Just don't transmit with your Baofeng on the BLM repeaters and no one will bother you. There are no radio restrictions in Nevada.
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Never had an issue with BLM.

It's rare you'll run into a BLM ranger, they are usually stretched pretty thin, especially in Nevada where they have some huge areas to cover. I think in 30 years of messing around on California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico BLM areas, I've only talked to a BLM ranger twice, and it was the same guy both times.

Every time I had a radio in the truck, CB, amateur radio, commercial radio, scanner, mobile, hand held, etc. They didn't care. Usually they are pretty friendly and will talk a bit. They've got bigger issues to deal with. Some people use BLM land as dumping grounds. Some areas are used heavily for target shooting and some people will leave a lot of garbage on the ranges.

I've never seen anything about scanners/radios on any of the BLM websites.

Your best bet would be to call the BLM office for the district you will be in and ask to speak to a law enforcement ranger. Ask them directly if you are concerned. You can also e-mail them and get it in writing.
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Chances are BLM land has systems that scanner can not code
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BLM in Nevada is using some P25 but mostly all other comms are in analog. During Burningman, BLM and other agencies are P25 with AES256 encryption.
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The BLM law enforcement rangers went encrypted in Arizona some time ago. At least in the Phoenix district, but I would have to assume statewide. I used to listen to them regularly.

As long as you're not using your radios to facilitate some criminal activity, you shouldn't have any problems having them with you.

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I figured it would not be a problem. I just wanted to be sure since i have never spent time on BLM land before. Thank You all for the info
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I figured it would not be a problem. I just wanted to be sure since i have never spent time on BLM land before. Thank You all for the info
Being federal land, anything that is not a BLM regulation, would be part of Title 18 of the CFR.

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Chances are BLM land has systems that scanner can not code
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Some of them (including here in NV) have mobile satellite service terminals in vehicles & satphones as well as Mobile Data Computers & normal PCS cellphones, but their P-25 & analog land mobile radio systems in normal, daily use here aren't encrypted.
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