• Effective immediately we will be deleting, without notice, any negative threads or posts that deal with the use of encryption and streaming of scanner audio.

    We've noticed a huge increase in rants and negative posts that revolve around agencies going to encryption due to the broadcasting of scanner audio on the internet. It's now worn out and continues to be the same recycled rants. These rants hijack the threads and derail the conversation. They no longer have a place anywhere on this forum other than in the designated threads in the Rants forum in the Tavern.

    If you violate these guidelines your post will be deleted without notice and an infraction will be issued. We are not against discussion of this issue. You just need to do it in the right place. For example:
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New 2017 "handsfree" law

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Bill Text - AB-1785 Vehicles: use of wireless electronic devices.

Reading this, it seems to apply to "specialized mobile radio" as well as phones. SMR means two way radios. There is a "one tap" exemption though for mounted devices, so maybe PTT press is considered a touch...but what about scanners? Is a receive only device considered a communications device? If I need to change scanner channels with more than one press, can an unfriendly cop issue a citation?

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