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Old 07-09-2019, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
Why is there any regulation of receive-only stations at all? I mean, it makes plenty of sense to regulate anything that can transmit: There's a limited amount of bandwidth available, after all. But why should anyone care what anyone else is receiving?
This may go back to the days before cellphone signals were scrambled/encrypted; it required some sort of license (I think it was limited to "education" and "military") to own a receiver that could get anything between 800 and 900 MHz, as you could hear unscrambled cellphone messages. I used to have a TV that had a screw for each channel button to tune into a particular channel, and if you tuned it to a high enough frequency, you could listen in on them.