Do I need a licence to operate a taxi radio?
Simple answer is "yes" although if you are working for a company then you
would normally be covered under their licence.
With regard to the mobile phone laws, can I use a two way radio whilst
driving or do I need a hands free device?
The mobile phone law means just that, it specifically relates to the use
of mobile phones whilst driving. The use of two way radio equipment
(unless the device can also be used as a phone) (you know the handheld
ones the police use!!) when driving is not included in the new
offence. Remember, there is still a risk of distraction and prosecution
under other laws should an accident occur. The legislation to quote if
stopped for using a two way radio is: The Road
Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No.4) Regulations 2003
Statutory Instrument 2003 N0.2695. This lays out clearly the
exemptions under the new law. Read the full legislation
I've just bought a new antenna and the shop
assistant just cut a bit off making it shorter! Surely the bigger the
better, has he damaged my antenna?
This is a question I get all the time. Gentlemen, it IS all about the
size!! The length of the antenna is directly proportional to the
wavelength of the frequency in use. As mobile antennas are not made
specifically for an exact frequency the logical thing is to make them
slightly longer to cover the frequency band in use. By calculating the
wavelength we can work out the exact length required to ensure that your
antenna is tuned to your radios operating frequency. Damage to your
expensive radio equipment can occur if the antenna is too long or too