Ham Radio For Dummies, 4th Edition
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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 CW, RTTY, data
3.800–4.000 CW, phone, image
40 meters 7.025–7.125 CW, RTTY, data
7.175–7.300 CW, phone, image
20 meters 14.025–14.150 CW, RTTY, data
14.225–14.350 CW, phone, image
15 meters 21.025–21.200 CW, RTTY, data
21.275–21.450 CW, phone, image
17, 12, 10 meters All amateur privileges
Above 50 MHz All amateur privileges
CW = Morse code; RTTY = radioteletype.

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H. Ward Silver earned his Novice radio license in 1972, and his ham radio experiences led to a 20-year engineering career designing microprocessor-based products and medical devices. He is the lead editor of two amateur radio technical guides from the American Radio Relay League and author of Two-Way Radios and Scanners For Dummies.

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