Have to take issue with Cap Douglas here.
Just because you are unlikely to get caught using an illegal frequency with a non-type approved radio
, that doesn't make it OK.
You are correct there are very few governmental agencies who are likely to be able to catch up with you, especialy with transitory, low power
transmissions like a walkie talkie. But 'listening for a while', then going ahead to use the frequency isn't the right way IMHO.
A perfectly legal
set of radios can be had in most of Europe for <$50, isn't that better than unintentionally coming up on a police / fire / ambulance channel and potentially jamming important traffic ?
Just my 10c