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Is it illegal to listen to Air Traffic Control transmissions in the UK?

The Radiocommunications Agency (now OFCOM) issued some guidance about this in 2001. The specific offence is defined by s5 Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949: Any person who ... uses any wireless ...
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What is the amateur FM broadcasting legal limit?

What legal problems might you run into? Well, you'd be violating 47 USC 301, which requires a license for anyone broadcasting in the United States. Penalties for that are given in 47 USC 501 (a fine ...
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Who regulates wireless radio communication in North America and Europe?

In the US, radio communication proper is regulated by the FCC and the NTIA. The FAA has nothing to do with it; they regulate things as they affect airplanes, but the actual radio rules are set by the ...
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Who regulates wireless radio communication in North America and Europe?

The ITU's Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) is responsible for worldwide spectrum coordination. It's an agency of the United Nations. World Radio Conferences are held regularly for spectrum planning ...
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Can I shield my home from cell phone radiations

Say I build myself a faraday cage/wave screen around my house, potentially resulting in poor nework coverage for my neighbours. Questions about land property and constructing permits apart, can ...
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Are Drone Intrusion Prevention Systems (Drone IPS) systems illegal?

In the United States - Flying within Class G airspace (max 400 ft.) over private property without permission is trespassing (min 500 ft.) A 107 certified pilot is not restricted to 400 ft., and may ...
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Are Drone Intrusion Prevention Systems (Drone IPS) systems illegal?

For the USA, the FCC has a few words to say on the subject: “Generally, “jammers” — which are also commonly called signal blockers, GPS jammers, cell phone jammers, text blockers, etc. — are ...
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What would happen if I set up an amateur radio station in Canada without entering Canada?

A little poking around amateur radio sites will find (from the second link): In 1952, Canada and the United States signed a Reciprocal Operating Agreement treaty. In the terms of the agreement, ...
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US: Is it legal to jam radio/cell communications if entirely confined to your own private property?

Yes, if it works. FCC regulations allow operation of interfering equipment (for tests and experiment) provided the interference is fully contained in a Faraday cage. You must still "comply with the ...
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ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio - deregistration

Even though as you found out calling is also sufficient, there is also a form available for this: Abmeldung der Wohnung/en One of the reasons listed is Ich ziehe dauerhaft ins Ausland (I am ...
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Who regulates wireless radio communication in North America and Europe?

In Canada, the technical aspects of broadcasting (Who gets to use which frequency, what needs to be restricted to avoid causing interference, allocating station call signs) are regulated by the ...
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ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio - deregistration

probably, now it can be done online via : https://www.rundfunkbeitrag.de/buergerinnen_und_buerger/formulare/abmelden/index_ger.html
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Are Drone Intrusion Prevention Systems (Drone IPS) systems illegal?

UK-based answer: With regards to rights above land, we know from Bernstein v Skyviews and General Ltd [1978] QB 479 that a person owns: "the airspace above his land to such height as was necessary ...
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Who regulates wireless radio communication in North America and Europe?

In the UK, Ofcom regulates all types of radio frequencies. UK legislation the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 2006 is the legal standpoint that they follow, but they manage everything from TV channels to ...
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Can someone consent on behalf of someone else for a call-in radio show?

Don't believe everything you hear on the radio or see on TV. That radio show is probably staged with actors; read https://didyouknowfacts.com/former-dj-radio-business-fake/ and the linked AMA on ...
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Is it legal to intercept 2.4Ghz communications (wifi 802.11) in the UK?

Is it legal to intercept radio communications in the 2.4Ghz band in the United Kingdom? No—the interception of any radio communication in the United Kingdom is an offence under Section 48(1)(a) of ...
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What constitutes "management" for an amateur radio club?

The first thing is to change the club license to your name and address, as you are the custodian of the club license. The club license belongs to the club, but you ensure that all FCC rules are ...
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Laws surrounding publicly (ish) displaying decoded messages received over radio

It is Illegal Specifically, it is in breach of s7 of the TELECOMMUNICATIONS (INTERCEPTION AND ACCESS) ACT 1979: (1) A person shall not: (a) intercept; (b) authorize, suffer or permit another ...
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Could an adult theoretically use a laptop while driving in Oregon if it was controlling an amateur radio station?

No But they would not be guilty of breaking that particular law. However, I’m sure Oregon has laws against negligent and reckless driving. This is both.
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Encryption over handheld transceiver

Handheld transceivers are usually operated under some portion of 47 CFR 95 (Personal Radio Services). Typically, this is subpart B (Family Radio Service) or subpart D (CB Radio Service); occasionally ...
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Why is the manufacturer of a wireless radio device responsible for preventing end-user modifications?

It is practically impossible to effectively enforce the radio regulations on every individual user, so it is necessary to have device manufacturers act as gatekeepers. Had the law been written to rely ...
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Legal status of spectrum analyzers in the United Kingdom

Presumably this refers to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, and the government's advice regarding interception of communications, where Section 1(1) of RIPA makes it a criminal ...
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ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio - deregistration

I called up the ARD customer care and they said we can just call them and tell them when we are leaving the country and they will automatically de-register us from that month. I guess they will cross ...
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