Which ARRL license?

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Which AARL license is required to legally carry a police scanner in your vehicle in Minnesota ?
 

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Which ARRL License?

Either a permit from the BCA or an amateur radio license. The ARRL doesn't issue the license, though, the FCC does. The ARRL does have some training materials, however.
 

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Thanks, but there are 3 different levels of License - technician, general and a third one I can't think of at the moment. Wondering which level I need to attain?
 

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Thanks! That's great
 
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Any license class in MN allows you to be scanner exempt.... However!!! Note that rules allow for transceivers which also receive out of band. Example... A 2m VHF ham band radio which receives 136-174. The law doesnt state a Scanner or multiband receiver, it states a transceiver that also happens to receive public service frequencies.

So just be aware, that if you have something in your vehicle and its obvious, like a handheld radioshack scanner, then you "could" encounter a laws wise officer that know this catch. It has happened to a few hams in the cities as some of the officers are wise of this.

Most won't give you a hard time as long as your not showing up at scenes to gawk or something like that, but still don't be obvious in saying/showing that you have a scanner and can listen to the po po.
 
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299C.37 POLICE COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT; USE, SALE.
Subdivision 1.Use regulated.(a) No person other than peace officers within the state, the members of the State Patrol, and persons who hold an amateur radio license issued by the Federal Communications Commission, shall equip any motor vehicle with any radio equipment or combination of equipment, capable of receiving any radio signal, message, or information from any police emergency frequency, or install, use, or possess the equipment in a motor vehicle without permission from the superintendent of the bureau upon a form prescribed by the superintendent. An amateur radio license holder is not entitled to exercise the privilege granted by this paragraph if the license holder has been convicted in this state or elsewhere of a crime of violence, as defined in section 624.712, subdivision 5, unless ten years have elapsed since the person has been restored to civil rights or the sentence has expired, whichever occurs first, and during that time the person has not been convicted of any other crime of violence. For purposes of this section, "crime of violence" includes a crime in another state or jurisdiction that would have been a crime of violence if it had been committed in this state. Radio equipment installed, used, or possessed as permitted by this paragraph must be under the direct control of the license holder whenever it is used. A person who is designated in writing by the chief law enforcement officer of a political subdivision issued a permit under subdivision 3 may use and possess radio equipment while in the course and scope of duties or employment without also having to obtain an individual permit.

(b) Except as provided in paragraph (c), any person who is convicted of a violation of this subdivision shall, upon conviction for the first offense, be guilty of a misdemeanor, and for the second and subsequent offenses shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

(c) An amateur radio license holder who exercises the privilege granted by paragraph (a) shall carry the amateur radio license in the motor vehicle at all times and shall present the license to a peace officer on request. A violation of this paragraph is a petty misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a misdemeanor.

Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1971 c 71 s 2]

Subd. 3.Permit.(a) The superintendent of the bureau shall, upon written application, issue a written permit, which shall be nontransferable, to a person, firm, political subdivision, or corporation showing good cause to use radio equipment capable of receiving a police emergency frequency, as a necessity, in the lawful pursuit of a business, trade, or occupation.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), a permit is not required for emergency response personnel, as defined in section 299F.092, who are members of a public safety agency, as defined in section 403.02, to use agency-issued radio equipment as described in subdivision 1, paragraph (a), when:

(1) the holder of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license has granted the public safety agency written permission for the use of the frequencies authorized under the FCC license; or

(2) the agency is authorized to monitor or operate on any police emergency talk group on the ARMER public safety radio system in accordance with the technical and operational standards adopted by the Statewide Radio Board, as provided in section 403.37 or where the public safety agency use of a frequency allocated to police interoperability is consistent with any applicable rules or regulations.


(NOTE: They even put ARMER in there now.)

Interesting... They also reworded it, it no longer says that it covers a transceiver which has extended receive, it say Radio Equipment. So i guess now they can't get you on the Scanner clause as some liked to call it.
 

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What I did was print a large print (so it can be read easily in the dark at night) copy of that law in my glove compartment with the amatuer exemption and statute number highlighted. So far I have not needed it yet.
 

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This post should be deleted, sorry folk, I can't figure out how to remove it.
 
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