FLORIDA SCANNER LAW
Paraphrased from the Section 843.16 of the Florida State Statues.
Consult the printed version for exact wording.
(1) No person, firm, or corporation shall install in any motor vehicle or business establishment, except an emergency vehicle or crime watch vehicle as herein
defined or a place established by municipal, county, state, or federal authority for governmental purposes, any frequency modulation radio receiving equipment
so adjusted or tuned as to receive messages or signals on frequencies assigned by the Federal Communications Commission to police or law enforcement officers
of any city or county of the state or to the state or any of its agencies. Provided, nothing herein shall be construed to affect any radio station licensed by
the Federal Communications System or to affect any recognized newspaper or news publication engaged in covering the news on a full-time basis or any alarm
system contractor certified pursuant to part II of chapter 489, operating a central monitoring system.
(2) As used in this section, the term:
(a) "Emergency vehicle" shall specifically mean:
1. Any motor vehicle used by any law enforcement officer or employee of any city, any county, the state, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the Armed
Forces of the United States while on official business;
2. Any fire department vehicle of any city or county of the state or any state fire department vehicle;
3. Any motor vehicle designated as an emergency vehicle by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles when said vehicle is to be assigned the use of
frequencies assigned to the state;
4. Any motor vehicle designated as an emergency vehicle by the sheriff of any county in the state when said vehicle is to be assigned the use of frequencies
assigned to the said county;
5. Any motor vehicle designated as an emergency vehicle by the chief of police of any city in the state when said vehicle is to be assigned the use of
frequencies assigned to the said city.
(b) "Crime watch vehicle" means any motor vehicle used by any person participating in a citizen crime watch or neighborhood watch program when such program and
use are approved in writing by the appropriate sheriff or chief of police where the vehicle will be used and the vehicle is assigned the use of frequencies
assigned to the county or city. Such approval shall be renewed annually.
(3) This section shall not apply to any holder of a valid amateur radio operator or station license issued by the Federal Communications Commission or to any
recognized newspaper or news publication engaged in covering the news on a full-time basis or any alarm system contractor certified pursuant to part II of
chapter 489, operating a central monitoring system.
(4) Any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable
as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
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I have been listening to Public Safety Communications for many years. I started listening to the New Hampshire State Police when they use to be right above the AM radio band. I then had a television with a
varactor tuner and was able to listen to the Brookhaven Town Police Dept. in Suffolk County, NY. This was
a continuous tuner and between channels 6 and 7 is the 150 to 174 MHz police band.
After that I had a couple of Regency 8 channel crystal scanners and was able to listen to the police and fire
departments in Suffolk County. My first programmable scanner was a Bearcat 210. This was a great scanner at the time because you did not have to by a crystal for every frequency you wanted to hear. I currently own the following scanners:
Uniden Home Patrol
My other hobbys are:
- Taking train pictures: Click here to view my photos at RailPictures.net and my webpage Florida Train Pictures at
- Amateur Radio: I have a Extra Class Amateur Radio License - K4LRP.I usually monitor the 145.85 & 146.61 (2 meter) repeaters in the Palm Bay / Melbourne area and 146.52 simplex.
I will be glad to answer any questions pertaining to scanning in East Central Florida.
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All information has been obtained by personal submissions by myself, individuals, official sources, scanner monitoring, and from the FCC's database.
I do not assume any responsibility in the use of this service or its contents for its accuracy or completeness. While I try to keep the information
timely and accurate, I make no guarantees. The user assumes the risk of verifying any materials used or relied upon. I am not responsible for, nor do
I assume any liability for, damages resulting from the use of any information on this site.
Remember, anything heard on a scanner, unless broadcasted as public information, is for your ears only. Under some state and local laws you can be arrested
for interfering with an official performing his or her duty if you show up at a scene carrying a scanner.
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