The use of the radio spectrum is highly regulated in the UK. Whilst some parts of the spectrum are “licence free” for low power devices such as car key fobs, short range walkie talkies most is subject to control by OFCOM.
Amateur Radio – the use of amateur radio transmitting equipment is controlled by OFCOM. Several grades of licence are available subject to passing the required technical examination. The majority of amateur radio use goes completely unnoticed but just occasionally problems do occur. Spencer Research can test the amateur radio transmitting equipment to see if the transmitter is “clean” or if the consumer equipment (TV, radio, computer) is at fault and suggest remedies.
CB radio – unlike amateur radio which requires the passing of a technical examination CB radio is available to all without a licence however the CB radio used must be of the approved type. Use of non-approved CB equipment is unlawful. Spencer Research has significant experience in testing and reporting on seized CB radio equipment.
Scanning radio – a scanner does as it says it scans bands of frequencies stopping when it detects a signal is present. Scanners have legitimate uses such as scanning CB, amateur radio or maritime frequencies. But they can also be used to listen in on other frequencies and that is not permitted. Spencer Research can examine the scanner and report on what frequencies of bands of frequencies are programmed into the radio memory.
Pirate radio – commercial pirate radio stations have traditionally kept the “studio” separate from the transmitter. A number of methods are used. Microwave transmitters beam the programme from the studio to a tower block where it is them retransmitted on the FM band. A more up to date approach is feeding the program onto the web and then out of a another computer as audio to an FM band transmitter. Spencer Research has examined a wide range of equipment used by pirates and can examine, test and report on seized equipment.
We undertake preliminary assessment for free. We offer a free initial consultation, agree the scope of the work to keep down costs, advise clients on progress, and produce jury friendly reports and give evidence in Court.
Phone Spencer Research for an initial free of charge discussion on 01225 482 604 or e-mail.
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