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Topic # 123209 28-Jun-2013 14:17
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Hey guys, after months of consideration, I finally bought a Realtek RTL2832U based DVB-T stick from China, as they are hard to come by in NZ for some reason, to use a SDR.

Just wondering, I'm located in Henderson, West Auckland, and was really hoping to listen in on the police, but I'm well aware that they wern't happy about us all listening in on their communications, and they decided to go digital, and encrypt their channels. If somebody finds out a way to descramble that, that would be nice, but I know it's probably not going to happen, but I was just coming here to ask, if it would be possible where I stay to receive Police communications outside of auckland? I know that, I can receieve a few of the waikato stations, and even Northland stations easilly in the car, I was wondering, could I pick up police channels from say Hamilton, and Northland? If the police channel was broadcasted from Te Aroha, which is well known for being quite a high power transmitter, then could it be possible to pick up the police from Hamilton, in West Auckland?


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  Reply # 846765 28-Jun-2013 14:48
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I think you'll find they've gone digital country-wide now and given the method of encryption you won't be able to decode unless you acquire one of their radios.

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  Reply # 846810 28-Jun-2013 16:16
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As above. Digital in the main regions for comming up on 3yrs now

You can however use it to track aircraft if you so wish :) has a how-to guide. And even recently send a bunch of free ones to NZ with the requirement you feed their servers

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