SignalsEverywhere Podcast: Is Software Defined Radio Illegal?

Corrosive from the SignalsEverywhere YouTube channel has released a new episode of his podcast, this time discussing the topic "Is Software Defined Radio Illegal?". Recently we posted about the unfortunate arrest of a UN investigator in Tunisia. Reports from news agencies seem to indicate that a major factor in his arrest was his use of an RTL-SDR dongle for monitoring air traffic as part of his investigation on Libya arms embargo violations. Although it is suspected that other political motivations are at play.

In his podcast Corrosive tries to open a discussion on whether software defined radio (SDR) is illegal, since SDR receivers have the possibility to be able to receive, demodulate and decode almost any signal. He first focuses on mostly American FCC laws regarding scanners, but similar laws are likely to be in place throughout most of the western world. Later in the podcast he discusses transmit capable SDRs and how these are more likely to come to the attention of politicians.

Software Defined Radio Illegal?

3 comments

  1. Comment

    The OM and telecommunications legislation derives from agreements of the Second World War … of course there have been additions and the OM world has supported these phases but perhaps it is time to change to have social benefits and not just economic ones.

    .. America and further duties on intellectual property ….

  2. WacKEDmaN

    US law is a bit poo!
    here in AU we are allowed to receive and demodulate/decode anything…its just illegal do anything with the information we find..

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