I have just read that and it says you can listen to navigation broadcasts.
Which i think would come under airband.
I mean they sell airband radios in the airport shop at the airport.
plus plane spotters always use them freely in the airport and outside. i didnt read anywhere on that link where it says you cant just listen to them.
it says you can listen to navigation broadcasts amd i thought planes use atc for navigating.
I've been pressing Ofcom for some time now for a definition of "navigation broadcasts" ever since I was forced to take my Heathrow and Gatwick feeds off, and finally I received the following yesterday:
"There is no precise legal definition in law of what is meant by 'navigation broadcasts'. The authors of this information note were aiming to explain that in the case of maritime and aeronautical radio it is generally intended that some messages sent by some aero ground stations (eg By the NATS or individual airports) and some coastal radio stations (eg port controls or HM Coastguard) these messages are widely received. For instance messages about navigation hazards, search and rescue alerts, weather warnings and other similar general messages which are purposefully intended for widespread information are sent on specific channels (and are usually deemed by international treaty- eg by ITU or IMO- as intended for all maritime or aeronautical users."
That aside, does the Wireless Telegraphy Act actually
cover this? The definition of 'Telegraphy' as I've seen it relates to non-voice communications, eg mostly morse code. In no definition have I seen mention or reference made to voice comms....
I'm waiting for my solicitor to return from holiday as I quite like the idea of legally challenging this nonsense.
Has anyone any idea of the penalties/fines involved if I were to start streaming again??
I had some dialogue with a high-ranking NATS official (and I do mean high-ranking) who contacted me saying he was all in favour of my streaming, and who couldn't see why it was a problem. Unfortunately this isn't actually a subject for NATS; it's Ofcom's baby, so he couldn't assist.