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Handy Shortwave Chart
Bill McFadden
billmc@agora.rdrop.com

Band allocations and time zone conversions for the USA.  Includes broadcast
bands used outside the USA.  For multi-use bands, primary usage is shown.
Some stations operate outside official bands.  Information is from Oct 2005
FCC rules and Jan 2006 NTIA manual, see Chapter 4 of:
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/osmhome/redbook/redbook.html

Frequencies are in kHz.  Usual spacing in shortwave broadcast bands is
5 kHz.  Frequencies above 10000 kHz tend to propagate better during the day;
frequencies below 10000 kHz tend to propagate better at night.

Please e-mail suggestions and corrections to billmc@agora.rdrop.com.

 SHORTWAVE BROADCAST BANDS                   UNITED STATES TIME ZONES

 2300 -  2495   120 Meters                         PDT     MDT     CDT     EDT
 3200 -  3400    90 Meters         GMT     PST     MST     CST     EST
 3900 -  4000    75 Meters         --------------------------------------------
 4750 -  5060    60 Meters         0000    4 PM    5 PM    6 PM    7 PM    8 PM
 5900 -  6200    49 Meters         0100    5 PM    6 PM    7 PM    8 PM    9 PM
 7100 -  7450    41 Meters         0200    6 PM    7 PM    8 PM    9 PM   10 PM
 9400 -  9900    31 Meters         0300    7 PM    8 PM    9 PM   10 PM   11 PM
11600 - 12100    25 Meters         0400    8 PM    9 PM   10 PM   11 PM   12 AM
13570 - 13870    22 Meters         0500    9 PM   10 PM   11 PM   12 AM    1 AM
15100 - 15800    19 Meters         0600   10 PM   11 PM   12 AM    1 AM    2 AM
17480 - 17900    16 Meters         0700   11 PM   12 AM    1 AM    2 AM    3 AM
18900 - 19020    15 Meters         0800   12 AM    1 AM    2 AM    3 AM    4 AM
21450 - 21850    13 Meters         0900    1 AM    2 AM    3 AM    4 AM    5 AM
25670 - 26100    11 Meters         1000    2 AM    3 AM    4 AM    5 AM    6 AM
                                   1100    3 AM    4 AM    5 AM    6 AM    7 AM
                                   1200    4 AM    5 AM    6 AM    7 AM    8 AM
    AMATEUR PHONE BANDS            1300    5 AM    6 AM    7 AM    8 AM    9 AM
                                   1400    6 AM    7 AM    8 AM    9 AM   10 AM
 1800 -  2000   160 Meters         1500    7 AM    8 AM    9 AM   10 AM   11 AM
 3750 -  4000    75 Meters         1600    8 AM    9 AM   10 AM   11 AM   12 PM
 7150 -  7300    40 Meters         1700    9 AM   10 AM   11 AM   12 PM    1 PM
14150 - 14350    20 Meters         1800   10 AM   11 AM   12 PM    1 PM    2 PM
18110 - 18168    17 Meters         1900   11 AM   12 PM    1 PM    2 PM    3 PM
21200 - 21450    15 Meters         2000   12 PM    1 PM    2 PM    3 PM    4 PM
24930 - 24990    12 Meters         2100    1 PM    2 PM    3 PM    4 PM    5 PM
28300 - 29700    10 Meters         2200    2 PM    3 PM    4 PM    5 PM    6 PM
                                   2300    3 PM    4 PM    5 PM    6 PM    7 PM

     AMATEUR CW BANDS
                                                 OTHER BANDS
 1800 -  2000   160 Meters
 3500 -  3750    80 Meters         153 -   279   Longwave, Non-US, 9kHz Spacing
 7000 -  7150    40 Meters         540 -  1700   Mediumwave, 10 kHz Spacing
10100 - 10150    30 Meters         531 -  1602   MW, Non-US, 9 kHz Spacing
14000 - 14150    20 Meters        1900 -  2000   Radiolocation
18068 - 18110    17 Meters       13360 - 13410   Radio Astronomy
21000 - 21200    15 Meters       25550 - 25670   Radio Astronomy
24890 - 24930    12 Meters       25850 - 26480   Remote Broadcast Pickup
28000 - 28300    10 Meters       26960 - 27410   Citizens' Band


     FIXED SERVICE BANDS         AIRCRAFT BANDS    MARINE BANDS    LAND MOBILE
 
 1705 -  1800   13410 - 13570     2850 -  3155     2000 -  2107   25010 - 25070
 2107 -  2170   13870 - 14000     3400 -  3500     2170 -  2194   25210 - 25330
 2194 -  2850   14350 - 14990     4650 -  4750     4063 -  4438   26175 - 26480
 3155 -  3400   15800 - 16360     5450 -  5730     6200 -  6525   27410 - 27540
 4000 -  4063   17410 - 17480     6525 -  6765     8195 -  8815   29700 - 29800
 4438 -  4650   18030 - 18068     8815 -  9040    12230 - 13200
 4750 -  5450   18168 - 18780    10005 - 10100    16360 - 17410
 5730 -  5900   19020 - 19680    11175 - 11400    18780 - 18900   US GOVERNMENT
 6765 -  7000   19800 - 21000    13200 - 13360    19680 - 19800
 7400 -  8195   21850 - 21924    15010 - 15100    22000 - 22855   25330 - 25550
 9040 -  9400   22855 - 23200    17900 - 18030    25070 - 25210   26480 - 26950
 9900 -  9995   23350 - 24890    21924 - 22000    26100 - 26175   27540 - 28000
10150 - 11175   26950 - 26960    23200 - 23350                    29890 - 29910
11400 - 11600   29800 - 29890
12100 - 12230   29910 - 30000

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Bill McFadden     billmc@agora.rdrop.com    http://www.rdrop.com/users/billmc
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