LHRman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 6 Posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1833 times:
Hey all, what do the Greeks think of Airband Scanners. I am off to JSI on Friday and want to do some spotting at the airport because I simply love it there! Can anyone tell me their experiences of Greece and there radios, weather it is illegal, secrecy is the best option or just to say its fine. I plan to have it in my bag with a headset. I've been to the island many a time, but this is the 1st time with my scanner. If anyone can help it will be greatly appreciated.
FlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
I can't see it being much of a problem, I've never taken my scanner before (Been to a few of the Greek Islands before, my folks went to Skiathos year before last). To be honest I was petrified at the prospect of using my camera at RHO this year, but as long as the airport doesn't have an air base or some other military installation there (or nearby) I think you would be ok, you could always ask when you are at the airport.
Have a good trip
Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3304 posts, RR: 38 Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1751 times:
I am not 100% positive as far as the law is concerned, but scanners are widely advertised and available...and used, especially by journalists who are eavesdropping on police frequencies. This is current practice.
Sidenote: since security forces budget is traditionally tight, most policemen (have to) buy their radios themselves, in all cases these radios are illegal because they do not comply with technical requirements and cover the full VHF spectrum.
LHRman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1729 times:
Hey guys, thanks for the info. Just one more question to Iakobos! Can you give me your honest opinon to weather I should listen to it while observing Civil Air traffic landing at an already lenient island. The cops are almost non existant passing the airfield once or twice a day! So do you mind answering that?
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3304 posts, RR: 38 Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1724 times:
My opinion, well, if it is a tourist spot, not a shared civ/mil airport, and there are no military facilities around, the risk of getting into trouble is pretty close to 0.
Do not make it too visible would be my only recommendation (keep it in pocket and listen with a discreet earphone)