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Guide to Scanners
Understanding Scanners
Types of Scanners
Scanner Accessories
Trouble- shooting
Reception Issues
Chasing Birdies
Image Reception
Legal Issues
Scanning Hints
Standard Frequencies
Usage and Intervals
Band Allocation
Frequency Conversion
Additional Resources
Scanner Glossary
 

 RadioShack Guide to Scanners

Typical and Primary Band Usage, and Standard Intervals

Typical Band Usage

HF Band (3.0 - 30.0 MHz)
25.00 - 28.63 MHz Mid Range
25.00 - 28.63 MHz Mid Range
28.00 - 29.70 MHz 10-Meter Amateur Band
29.70 - 29.90 MHz High Range
VHF Band (30.00 - 300.0 MHz)
30.00 - 50.00 MHz Low range
50.00 - 54.00 MHz 6-Meter Amateur
54.00 - 72.00 MHz FM-TV Audio Broadcast, Wide Band
88.00 - 108.00 MHz FM Radio Broadcast, Wide Band
108.00 - 136.00 MHz Aircraft
138.00 - 144.00 MHz U.S. Government
144.00 - 148.00 MHz 2-Meter Amateur
148.00 - 174.00 MHz High Range
220.00 - 222.00 MHz New Mobile Narrow Band
222.00 - 225.00 MHz 1.3-Meter Amateur
225.00 - 287.80 MHz Military Aircraft
UHF Band (300.00 MHz - 3.0 GHz)
311.00 - 384.00 MHz Military Aircraft
406.00 - 470.00 MHz U.S. Government
420.00 - 450.00 MHz 0.6-Meter Amateur
450.00 - 470.00 MHz Low Range
470.00 - 806.00 MHz FM-TV Audio Broadcast, Wide Band
851.00 - 856.00 MHz Conventional Systems
856.00 - 861.00 MHz Conventional/Trunked Systems
861.00 - 866.00 MHz Trunked Systems
866.00 - 869.00 MHz Public Safety
869.00 - 894.00 MHz Common Carrier
935.00 - 940.00 MHz Private Trunked
940.00 - 941.00 MHz General Trunked

Primary Usage

As a general rule, most of the radio activity is concentrated on the following frequencies:

VHF Band (30.00 - 300.0 MHz)
144.00 - 148.00 MHz 2-Meter Amateur
153.785 - 155.980 MHz Government, Police, and Fire
158.730 - 159.460 MHz Emergency Services
160.000 - 161.900 MHz Railroad
UHF Band (300.00 MHz - 3.0 GHz)
440.00 - 450.00 MHz 0.6-Meter Amateur Band FM Repeaters
450.000 - 470.000 MHz Land Mobile "Paired" Frequencies
451.025 - 454.950 MHz Base Stations
456.025 - 459.950 MHz Mobile Units
460.025 - 464.975 MHz Repeater Units
465.025 - 469.975 MHz Control Stations

Note: UHF remote control stations and mobile units typically operate at 5 MHz higher than their associated base and relay repeater units.

Specified Intervals

Frequencies in different bands are accessible only at specific intervals. For example:

VHF, HAM, and Government 5.0 kHz steps
All Others 12.5 kHz steps
Aircraft 25.0 kHz steps

Note: Your scanner may round the entered frequency to the nearest valid frequency. For example, if you try to enter 151.473, the scanner might accept this as 151.470.


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