publishing frequencies hurts police/fire/ambulance depts.?

publishing frequencies hurts police/fire/ambulance depts.?

Post by Dan Jacobso » Sun, 20 Apr 2003 05:28:54

Some folks here in Taiwan say that if I post the police/fire/ambulance
frequencies my friends and I have found, this will encourage
pranksters to go and interfere on those frequencies.  I say those who
wish to transmit interference on those frequencies would have long ago
transmitted, without needing our little lists.

They say I will hurt those cash starved police/fire/ambulance
departments who can't afford fancier equipment (spread spectrum, I
assume?).  I say with a budget scanner within moments one knows the
frequencies and even content of police/fire/ambulance communications
so what's the big deal about a frequency list.

Anyway, it seems hushing up frequency lists just makes it take a
little longer for us scanner enthusiasts to figure out what
organization is saying "Unit 7, go to Central St."

Sounds like old restrictions on maps now that we are in the age of
satellite images.
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http://jidanni.org/ Taiwan(04)25854780

 
 
 

publishing frequencies hurts police/fire/ambulance depts.?

Post by GrtPmpkin » Sun, 20 Apr 2003 06:37:39


Quote:>Some folks here in Taiwan say that if I post the police/fire/ambulance
>frequencies my friends and I have found, this will encourage
>pranksters to go and interfere on those frequencies.

The points are well taken, but I think, as you seem to think, that publishing
lists of freq's are not any threat to authorities. In fact, I think it is
better for the public to know where they can monitor their public servants, and
keep them in check.
If they've got nothing to hide (encrypted comm's, and other modes which are
often used in the name of security and confidentiality notwithstanding) then
they should be glad that the public knows where they can listen and evaluate
them, and hear the job they do.
Linus