Amateur Radio

I have a Technician's class license. This defines me as a mostly 6 meter and above operator, though I can use CW from 3.525 to 6.600, 7.025 to 7.125, and 21.025 to 21.200 Mhz. In the 10 meter band, Techs can use 28.0 to 28.3 for RTTY and data, 28.3 to 28.5 Mhz for SSB voice.

6 meters: 50-54 Mhz.  A great long range VHF band. CW from 50.0 to 50.1 Mhz. Not too many repeaters here in Minnesota. The Big Four (Alinco, Icom, Kenwood and Yaesu) are making HF rigs with 6 meter capabilities. With band openings, contesters pile on, following tropospheric ducting as if they were snakes lining up behind Saint Patrick.

2 meters: 144-150 Mhz. Default VHF band. CW from 144.0 to 144.1. Everything else from 144.1 to 148 Mhz. Satellite uplinks. Every ham and Skywarn volunteer needs to own at least one 2 meter rig. Buy at least one mobile and one HT. Minnesota Emergency packet net on 145.67 and 145.01, APRS on 144.39.

1.25 meters: 222-225 Mhz. United Parcel Service wanted part of the spectrum, they didn't do anything with it, and the FCC didn't give it back to us. 219 to 220 used only for "fixed digital message forwarding systems". Band is almost vacant. It's the place to be for experimenting and getting away from rag chewers, contesters, repeater clubs and people complaining about their medical conditions. Wouxun has a dual band 2m/1.25m HT and Alinco is the only other manufacturer of note that cares to sell real 220 radios.

70 centimeters: 420 to 450 Mhz. Secondary to radar. Ridiculous amounts of repeaters. Lots of real estate here for experimental modes. Satellite downlinks. Packet drops off fast here due to free space attenuation and urban clutter.

33 centimeters: 902 to 928 Mhz. Alinco has released a 220/902 HT. Not very active.

23 centimeters: 1240 to 1300 Mhz. Mostly D-Star, otherwise not very active.

13 centimeters and above. Purely experimental with some uwave operators.