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General Class Frequency Privileges in Ham Radio

By H. Ward Silver

Part of Ham Radio For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Soon, if you haven’t done so already, you’ll be thinking about upgrading. You have many more frequencies to use on the high-frequency (HF) bands, as shown in the following table. A complete chart of the U.S. frequency and mode privileges for all license classes is available from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Band Frequencies (in MHz) Mode
160, 60, 30 meters All amateur privileges
80 meters 3.525 – 3.600

3.800 – 4.000

CW, RTTY, data

CW, phone, image

40 meters 7.025 – 7.125

7.175 – 7.300

CW, RTTY, data

CW, phone, image

20 meters 14.025 – 14.150

14.225 – 14.350

CW, RTTY, data

CW, phone, image

15 meters 21.025 – 21.200

21.275 – 21.450

CW, RTTY, data

CW, phone, image

17, 12, 10 meters All amateur privileges
Above 50 MHz All amateur privileges

CW = Morse code; RTTY = radioteletype.