UHF Citizens Band: a modest proposal


  1. The purpose of the Citizens Radio Service was created to facilitate short range communications;

  2. Line of sight communication in the UHF spectrum is sufficient;

  3. Amplitude modulation is susceptible to static and interference; 

  4. Propagation characteristics of the 10 meter band is unsuitable for that purpose — local communications do not need atmospheric propagation; and,

  5. Local radio communications do not require linear amplifiers which create radio frequency pollution and excessive power levels that far exceed allowable MPE limits —


I propose the following — that Part 95 of Chapter 1 of Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations are amended as follows:

  • The Citizens Band Radio Service shall be a private, short-distance voice communications service for personal or business activities of the general public in the 462 and 467 mHz bands.

  • The General Mobile Radio Service is abolished. All current licensees may operate until the expiration date of their license. No new GMRS radios may be sold or placed into operation.

  • The Family Radio Service is abolished. All persons currently operating with existing equipment may do so, however, no new FRS radios may be sold or placed into operation.

  • The Citizen’s Band Radio Service in the 11 meter band is abolished. No operation may take place in that band. No new 11 meter radios may be sold or placed into operation.

  • Frequencies allowed for use are 462.5500 to 462.7250 mHz and 467.5500 to 467.7250 mHz in 12.5 kHz steps. This will give users 30 channels.

  • The frequencies authorized are available on a shared basis only and will not be assigned for the exclusive use of any entity.

  • The highest point of any antenna must not be more than 6.1 meters (20 feet) above the ground or above the existing structure on which it is mounted.

  • The maximum allowable power output for base, fixed, and mobile units shall be no more than 25 watts effective radiated power.

  • The maximum allowable transmitter power for handheld units shall be more more than 5 watts.

  • Narrow band frequency modulation shall be required.

  • Repeater operation shall be prohibited.

  • Encryption shall be prohibited.

  • Broadcasting shall be prohibited.

  • Tone coded and digital coded squelch may be used.

  • Paging systems are allowed, provided: the power output shall be a maximum of 2 watts effective radiated power. This limitation shall not apply to paging systems that utilize radiating coaxial cable placed in an existing structure, however, under no circumstances shall the power output exceed 25 watts effective radiated power.

  • Part 90 type accepted radios shall be permitted