To anyone who scans are operates a ham radio which can scan:
Please read the attached letter I sent to my congressman. Although the
amendments to the bill are a good sign---THEY ARE NOT ENOUGH!. If we get
lulled into believing our rights are protected, we are wrong.
Eventually all public safety and ham radio systems will use digital technology
to modulate their signals. If we allow the "modifyed" version of HR2369 to go
thru our scanners will become useless--
Please write your Congressman today--Feel free to use the attached letter.
Dear Congressman Kanjorski:
I am one of millions of Americans that use scanners for lawful and useful
purposes. I am writing about H.R. 2369, introduced by Rep. Billy Tauzin
(R-LA). As originally introduced, the legislation would have effectively
banned scanners. I understand that the legislation has been substantially
reworded as requested by the Telecommunications Subcommittee and now
addresses many of the concerns of scanner users. I am still concerned that the
bill as amended would prohibit scanners which can demodulate "digital"
signals. Congressman as you know we are moving into the digital age. I ask
that you amend the legislation to wipe out the prohibition against
demodulating digital signals. This would in effect make my scanner useless in
about 10 years. If a police agency for example wants to scramble it's signal,
still can do that. I agree with that provision, but to ban the scanning of
digital signals is still a very dangerous thing. I fear the federal goverment
already has too much power. This legislation, if not changed will in effect
tell the American people for the first time, what they can and can not listen
to! That's very dangerous in a free society!
Please use you good offices to protect the legimitate use of scanners by
an estimated four million law abiding American citizens.