May 14, 2017

Sparks31 Official Frequency List For Newly-Minted Technician Class Licenses

For more detailed information see

2m Band (144-148 MC.)

Technician class privileges are CW: 144.000-144.100 MC., All Modes: 144.100-148.000 MC.)

144.100 - CW
144.200 - SSB (USB)
146.520 - FM

6m Band (50-54 MC.)

Technician class privileges are CW: 50.000-50.100 MC., All Modes: 50.100-54.000 MC.

50.090 - CW
50.125 - SSB (USB)
50.400 - AM
52.525 - FM

10m Band (28-29.700 MC.)

Technician class privileges are CW: 28.00-28.300 MC, CW/SSB: 28.300-28.500 MC.
28.110 - CW
28.385 - SSB (USB)

40m Band (7000-7300 KC.)

Technician class privileges are CW: 7025-7125 KC.
7030 - CW
7110 - CW

80/75m Band (3500-4000 KC.)

Technician class privileges are CW: 3525-3600 KC.
3560-3580 - CW (The old NTSC TV Colorburst frequency is 3579.5 KC.  Many homebrew/QRP rigs use this frequency because of dirt common crystal capability.)


These frequencies are common calling frequencies in the Technician (and higher class license) portions of their respective bands. Some of them have had their status for decades. That is what's special about them.

Yes, there are other HF and VHF Amateur Radio frequencies that have been adopted by various survivalist, "patriot", "prepper", and "threeper" groups as of late.  However, none of those frequencies have been used as common calling and "watering hole" frequencies for as long as the ones I've listed.

As a newly-minted Technician class ham license holder, regardless of your sociopolitical leanings (whatever they may be), your primary (and really only at this time) radio communications objective is to get a station on the air, and get up to speed with proper operating technique.  Not just on Two Meter FM with an HT, but also (with CW) on lower frequency bands that work better without having to rely on repeaters.  The frequencies I listed are among the most likely in the bands where you'll either hear someone calling CQ, or have someone reply quicker to your calling CQ.

"We have discussed this before," continued Frank in a tautological tone as he pocketed the Colt. "You are to keep that sort of thing out of my world." "If you chose to do otherwise, you can go back to pawnshop C.B.s."

1 comment:

  1. I'm not a new Tech class operator, but I appreciate how this frequency info can be helpful to them. It was helpful to me even though I've had my General class license for almost 10 years. During that time I have had SSB and some AM contacts on 160, 80, 60, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10 meters, and of course FM contacts on 2 M and 440. It was not until reading Sparks's post about the frequencies for new Tech licensees that I really thought at all about 6 meters. My transceiver has 6M capability for USB, AM, and FM but I never thought about trying it. After seeing his frequency suggestions for 6M, I turned the radio on yesterday AM and set it to 50.125 USB and in about a minute I heard a guy calling from down south in LA (I am in NE USA) and I had my very first 6M contact ever! I am now kind of interested in 2M USB and AM, but alas my transceiver tops out at 60 MC and I am only set up for FM on 2M and 440. I suspect that if the times got tough and society went sideways, the radio club 2M FM repeaters would go down relatively soon in the course of things and 2M would be useful for local comm's but it would probably need to be SSB, so something to think about in terms of expanded capabilities for someday down the road when funds are available. Then again, I am just guessing. But thanks for the frequency list and the push it gave me to try 6M. I'll try to play with that for a while. I read somewheres on the WEB that 6M propagation is usually best around the summer and winter solstices. Summer is coming up in a few weeks.