Police and Fire
In many larger populated areas UHF frequencies are allocated for Public Safety in the UHF TV spectral band from 470−512MHz. These are primarily used by police and fire LMR (Land Mobile Radio). It is illegal to operate in this spectrum band.
Channels 14,15, & 16 are allocated by the FCC in New York City Public Safety.
Aside for from the fact that it is illegal to operate non licensed devices in this spectrum. There is also a high probability that LMR radios operated in this spectrum band will interfere with wireless microphones. LMR radios in this spectrum transmit at 5 watts and key in intermittently when the talk button is pressed on the radio.
Auto Scan on the face of wireless receivers will not avoid this Spectrum band. Custom user frequency groups can be used to provide frequency groups that avoid this spectrum.
Below is a table of Public Safety designated spectrum band organized by metro area.
New York 14
New York 15
New York 16