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"Free Band" Users in the 25-30 MHz Spectrum

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     This is a list of some common Free Band users in this spectrum. Please remember that these users are not licensed nor are they legally allocated to use these frequencies.  But they are there, and talking long distances around the world.

AM = AMPLITUDE MODULATION
FM = FREQUENCY MODULATION
LSB = LOWER SIDEBAND
PKT = PACKET
SSB = SINGLE SIDEBAND
USB = UPPER SIDEBAND
EE = ENGLISH
FF = FRENCH
GG = GERMAN
SS = SPANISH


26.000
26.005 AM - SS Spanish Language Taxi Dispatch
26.010
26.015
26.020
26.025
26.030
26.035
26.040
26.045
26.050
26.055
26.060
26.065 AM - SS Spanish Language Taxi Dispatch
26.070
26.075
26.080
26.085
26.090
26.095
26.100
26.105 AM - EE Truckers
26.110
26.115
26.120
26.125
26.130
26.135
26.140
26.145
26.150
26.155
26.160
26.165
26.170
26.175
26.180
26.185
26.190
26.195
26.200
26.205
26.210
26.215 USB - SS Latin America SSB activity
       (similar to 26.225 USB)
26.220
26.225 USB  USA and Puerto Rico
26.230
26.235
26.240 USB - SS Latin America SSB activity
       (similar to 26.225 USB)

26.245
26.250
26.255
26.260
26.265
26.270
26.275
26.280
26.285 CALLING - EUROPE
26.290
26.295
26.300
26.305 AM - EE Truckers
26.310
26.315
26.320
26.325 SS/AM
26.330 EE/USB
26.335
26.340
26.345
26.350
26.355
26.360
26.365
26.370
26.375 SS/AM
26.380
26.385
26.390
26.395
26.400
26.405 AM - EE/SS
26.410
26.415
26.420
26.425 Echo Echo Polish cb-club calling channel
26.430
26.435
26.440
26.445
26.450
26.455
26.460
26.465
26.470
26.475
26.480
26.485
26.490
26.495
26.500 USB - SS 
26.505
26.510
26.515  North Western Louisiana/East Texas/
        South Western Arkansas (Ark-La-Tex area)
26.520
26.525
26.530
26.535
26.540  LSB - SS Latin America SSB activity
        (similar to 26.555 LSB)
26.545
26.550
26.555  LSB. USA and Republica Dominicana
26.560
26.565
26.570 LSB - SS Latin America SSB activity
      (similar to 26.555 LSB)
26.575 SS/AM
26.575 SS AM From Mexico
26.585 SS AM From Mexico
26.580
26.585 SS/AM
26.590
26.595
26.600
26.605
26.610
26.615
26.620
26.625
26.625 SS AM From Mexico/ Periodic signal
26.630
26.635  North Western Louisiana/East Texas/
        South Western Arkansas (Ark-La-Tex area)
26.640
26.645
26.650
26.655
26.660
26.665  North Western Louisiana/East Texas /
        South Western Arkansas (Ark-La-Tex area)
26.670
26.675
26.680
26.685  Conway Over the Road
        Trucks I-81 corridor (East Coast)
26.690
26.695
26.700
26.705 AM - SS Puerto Rico/Southern FL
       (similar to 26.715)
26.710
26.715 SS AM USA and Puerto Rico -
       BIG RADIOS! Shootout channel
26.720
26.725 AM - SS - Puerto Rico/Southern FL
       (similar to 26.715)
26.730
26.735 AM ABF drivers in AR and TX
26.740
26.745
26.750
26.755
26.760
26.765
26.770
26.775 AM - EE Southern USA
26.780
26.785 EE/AM
26.790
26.795
26.800
26.805 AM ABF drivers all over
26.810
26.815 " ORLANDO, FL"
26.820
26.825
26.830
26.835 EE/AM
26.840
26.845 AM - EE Southern USA
26.850
26.855
26.860
26.865
26.870
26.875
26.880
26.885 AM - EE Southern USA
26.890
26.895
26.900
26.905
26.910
26.915 Very busy in the southern states.
26.920
26.925
26.930
26.935 AM - EE Southern USA
26.940
26.945
26.950
26.955
26.960
26.965 - 27.405 US CB Band
27.375 Alaska Call Channel LSB
27.410 SS/USB
27.415 AM - SS Spanish Language Taxi Dispatch
       (likely from Mexico)
27.415 EE/SS/LSB
27.420 EE/LSB SS/USB
27.425 EE/LSB call Channel DX LSB
27.430
27.435 EE/LSB
       DX tour tri state area NY, NJ and CT
       Michigan LSB

27.440 LSB - EE DX calling channel 
27.445 AM - SS Spanish Language Taxi Dispatch
27.445 LSB - EE Virginia Sidebanders Group 
27.445 LSB - EE Southern Wisconsin SSB net
27.445 SS/USB
27.450 EE/LSB
27.455(LSB)Canada DX Club
       EE/USB SS/USB
27.460 EE/LSB
27.465 EE/LSB Southern Vermont and Southern
              New Hampshire operating daily
              from 6-9PM
27.465 AM -   Italian AM DX shootout channel
              (high power, similar to 26.715)
27.470
27.475 EE/LSB SS/USB
27.480 EE/LSB
27.485 EE/LSB
27.490
27.495 EE/LSB
27.500 PC GROUP ITALY
27.500 CW (Morse Code) and 11 meter
             beacon frequency (primary)
27.505 EE/SS/LSB
27.510
27.515 EE/LSB / KNIGHT PATROL (USB)
         what I like to call the
         "Jamaican Connection"
27.515 AM - SS Spanish Language Taxi Dispatch 
27.520 SS/USB
27.525 EE/USB
27.530 EE/SS/USB 3AT295 SAN PALO BRAZIL
              USB - EE Europe
27.535 EE/LSB
27.540 EE/LSB /USB - EE Europe
27.545 LSB American Radio Club of Tampa.
       Evenings & weekends
27.550 CW (Morse Code) and 11 meter
            beacon frequency (secondary)
27.555 INT'L CALLING / AT DX GROUP
27.560
27.565 EE/LSB/ WD GROUP ITALY / KUWAIT
       ARABIA INTL DX GROUP
27.570 EE/LSB
27.575 EE/LSB / AMERICAN MODULATORS
       SOUTH OHIO (LSB)
27.580
27.585 EE/LSB
27.590 EE/LSB
27.595
27.600 EE/USB / KUWAIT ARABIA INTL DX GROUP
27.605 LSB on Saturday night at 2030-2130
27.610 EE/USB
27.615 EE/LSB
27.620
27.625 EE/LSB
27.635 AM/EE/ I-90 Tollway Northern IL,
       Northern IL Truckers Discussion band
27.640
27.645 SS/LSB/USB
27.650 EE/LSB
27.655
27.660 EE/LSB
27.665 SS/USB
27.670
27.675 EE/LSB SS/USB
27.680 Europe. ..Italy. ..Scotland...USB
27.685 SS/LSB
27.690
27.695 SS/USB/LSB
27.700 AT group SSTV
27.705 SS/LSB
27.710 SS/LSB
27.715 SS/USB/LSB
27.720
27.725 SS/LSB/USB
27.730 EE/LSB
27.735
27.740
27.745 SS/USB/LSB
27.750
27.755 SS/USB
27.760
27.765 SS/LSB
27.770 USB - Brazil
27.775 SS/AM/USB brazil
27.780
27.785 AM/USB - Europe 
27.790
27.795 LSB/USB Ohio
27.800 AT group SSTV
27.805 SS/USB
27.810
27.815
27.820
27.825 SS/USB
27.830
27.835 SS/LSB
27.840
27.845 SS/USB
27.850
27.855
27.860
27.865
27.870
27.875
27.880
27.885 SS/LSB
27.890
27.895
27.900
27.905 AM - EE/SS
27.910
27.915 AM - EE/SS
27.920
27.925 AM - EE Truckers
27.930
27.935
27.940
27.945 SS/LSB
27.950
27.955
27.960
27.965
27.970
27.975
27.980 KUWAIT CB CLUB
27.985
27.990
29.705
29.710
29.715
29.720
29.725
29.730
29.735
29.740
29.745
29.750
29.755
29.760
29.765
29.770
29.775
29.780
29.785
29.790
29.795
29.800
29.805
29.810
29.815
29.820
29.825
29.830
29.835
29.840
29.845
29.850
29.855
29.860
29.865
29.870
29.875
29.880
28.885
29.890
29.895
29.900
29.905
29.910
29.915
29.920
29.925
29.930
29.935
29.940
29.945
29.950
29.955
29.960
29.965
29.970
29.975
29.980
29.985
29.990
29.995

 

   
 

Australian Channels

26.965 = AM CH 1
26.975 = AM CH 2
26.985 = AM CH 3
26.005 = AM CH 4
27.015 = AM CH 5
27.025 = AM CH 6
27.035 = AM CH 7
27.045 = none
27.055 = AM CH 8
27.065 = AM CH 9 Emergency call channel
27.075 = AM CH 10
27.085 = 11 - Australia AM call channel
27.095 = none
27.105 = 12 NEW SOUTH WHALES local truck
27.115 = 13 AM
27.125 = 14 AM
27.135 = 15 AM
27.145 = none
27.155 = 16 AM
27.165 = 17 AM
27.175 = 18 AM
27.185 = 19 AM
27.195 = none
27.205 = 20 AM
27.215 = 21 AM
27.225 = 22 AM
27.235 = 23 AM
27.245 = 24 AM
27.255 = 25 AM
27.265 = 26 AM
27.275 = 27 AM
27.285 = 28 AM
27.295 = 29 AM
27.305 = 30 LSB
27.315 = 31 LSB
27.325 = 32 LSB
27.335 = 33 LSB
27.345 = 34 LSB
27.355 = 35 LSB - Australian LSB call channel very active still
27.365 = 36 LSB
27.375 = 37 LSB
27.385 = 38 LSB
27.395 = 39 LSB
27.405 = 40 LSB

 

 

Thanks to Phillip Sperry
for the following information:

While there is the European Standardized Paging Band 26.225 - 26.935 MHz (except in Germany where this clashes with their 26.565 - 27.405 CB allocation), I was able to find the actual channelized frequencies for the UK.


These are voice paging frequencies in addition to having data capability:

26.2375
26.4100
26.4375
26.4625
26.5450
26.5850
26.5900
26.6050
26.6155
26.6695
26.7255
26.8155
26.8650
26.8670



South African 29 MHz CB 23 channel band allocations.
 

Ch01 - 29.7100
Ch02 - 29.7225
Ch03 - 29.7350
Ch04 - 29.7475
Ch05 - 29.7600
Ch06 - 29.7725
Ch07 - 29.7850
Ch08 - 29.7975
Ch09 - 29.8100
Ch10 - 29.8225
Ch11 - 29.8350
Ch12 - 29.8475
Ch13 - 29.8600
Ch14 - 29.8725
Ch15 - 29.8850
Ch16 - 29.8975
Ch17 - 29.9100
Ch18 - 29.9225
Ch19 - 29.9350
Ch20 - 29.9475
Ch21 - 29.9600
Ch22 - 29.9725
Ch23 - 29.9850
 

CB radio Japan:

Channel 1:  26.968
Channel 2:  26.976
Channel 3:  27.040
Channel 4:  27.080
Channel 5:  27.088
Channel 6:  27.112
Channel 7:  27.120
Channel 8:  27.144

Other frequencies in between these are used for Marine usage (much like 27.68 - 27.98 is in Aus. and New Zealand).  

 

CB radio India:

26.964 Hobbyist comms
26.968 [offset] Mountaineering
26.972 Hobbyist comms
26.976 [offset] Mountaineering
26.980 Highway comms
26.988 spare
26.996 spare
27.004 Radio-controlled model aircraft
27.012 Rural comms
27.020 Radio-controlled devices, ex. garage door openers, alarms
27.028 Rural comms
27.036 Hobbyist comms
27.044 Highway emergency ( to contact police )
27.052 Highway emergency ( to contact EMS )
27.060 Marine lifesaving comms
27.068 Marine lifesaving comms
27.076 Disaster relief
27.084 Disaster relief
27.092 Forestry
27.100 Forestry
27.108 Radio-controlled devices, ex. garage door openers, alarms
27.116 Radio-controlled model aircraft
27.124 Hobbyist comms
27.132 spare
27.140 Mountaineering
27.148 Radio-controlled model aircraft
27.155 [offset] Radio-controlled models, general
27.156 Radio-controlled model aircraft
27.164 spare
27.172 Rural comms
27.180 spare
27.188 spare
27.196 spare
27.204 Mountaineering
27.212 Rural comms
27.220 Sports events
27.225 [offset] Radio-controlled models, general
27.228 Radio-controlled model aircraft
27.236 Highway comms
27.244 Sports events
27.250 [offset] Radio-controlled toys and gadgets
27.252 spare
27.260 Radio-controlled toys and gadgets
27.268 spare
27.276 spare



In Europe, 27MHz is also used for model control (like it is here in the U.S.) but the have more 27 MHz frequencies:  

26.955 European RC
26.960 European RC
27.230 European RC
27.240 European RC
27.410 European RC

27.415 European RC

New Zealand and other countries use these 29MHz band freq

26.875 - 27.405 Italy (standard 26.965 - 27.405 + extras)

26.565 - 27.405 - Germany (first 40 channels are same as US channels, then 41-80 are 26.565 - 26.955 in a straight 10kHz sequence)

Polish "Zeros" assignment are -5kHz from US/European standard (for example, Channel 40 is 27.405, but the Polish assignment is 27.400)

Brazil is 26.965 - 27.845 10 kHz steps

The UK uses the standard 26.965 - 27.405 allocation plus 27.60125 - 27.99125 in 10 kHz steps for a total of 80 channels 40+40.  Source

In addition, Ireland and the UK have a Community Audio Distribution System that operates on the same 40 channels as the UK's high band CB (27.60125 - 27.99125).  Ireland has 80 staggered channels for this purpose (called the Wireless Public Address System).  This system is low power (5-10 watt) transmitters used to broadcast church masses, etc.  Source


The "LW" channels are used legally in the
UK/Northern Ireland and Ireland whereas the "UW" channels are only legal in Ireland but are commonly used in the UK.

LW01 - LW40:  27.60125 - 27.99125 straight 10 kHz sequence (same as UK 40 channel CB, commonly referred to as "CB27/81" or "UKFM".  Most CB in Europe is FM, although some countries allow for AM and SSB as well).  

UW01 - UW40: 27.605 - 27.995 straight 10 kHz sequence.  The
UK and many other European countries have a paging allocation from 26.225 - 26.935, although the pagers are usually low power.  Some pagers in the U.S.A. still operate 25 watt FM (legally under Part 95) on 27.255 MHz (CB channel 23)

 

29.725 Australian RC Channel 10 / New Zealand RC Channel 272
29.735 Australian RC Channel 11
29.745 Australian RC Channel 12 / New Zealand RC Channel 274
29.755 Australian RC Channel 13
29.765 Australian RC Channel 14 / New Zealand RC Channel 276
29.775 Australian RC Channel 15
29.785 Australian RC Channel 16 / New Zealand RC Channel 278
29.795 Australian RC Channel 17
29.805 Australian RC Channel 18 / New Zealand RC Channel 280
29.815 Australian RC Channel 19
29.825 Australian RC Channel 20 / New Zealand RC Channel 282
29.835 Australian RC Channel 21
29.845 Australian RC Channel 22 / New Zealand RC Channel 284
29.855 Australian RC Channel 23
29.865 Australian RC Channel 24 / New Zealand RC Channel 286
29.875 Australian RC Channel 25
29.885 Australian RC Channel 26 / New Zealand RC Channel 288
29.895 Australian RC Channel 27
29.905 Australian RC Channel 28 / New Zealand RC Channel 290
29.915 Australian RC Channel 29
29.925 Australian RC Channel 30 / New Zealand RC Channel 292
29.935 Australian RC Channel 31
29.945 Australian RC Channel 32 / New Zealand RC Channel 294
29.955 Australian RC Channel 33
29.965 Australian RC Channel 34 / New Zealand RC Channel 296
29.975 Australian RC Channel 35
29.985 Australian RC Channel 36 / New Zealand RC Channel 298
29.995 Australian RC Channel 37

CB allocations in Europe, by Phil Sperry:  


All countries in Europe have what is known as the "FCC 40", "USA 40", "mid band" or "CEPT band" allocation, which is the same as the American 40 channel allocation 26.965 to 27.405, in FM mode.  Many European countries allow AM as well as FM and some allow SSB as well.  FM is considered the "standard" mode across Europe and Russia, just as AM is the "standard" mode for the Americas and Australia/New Zealand.

Sweden has a second 40 channel CB band in addition to the regular 26.965-27.405 AM/FM/SSB band (called PR27 or CB27).

It is called PR31 or JAKT31.  FM mode only.  For land mobile, base and portable applications (just like 27MHz CB). There are reports of these channels being used outside of Sweden.

CH01 - 30.930
CH02 - 30.940
CH03 - 30.950
CH04 - 30.960
CH05 - 30.970
CH06 - 31.030
CH07 - 31.040
CH08 - 31.050
CH09 - 31.060
CH10 - 31.070
CH11 - 31.080
CH12 - 31.090
CH13 - 31.100
CH14 - 31.110
CH15 - 31.120
CH16 - 31.130
CH17 - 31.140
CH18 - 31.150
CH19 - 31.160
CH20 - 31.170
CH21 - 31.180
CH22 - 31.190
CH23 - 31.200
CH24 - 31.210
CH25 - 31.220
CH26 - 31.230
CH27 - 31.240
CH28 - 31.250
CH29 - 31.260
CH30 - 31.270
CH31 - 31.280
CH32 - 31.290
CH33 - 31.300
CH34 - 31.310
CH35 - 31.320
CH36 - 31.330
CH37 - 31.340
CH38 - 31.350
CH39 - 31.360
CH40 - 31.370

Italy has a second CB allocation as well, this one with 24 channels (Italy also has the regular 27MHz AM/FM European CB allocation, same band as USA, plus several "extra" channels from 26.865 to 26.955 in 10kHz steps.).  Use of the 43MHz CB band is similar to regular 27MHz CB, but business use is also permitted/encouraged.  Only FM is permitted on these channels.  Even though these channels are allowed in Italy only, there are reports of people using them in other parts of Europe as well as Russia.

CH01 - 43.3000 
CH02 - 43.3125
CH03 - 43.3250
CH04 - 43.3375
CH05 - 43.3500 
CH06 - 43.3625
CH07 - 43.3750
CH08 - 43.3875
CH09 - 43.4000
CH10 - 43.4125
CH11 - 43.4250
CH12 - 43.4375
CH13 - 43.4500
CH14 - 43.4625
CH15 - 43.4750
CH16 - 43.4875
CH17 - 43.5000
CH18 - 43.5125
CH19 - 43.5250
CH20 - 43.5375
CH21 - 43.5500
CH22 - 43.5625
CH23 - 43.5750
CH24 - 43.5875


Russia has apparently legalized CB from 26.065 to 27.855, AM and FM mode, with four "bands" or "grids" of 40 channels each.  This mirrors the frequency plan of most export radios.  Channels are referred to in an alphanumeric fashion, with the band (A, B, C, or D, with the regular CB band being "C") first, followed by the channel number and then the mode (AM or FM).  For example, standard channel 19 (27.185MHz) in FM would be referred to as "C19FM" Many cities now operate automated traffic and weather information broadcasts on D19FM (27.635 MHz).   Russians also operate high power simplex repeaters on 27.605 FM, 27.625 FM and 27.675 FM as well as many other frequencies.  Some of these repeaters require a CTCSS (PL) tone, operating in a similar fashion to legal 10 meter FM ham radio repeaters.  CB is very popular in Russia, especially with taxicab companies.  


Poland (and other eastern European countries) allow for two overlapping CB bands.  One is the standard 40 channels from 26.965 to 27.405 MHz, and the other is the same 40 channels only with the frequency shifted 5kHz down.  So channel 40 is normally 27.405 MHz but in Poland one can legally use 27.400 MHz as well, effectively allowing for 80 channels.  Some radios come with a "-5kHz" switch for the user to easily switch between the two "bands".  

Many radios sold in Europe are programmed for all the different European/Russian CB allocations.  The user simply selects which country in the radio's menu and the radio "loads" that frequency plan.  meaning that on top of the standard 40 channels, one can easily access the German "low" channels (26.565 - 26.955), the UK FM channels (27.60125 to 27.99125) and the Polish "zeros" (26.960 to 27.400).  Many radios now include a "RU" option, which includes the full Russian allocation (26.065 - 27.855) or even more.  Some radios will allow for 25.615 to 30.105 in "RU" (Russia) mode.  

Thanks to Phillip Sperry for gathering the above information.


 

Australian Channels are 26.965 - 27.405

AM MODE from 1 - 14 inclusive [CALL is 11 ],

 SSB  MODE from  15 - 40 inclusive.
The SSB CALL Channel is 16  BUT the most commonly used 
"unofficial" call is 35..
its rare these days to hear calling on 16 [the 
original official call]

Thanks to Rod VK4EZY

 

 

 

 

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