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motorola xts?

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mikewazowski

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I've moved your thread to the Motorola forum since it's not a Regional question.

Good luck with your question. Asking a legal question on the Internet will get you lots of answers. Some wrong, some right.
 

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I just looked at your frequencies on the database. If you wanted to listen to PD/Fire and EMS, you'd need 2 radios. Also I believe your police is on a Trunked System. It'd be Cheaper, and easier to just get a Digital Scanner.

But to answer your question, if it is conventional it is legal to listen to. If it's on a trunking system, and you don't have permission to be on the trunking network, they'll most likely kill your radio to boot you off the system, and then you'll have a brick. Which I guess you can say it's not illegal, but they'll just end up kicking you off the network.
 

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If you have to ask about programming a Motorola radio for LE frequencies (even for rx only), you should be buying a scanner. Please, if you don't know what you're doing use a scanner. Anything above conventional rx and you run the risk of putting lives in danger.
 

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Laws vary from State to State. In Texas, it appears to be yes. If you should travel to Kentucky, no.
 

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Which I guess you can say it's not illegal, but they'll just end up kicking you off the network.
Lessee here, you programmed that trunked radio system into your XTS and the moment it transmits (it will do this to affiliating with the trunked radio system) you have done the following:

1. Accessing a network without permission... maybe hit him with the CFAA?
2. Transmitting without a license... The FCC may be interested in that one.
3. Interfering with Police/Fire/EMS communications... probably state and federal laws against that.

So, point is, once it transmits, you have committed multiple felonies and rules violations. With a scanner theres no question that none of this will happen. Your call.

And to head off the "theres a way to program it not to that on p25.ca crowd": I have noticed that many people have gone through this process and ended up affiliating with the TRS anyways. Obviously its possible to mess up and hose yourself.
 

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can it be done. Yes, by someone who is extremely well versed in that programming. Other than that dont even risk it.
 
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