We'll be over in the MSP airport area for most of our visit. I belive we're staying over by the Mall of America.Depends exactly where in the area you are going to be.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll bring a copy of my license.Also, you may want to be aware that scanners are illegal in vehicles in MN unless you have a ham license.
We'll probably go to the Mall of America once just to see what its like. Any good bookstores or resturants there?hoser147 said:You aint going to have time to scan, doing all that shopping.......................H:lol:ser
Why would it be any different than before?EMSJohn said:As a slight sidebar, sworn police officers can hae scanners, as well as anyone who recieves a permit through the BCA - http://www.dps.state.mn.us/bca/invest/documents/Page-02-003.html
I was wondering however that since the switch to ARMER, the steps necessary to recieve a permit for monitoring police frequencies from a scaner in a vehicle would be nearly impossible to achieve or enforce, any thoughts?
Yes, there was talk of it a while back, but I haven't heard anything since.sixtytwo said:Wasn't there a movement to scrap this law, like the way Michigan did?
Go ahead, make the leap, get yourself a transceiver. Around here you can get away with a 2m only radio. those can be found fairly cheaply. There are a fair amount of 70cm repeaters around, but i think if you don't want to spend a lot of money you will be satisfied with 2m only. That's where most traffic and nets are anyways.smokeyjones666 said:I'd like to second the recommendation for getting a ham license. Legally carrying my scanner in my car was the sole reason that I got mine!
I knew a little bit about radio communications already; partly as a result of my own curiosity, partly as the result of a scanning hobby I had acquired after some time I spent working for my friend in the Radio Shack store he had been managing at the time. I got the ARRL book, and took the online tests at AA9PW's site http://www.aa9pw.com/radio/.
Once I was comfortable enough with the material that I could pass the online tests reliably, I went to a test session administered at my local city hall one morning. I passed the Technician test with ease, so I asked if I could try the General test and I passed that one too. (They asked me if I wanted to try for Advanced, but I had seen that material and figured I would be wasting their time and mine.)
It's super easy to find test sessions in your area. Just plug your zip code into the form at http://www.arrl.org/exam.html.
One unintended side effect of this whole process, I've found myself spending a lot more time eyeballing the inexpensive amateur radio tranceivers in catalogs from Ham Radio Outlet and others. I don't know why, I really had no intention to transmit when I took the test, but the more I read on this forum the more interested I seem get. (Just what I need, another expensive hobby!)