Radio Frequency Reference

Frequencies, Ranges and Their Uses


This is a notes post and may not be as easy to follow as a de facto blog post.

FM

CB Radio

26.965 MHz - 27.405 MHz

Citizens Band Radio is a radio service that used to be very popular. Transmissions often travel for tens of miles.

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ISS SSTV Downlink

145.800 MHz

The International Space Station constantly orbits the Earth and broadcasts pictures using Slow Scan Television.  Here's an example of the eerie sound you hear as the image is received over the radio and rendered.

Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS)

151 MHz - 154 MHz

Some consumer walkie-talkies operate on these frequencies. Scanning up and down this range should have you land on some walkie-talkies operating on a couple of channels. Transmitting on these frequencies typically doesn't require a license.

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NOAA Weather Broadcast

162.500 MHz

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broadcasts local weather 24/7.

General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)

462 MHz - 467 MHz

Some consumer walkie-talkies operate on these frequencies, but transmitting on these require an FCC license in the US.

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Family Radio Service (FRS)

462 MHz - 467 MHz

Most consumer walkie-talkies operate on these frequencies. Scanning up and down this range should have you land on some walkie-talkies operating on a couple of channels. Transmitting on these frequencies typically doesn't require a license.

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AM

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