Amateur Radio

60 Meter / 5MHz HF Band Plan

~~60 Meters~~5MHz

60 Meter/5MHz Amateur Radio Band
NTIA Channel Center Tuning Frequency
13 March 2003

Allocated // USB "Dial" Frequency
5332 kHz // 5330.5 kHz
5348 kHz // 5346.5 kHz
5368 kHz // 5366.5 kHz
5373 kHz // 5371.5 kHz
For US/UK:
5405 kHz // 5403.5 kHz

To transmit USB on the Allocated Frequency, set your transmitter to the "Dial" Frequency.

"When the five channels of the new 60-meter amateur allocation become available later this year, Amateur Radio operators will have to learn some new operating habits and adopt some new on-the-air attitudes. The limited spectrum and stringent bandwidth requirements will mean amateurs will have to demonstrate their best behavior and operating skills if the Amateur Service ever hopes to get an actual band segment at 60 meters.

"The channelized scheme--similar to the 5-MHz experimental operation under way in the United Kingdom<>--puts unfamiliar technical compliance demands on US hams who have, until now, not had to worry much about frequency stability or transmitted audio bandwidth. The FCC has granted amateurs 5332, 5348, 5368, 5373, and 5405 kHz--the last channel common to the UK experimental operation's band plan. These are all "channel center frequencies," the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said in a March 13 letter to FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Chief Edmond J. Thomas. The NTIA, which administers federal government spectrum, opposed allocation of an actual ham band citing the ongoing spectrum requirements of federal licensees with homeland security responsibilities.

"The channels will be available to General and higher class licensees.

"The NTIA says that hams planning to operate on 60 meters "must assure that their signal is transmitted on the channel center frequency." In general, the NTIA has advised, users should set their carrier frequency 1.5 kHz lower than the channel center frequency."

From the ARRL Weekly Newsletter