70 centimetres

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Other VHF/UHF/Microwave wiki pages : 33 centimetres, 13 centimetres, 9 centimetres, 6 centimetres,3 centimetres 1.25 centimetres and Bands above 24GHz.

Band: 70cm
160m 80m 60m 40m 30m 20m 17m 15m 12m
10m 6m 4m 2m 1.25m 70cm 33cm 23cm 3cm
Band Privileges
US Extra 420-450
US Advanced 420-450
US General 420-450
US Technician 420-450
UK (all) 430-440

The 70 centimetre band is a popular UHF band.


Single-band equipment for 70cm is rare, but many dual-band transceivers are available that operate on both 2 metres and 70cm. Available gear includes base stations, mobile units and HTs.

One single-band mobile FM transceiver for this band is Alinco's 435. In some cases, cable-ready broadcast television receivers and antennas have been used to receive fast-scan ATV in this band, as this over-the-air frequency range overlaps that of existing cable converter channels 57 to 61.


The most common mode is FM, but weak-signal operation using CW and SSB occurs at the lower end of the band. The band is reasonably popular for FM voice repeaters in many regions, second only to the 2 metre band, due to the ready availability of two-band mobile and handheld transceivers. This is also the most popular band for Fast-Scan Television as it is the lowest-frequency amateur band with sufficient space available to accommodate an entire 6-8MHz wide fast-scan TV signal.


Propagation at UHF is primarily line-of-sight. However, tropospheric ducting can occasionally support contacts over ranges of as much as 1500 to 3000 kilometres. Aurora and meteor scatter propagation have been observed, but are relatively rare and difficult to use.

Australian 70cm bandplan

Access : All licence classes

420 - 450 MHz RADIOLOCATION Primary Service

420 - 450 MHz FIXED, MOBILE Primary Service

420 - 430 MHz AMATEUR (restricted access in some states) Secondary Service

430 - 450 MHz AMATEUR Secondary Service

435 - 438 MHz AMATEUR SATELLITE Permitted on non-interference basis

VK4YEH Vk 70cm bandplan.jpg

HF and MF 160 metres * 80 metres* 60 metres * 40 metres * 30 metres * 20 metres * 17 metres * 15 metres * 12 metres * 10 metres
VHF 6 metres * 4 metres * 2 metres * 1.25 metres
UHF 70 centimetres * 33 centimetres * 23 centimetres * 13 centimetres
Microwave 9 centimetres * 6 centimetres * 3 centimetres * 1.25 centimetres * Bands above 24GHz
See also US bandplan