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We can listen to various ATC radios across the world, but I really want to listen to the ATC at VOBL.

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In principle you can listen to ATC of VOBL (Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore) using a VHF air band radio receiver on the following frequencies:

  • Tower: 124.35 MHz
  • Ground: 121.65 MHz
  • Approach: 121.25 and 127.75 MHz

It is however illegal to own such a receiver in India:

  1. Prohibition of possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus without licence.—Save as provided by section 4, no person shall possess wireless telegraphy apparatus except under and in accordance with a license issued under this Act.

(The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933, emphasis mine)

There used to be coverage of Mumbai ATC on liveATC.net, but according to this thread on pprune.org it was shut down, presumably because it is illegal to pass on ATC transmissions in India.

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  • $\begingroup$ Surely other radio receivers are allowed to be owned by the general public though, such as an FM radio or UHF TV? What makes a radio that tunes to ~120 MHz special? $\endgroup$ – zymhan Dec 3 '19 at 19:32
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    $\begingroup$ Receivers limited to only public spectrum operations would come with approval from some regulatory body (probably en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_Planning_%26_Coordination_Wing) to be allowed for use without a license. Other receivers would not be so approved. $\endgroup$ – BowlOfRed Dec 3 '19 at 20:26
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    $\begingroup$ I am not a lawyer anywhere, but it would seem that wireless telegraphy would imply transmission capabilities. alternatly, is a pilot's use of the frequency spectrum part of the certificate or is it tied to the station built into the airframe? $\endgroup$ – Rowan Hawkins Dec 24 '19 at 20:45
  • $\begingroup$ Yes -- why would this law apply to something incapable of transmitting? $\endgroup$ – UnrecognizedFallingObject Dec 25 '19 at 2:41
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    $\begingroup$ Transmission is not a requirement of "wireless telegraphy apparatus", which is a term of art: "wireless telegraphy apparatus’ means any apparatus, appliance, instrument or material used or capable of use in wireless communication, ..." (emphasis added). "Wireless transmitter" is a specific and separate term, so clearly transmission capability was contemplated as a subset of wireless telegraphy. $\endgroup$ – Nij Dec 25 '19 at 9:37

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