Ham Radio Frequencies
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Ah! The ham radio frequencies. This is where exciting things happen for most of us. It's our main playing field ... and it's huge!

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1. HF Bands
2. HF Bands Download
3. VHF Bands
4. UHF Bands
5. VHF-UHF Bands Download

Some, like me, also get a kick from experimenting with homemade antennas, equipment modification and kits.

But, that's off topic. I have other pages on this site that cover the many other playgrounds of ham radio!


Getting back to amateur radio frequencies ...

The allocation of frequency bands is coordinated by the member countries of the IARU - International Amateur Radio Union.

  • IARU Region 1 includes:  Europe, Africa, Middle East and Northern Asia.
  • IARU Region 2 includes:  The Americas (North, Central & South)
  • IARU Region 3 includes:  Asia-Pacific.
There are slight differences, between IARU regions, in the allocated ham radio frequencies, and the modes that each will allow.

LF MF & HF Frequency Bands

The table below gives a summary of the bands for LF (low frequencies), MF (medium frequencies) and HF (high frequencies).

For documents containing a detailed description of each IARU region band plan, see the downloads section below.

BAND
(Name)
REGION 1
(KHz)
REGION 2
(KHz)
REGION 3
(KHz)
2000 meters 135.7 - 137.8 none none
160 meters 1810 - 2000 1800 - 2000 1800 - 2000
80 meters 3500 - 3800 3500 - 4000 3500 - 3900
40 meters 7000 - 7200 7000 - 7300 7000 - 7300
30 meters 10100 - 10150 10100 - 10150 10100 - 10157.3
20 meters 14000 -14350 14000 -14350 14000 -14350
17 meters 18068 - 18168 18068 - 18168 18068 - 18168
15 meters 21000 - 21450 21000 - 21450 21000 - 21450
12 meters 24890 - 24990 24890 - 24990 24890 - 24990
10 meters 28000 - 29700 28000 - 29700 28000 - 29700

Click Below To Download
Detailed Allocation of
HF Ham Radio Frequencies
For Your Region Of Interest
Region 1
(Web page)
Region 2
(PDF file)
Region 3
(DOC file)

VHF - Very High Frequency Bands

VHF BAND
(Name)
REGION 1
(MHz)
REGION 2
(MHz)
REGION 3
(MHz)
6 meters 47 - 68
Amateurs share 50 - 54 with commercial services which have primary use.
50 - 54 50 - 54
4 meters 70 - 70.5
See note below.
none none
2 meters 144 - 146 144 - 146 144 - 146
2 meters none 146 - 148 146 - 148
Shared with commercial users with amateurs as primary users.
1.3 meters none 220 - 225 none
Shared with commercial users with amateurs as primary users.

Note on 70.0-70.5 MHz ham radio frequencies:
The following countries in Region-1 are already authorized to use all or part of the band 70-70.5 MHz, mostly on a secondary basis: Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Sweden and United Kingdom. Such authorizations are rare outside Region 1 but include Greenland and Pakistan.


UHF - Ultra High Frequency Bands

UHF BAND
(Name)
REGION 1
(MHz)
REGION 2
(MHz)
REGION 3
(MHz)
70 cm 430 - 440 430 - 440
Shared. Amateurs are secondary users.
430 - 440
Shared. Amateurs are secondary users.
33 cm none 902 - 928
Shared. Amateurs are secondary users.
none
23 cm 1240 - 1300
Shared. Amateurs are secondary users.
1240 - 1300
Shared. Amateurs are secondary users.
1240 - 1300
Shared. Amateurs are secondary users.
12 cm 2300 - 2450
Shared. Amateurs are secondary users.
2300 - 2450
Shared. Amateurs are secondary users.
2300 - 2450
Shared. Amateurs are secondary users.

(Page content updated December 1, 2011)










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