Amateur Radio Frequency Bands

Technician Privileges

2200 Meters (135 kHz)
No privileges
630 Meters (472 kHz)
No privileges
160 Meters (1.8 MHz)
No privileges
80 Meters (3.5 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
3.525 - 3.6 MHz < 200 W CW No test transmissions
60 Meters (5.3 MHz)
No privileges
40 Meters (7 MHz)
Phone and Image modes are permitted between 7.075 and 7.100 MHz for FCC licensed stations in ITU Regions 1 and 3 and by FCC licensed stations in ITU Region 2 West of 130 degrees West longitude or South of 20 degrees North latitude. See Sections 97.305(c) and 97.307(f)(11). Novice and Technician licensees outside ITU Region 2 may use CW only between 7.025 and 7.075 MHz and between 7.100 and 7.125 MHz. 7.200 to 7.300 MHz is not available outside ITU Region 2. See Section 97.301(e). These exemptions do not apply to stations in the continental US.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
7.025 - 7.125 MHz < 200 W CW No test transmissions
7.075 - 7.1 MHz < 200 W CW Do not use outside region 2. No test transmissions
30 Meters (10.1 MHz)
No privileges
20 Meters (14 MHz)
No privileges
17 Meters (18 MHz)
No privileges
15 Meters (21 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
21.025 - 21.2 MHz < 200 W CW No test transmissions
12 Meters (24 MHz)
No privileges
10 Meters (28 Mhz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
28.0 - 28.3 MHz < 200 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
28.3 - 28.5 MHz < 200 W CW, SSB phone No test transmissions
6 Meters (50 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
50.0 - 50.1 MHz < 1500 W CW No test transmissions
50.1 - 54.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image No test transmissions below 51.0 MHz
2 Meters (144 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
144.0 - 144.1 MHz < 1500 W CW
144.1 - 148.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image
1.25 Meters (222 Mhz)
The FCC has allocated 219-220 MHz to amateur use on a secondary basis. This allocation is only for fixed digital message forwarding systems operated by all licensees except Novices. Amateur operations must not cause interference to, and must accept interference from, primary services in this and adjacent bands. Amateur stations are limited to 50 W PEP output and 100 kHz bandwidth. Automated Maritime Telecommunications Systems (AMTS) stations are the primary occupants in this band. Amateur stations within 398 miles of an AMTS station must notify the station in writing at least 30 days prior to beginning operations. Amateur stations within 50 miles of an AMTS station must get permission in writing from the AMTS station before beginning operations. The FCC requires that amateur operators provide written notification including the station's geographic location to the ARRL for inclusion in a database at least 30 days before beginning operations. See Section 97.303(e) of the FCC Rules.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
219.0 - 220.0 MHz < 1500 W Fixed digital message forwarding systems only
222.0 - 225.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image
70 cm (420 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
420.0 - 450.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image Geographical power restrictions apply
33 cm (902 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
902.0 - 928.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image Geographical power restrictions apply
23 cm (1240 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
1240 - 1300 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image Geographical power restrictions apply
2300 - 2310 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
2390 - 2450 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
3300 - 3500 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
5650 - 5925 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
10.0 - 10.5 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All No pulse emissions
24.0 - 24.25 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
47.0 - 47.2 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
77.0 - 81.0 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
122.25 - 123.0 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
134 - 141 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
241 - 250 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
All above 300 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All

General Privileges

2200 Meters (135 kHz)
To operate on 2200 or 630 meters, amateurs must first register with the Utilities Technology Council online at https://utc.org/plc-database-amateur-notification-process/. You need only register once for each band.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
135.7 - 137.8 kHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data, phone, image No test transmissions
630 Meters (472 kHz)
To operate on 2200 or 630 meters, amateurs must first register with the Utilities Technology Council online at https://utc.org/plc-database-amateur-notification-process/. You need only register once for each band.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
472.0 - 479.0 kHz < 5 W EIRP CW, RTTY, data, phone, image In Alaska within 496 miles of Russia the power limit is 1 W EIRP. No test transmissions
160 Meters (1.8 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
1.8 - 2.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data, phone, image Avoid interference to radiolocation operations from 1.900 to 2.000 MHz. No test transmissions
80 Meters (3.5 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
3.525 - 3.6 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
3.8 - 4.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
60 Meters (5.3 MHz)
The FCC has granted hams secondary access on USB only to five discrete 2.8-kHz-wide channels. Amateurs can not cause inference to and must accept interference from the Primary Government users. The NTIA says that hams planning to operate on 60 meters "must assure that their signal is transmitted on the channel center frequency." This means that amateurs should set their carrier frequency 1.5 kHz lower than the channel center frequency. Effective March 5, 2012, amateurs are permitted to use digital modes that comply with emission designator 60H0J2B, which includes PSK31 as well as any RTTY signal with a bandwidth of less than 60 Hz. They may also use modes that comply with emission designator 2K80J2D, which includes any digital mode with a bandwidth of 2.8 kHz or less whose technical characteristics have been documented publicly, per Part 97.309(4) of the FCC Rules. Such modes would include PACTOR I, II or III, 300-baud packet, MFSK16, MT63, Contestia, Olivia, DominoEX and others. with a maximum effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 W. Radiated power must not exceed the equivalent of 100 W PEP transmitter output power into an antenna with a gain of 0 dBd.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
5330.5 kHz (carrier), 5332 kHz (center) < 100 W CW,RTTY, data, USB phone No test transmissions
5346.5 kHz (carrier), 5348 kHz (center) < 100 W CW, RTTY, data, USB phone No test transmissions
5357.0 kHz (carrier), 5358.5 kHz (center) < 100 W CW, RTTY, data, USB phone No test transmissions
5371.5 kHz (carrier), 5373 kHz (center) < 100 W CW, RTTY, data, USB phone No test transmissions
5403.5 kHz (carrier), 5405 kHz (center) < 100 W CW, RTTY, data, USB phone No test transmissions
40 Meters (7 MHz)
Phone and Image modes are permitted between 7.075 and 7.100 MHz for FCC licensed stations in ITU Regions 1 and 3 and by FCC licensed stations in ITU Region 2 West of 130 degrees West longitude or South of 20 degrees North latitude. See Sections 97.305(c) and 97.307(f)(11). Novice and Technician licensees outside ITU Region 2 may use CW only between 7.025 and 7.075 MHz and between 7.100 and 7.125 MHz. 7.200 to 7.300 MHz is not available outside ITU Region 2. See Section 97.301(e). These exemptions do not apply to stations in the continental US.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
7.025 - 7.125 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
7.175 - 7.3 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
30 Meters (10.1 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
10.1 - 10.15 MHz < 200 W CW, RTTY, data Avoid interference to fixed services outside the US. No test transmissions
20 Meters (14 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
14.025 - 14.15 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
14.225 - 14.35 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
17 Meters (18 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
18.068 - 18.11 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
18.11 - 18.168 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
15 Meters (21 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
21.025 - 21.2 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
21.275 - 21.45 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
12 Meters (24 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
24.89 - 24.93 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
24.93 - 24.99 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
10 Meters (28 Mhz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
28.0 - 28.3 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
28.3 - 29.7 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
6 Meters (50 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
50.0 - 50.1 MHz < 1500 W CW No test transmissions
50.1 - 54.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image No test transmissions below 51.0 MHz
2 Meters (144 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
144.0 - 144.1 MHz < 1500 W CW
144.1 - 148.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image
1.25 Meters (222 Mhz)
The FCC has allocated 219-220 MHz to amateur use on a secondary basis. This allocation is only for fixed digital message forwarding systems operated by all licensees except Novices. Amateur operations must not cause interference to, and must accept interference from, primary services in this and adjacent bands. Amateur stations are limited to 50 W PEP output and 100 kHz bandwidth. Automated Maritime Telecommunications Systems (AMTS) stations are the primary occupants in this band. Amateur stations within 398 miles of an AMTS station must notify the station in writing at least 30 days prior to beginning operations. Amateur stations within 50 miles of an AMTS station must get permission in writing from the AMTS station before beginning operations. The FCC requires that amateur operators provide written notification including the station's geographic location to the ARRL for inclusion in a database at least 30 days before beginning operations. See Section 97.303(e) of the FCC Rules.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
219.0 - 220.0 MHz < 1500 W Fixed digital message forwarding systems only
222.0 - 225.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image
70 cm (420 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
420.0 - 450.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image Geographical power restrictions apply
33 cm (902 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
902.0 - 928.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image Geographical power restrictions apply
23 cm (1240 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
1240 - 1300 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image Geographical power restrictions apply
2300 - 2310 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
2390 - 2450 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
3300 - 3500 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
5650 - 5925 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
10.0 - 10.5 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All No pulse emissions
24.0 - 24.25 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
47.0 - 47.2 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
77.0 - 81.0 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
122.25 - 123.0 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
134 - 141 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
241 - 250 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
All above 300 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All

Extra Privileges

2200 Meters (135 kHz)
To operate on 2200 or 630 meters, amateurs must first register with the Utilities Technology Council online at https://utc.org/plc-database-amateur-notification-process/. You need only register once for each band.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
135.7 - 137.8 kHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data, phone, image No test transmissions
630 Meters (472 kHz)
To operate on 2200 or 630 meters, amateurs must first register with the Utilities Technology Council online at https://utc.org/plc-database-amateur-notification-process/. You need only register once for each band.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
472.0 - 479.0 kHz < 5 W EIRP CW, RTTY, data, phone, image In Alaska within 496 miles of Russia the power limit is 1 W EIRP. No test transmissions
160 Meters (1.8 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
1.8 - 2.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data, phone, image Avoid interference to radiolocation operations from 1.9 - 2.0 MHz. No test transmissions
80 Meters (3.5 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
3.5 - 3.6 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
3.6 - 4.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
60 Meters (5.3 MHz)
The FCC has granted hams secondary access on USB only to five discrete 2.8-kHz-wide channels. Amateurs can not cause inference to and must accept interference from the Primary Government users. The NTIA says that hams planning to operate on 60 meters "must assure that their signal is transmitted on the channel center frequency." This means that amateurs should set their carrier frequency 1.5 kHz lower than the channel center frequency. Effective March 5, 2012, amateurs are permitted to use digital modes that comply with emission designator 60H0J2B, which includes PSK31 as well as any RTTY signal with a bandwidth of less than 60 Hz. They may also use modes that comply with emission designator 2K80J2D, which includes any digital mode with a bandwidth of 2.8 kHz or less whose technical characteristics have been documented publicly, per Part 97.309(4) of the FCC Rules. Such modes would include PACTOR I, II or III, 300-baud packet, MFSK16, MT63, Contestia, Olivia, DominoEX and others. with a maximum effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 W. Radiated power must not exceed the equivalent of 100 W PEP transmitter output power into an antenna with a gain of 0 dBd.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
5330.5 kHz (carrier), 5332 kHz (center) < 100 W CW,RTTY, data, USB phone No test transmissions
5346.5 kHz (carrier), 5348 kHz (center) < 100 W CW, RTTY, data, USB phone No test transmissions
5357.0 kHz (carrier), 5358.5 kHz (center) < 100 W CW, RTTY, data, USB phone No test transmissions
5371.5 kHz (carrier), 5373 kHz (center) < 100 W CW, RTTY, data, USB phone No test transmissions
5403.5 kHz (carrier), 5405 kHz (center) < 100 W CW, RTTY, data, USB phone No test transmissions
40 Meters (7 MHz)
Phone and Image modes are permitted between 7.075 and 7.100 MHz for FCC licensed stations in ITU Regions 1 and 3 and by FCC licensed stations in ITU Region 2 West of 130 degrees West longitude or South of 20 degrees North latitude. See Sections 97.305(c) and 97.307(f)(11). Novice and Technician licensees outside ITU Region 2 may use CW only between 7.025 and 7.075 MHz and between 7.100 and 7.125 MHz. 7.200 to 7.300 MHz is not available outside ITU Region 2. See Section 97.301(e). These exemptions do not apply to stations in the continental US.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
7.0 - 7.125 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
7.125 - 7.3 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
30 Meters (10.1 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
10.1 - 10.15 MHz < 200 W CW, RTTY, data Avoid interference to fixed services outside the US. No test transmissions
20 Meters (14 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
14.0 - 14.15 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
14.15 - 14.35 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
17 Meters (18 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
18.068 - 18.11 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
18.11 - 18.168 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
15 Meters (21 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
21.0 - 21.2 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
21.2 - 21.45 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
12 Meters (24 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
24.89 - 24.93 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
24.93 - 24.99 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
10 Meters (28 Mhz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
28.0 - 28.3 MHz < 1500 W CW, RTTY, data No test transmissions
28.3 - 29.7 MHz < 1500 W CW, phone, image No test transmissions
6 Meters (50 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
50.0 - 50.1 MHz < 1500 W CW No test transmissions
50.1 - 54.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image No test transmissions below 51.0 MHz
2 Meters (144 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
144.0 - 144.1 MHz < 1500 W CW
144.1 - 148.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image
1.25 Meters (222 Mhz)
The FCC has allocated 219-220 MHz to amateur use on a secondary basis. This allocation is only for fixed digital message forwarding systems operated by all licensees except Novices. Amateur operations must not cause interference to, and must accept interference from, primary services in this and adjacent bands. Amateur stations are limited to 50 W PEP output and 100 kHz bandwidth. Automated Maritime Telecommunications Systems (AMTS) stations are the primary occupants in this band. Amateur stations within 398 miles of an AMTS station must notify the station in writing at least 30 days prior to beginning operations. Amateur stations within 50 miles of an AMTS station must get permission in writing from the AMTS station before beginning operations. The FCC requires that amateur operators provide written notification including the station's geographic location to the ARRL for inclusion in a database at least 30 days before beginning operations. See Section 97.303(e) of the FCC Rules.
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
219.0 - 220.0 MHz < 1500 W Fixed digital message forwarding systems only
222.0 - 225.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image
70 cm (420 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
420.0 - 450.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image Geographical power restrictions apply
33 cm (902 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
902.0 - 928.0 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image Geographical power restrictions apply
23 cm (1240 MHz)
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
1240 - 1300 MHz < 1500 W CW, MCW, RTTY, data, phone, image Geographical power restrictions apply
2300 - 2310 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
2390 - 2450 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
3300 - 3500 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
5650 - 5925 MHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
10.0 - 10.5 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All No pulse emissions
24.0 - 24.25 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
47.0 - 47.2 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
77.0 - 81.0 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
122.25 - 123.0 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
134 - 141 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
241 - 250 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All
All above 300 GHz
Frequency Power Modes Restrictions
All < 1500 W All