Yeah, things are REALLY different over there. Don't get picked up by the Bobbies.You should familiarize yourself with this also: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/ass...7/Guidance-on-Receive-Only-Radio-Scanners.pdf
Interesting information. I had been under the impression that all scanners were prohibited in the UK and having/using one made you essentially an enemy of state.You should familiarize yourself with this also: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/ass...7/Guidance-on-Receive-Only-Radio-Scanners.pdf
If there is something going on that I don't want to be "common spectrum" is when my radios begin displaying ÆS Ø. Seems to be a major difference between the US and UK in that mentality right now.No-one likes their private or business conversations to be listened to.
Parliament has passed these laws to protect the privacy of radio users.
The Point is often a Cellphone (Contract) is much more cheaper than a Radio Licence.While you may find some analog radio traffic, it may not be where you expect. Europe uses some frequencies for two way radio systems that are not used here in the USA. There is stuff up around 70MHz, might try looking there.
The rules are different, too. It's a bit more difficult to get LMR licenses in some European countries, so a lot of business type users either rely on cellular, TETRA or PMR type radios. The European PMR service is a lot like FRS in the USA. Check around 446MHz for that sort of stuff. It'll be short range, but you might pick up something.
The Point is often a Cellphone (Contract) is much more cheaper than a Radio Licence.
In my Case I pay 5€/ Month for 100Min, 100SMS, 2GB who is enough for me.
The most Company who have +50 / +100 Cellphones pay 1€ - 2€ per Simcard, Unlimited Calls on internal Company Number and every Department, Group,... get X000 Minutes for external Calls + X SMS + X MB.
The benefit for Cellphones is Roaming is no problem anymore but here is no "Roaming" for Radios.
When I would use my Radios outside of Austria I had to register it on the Country who will cost... or I have to rent Radio (mostly old Analogue or lowend Digital Radios).
Normaly when I see People with Radio the use Motorola or Hytera Radios for DMR but just a Handfull use encrypt System.
I never would buy an Scanner and use just SDR on a Device who is encrypt (ok its illegal in UK do not give the Key to the officals....)
Here is the U.S., land line telephone is still pretty popular. The cable plants are well built out in most rural areas, so getting a telephone line is pretty easy.What kind of communication the people out there use?
Us is not known for sat phones usage.
Landline? Here you pay per Minute depend peak/ off peak and local and country wide.
If you want here Landline Internet you get a Phone Number to.
Use a Radio System is not so common but more and more Company who do the Security stuff there use Hytera Radios.
oh i found a list which Tetra Radios got certified:
How is the price? Here are 2way Systems from Astra available and the price is just ok.Satellite based internet is available, often they use a dial up line for your outgoing traffic and the satellite TV system for the incoming traffic. Not perfect, but it does allow useable bandwidth just about anywhere.
Here the Cable Company block every Fiber expansion. The Problem every private owned Cable Infrastructure who run truth public space get immediately into the state owned Fon company property. So everyone get screwed up who want build some Fiber/ Phone lines.For the most part, most parts of the country have fiber optic cable somewhere nearby.
Here is the U.S., land line telephone is still pretty popular. The cable plants are well built out in most rural areas, so getting a telephone line is pretty easy.
Costs are low, $30-$50/month. Many services are no charge for use, free long distance in the U.S. low rates everywhere else. International calls are a few cents per minute.
DSL over the phone lines is pretty common. Speeds are limited and distance from the phone company's equipment is limited. It is not available everywhere.
Cable TV systems can carry phone and internet traffic, but their networks are not built out as far as the telephone companies are.
Satellite based internet is available, often they use a dial up line for your outgoing traffic and the satellite TV system for the incoming traffic. Not perfect, but it does allow useable bandwidth just about anywhere.
Many, many years ago there were parts of the country that were served by microwave to a local service point. Parts of the western US still have similar setups, although fiber optic cable is taking over.
Not that long ago there were parts of the very rural western US that had radio links for phone service. Used to require calling an operator, asking for the remote point, and the radio connection would be set up. Not cellular, but actual point to point radio links.
For the most part, most parts of the country have fiber optic cable somewhere nearby. Back in the 1980's and 1990's, there was a lot of fiber put in the ground linking cities, towns and just about everywhere in between. Fiber cables follow railroad lines, highways, pipelines, etc.
You'd really have to try hard to get away from some communications infrastructure in the US. It can be done. Cellular coverage is not a good example, as the carriers only build out their systems where there is enough usage to cover costs. With a cellular radio site costing anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million, it takes a lot of customers to make that pay back. Costs for the equipment has dropped, but radio site leases are expensive if the cellular carrier does not have it's own facilities.