1-millimeter band

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The 1 millimeter band is a portion of the EHF (microwave) radio spectrum internationally allocated to amateur radio and amateur satellite use. The band is between 241 GHz and 250 GHz.[1]

Due to the lack of commercial off the shelf radios, amateurs who operate on the 1 mm band must design and construct their own equipment, and those who do, often attempt to set communication distance records for the band.


The International Telecommunication Union allocates 241 GHz to 250 GHz to amateur radio and amateur satellites. Amateurs operate on a primary basis between 248 GHz and 250 GHz and on a secondary basis in the rest of the band. As such, amateurs must protect the radio astronomy and radiolocation services from harmful interference, which share the band with amateurs between 241 GHz and 248 GHz. In addition, 244 GHz to 246 GHz is an ISM band, and all users must accept interference caused by ISM devices. The ITU's allocations are the same in all three ITU Regions.[1]

List of notable frequencies[edit]

  • 245 GHz ISM band center frequency[1]
  • 248.000 to 248.001 GHz Satellite and narrow band modes[2][3]

Distance records[edit]

The current world distance record on the 1 mm band was 114 kilometres (71 mi) set by US stations WA1ZMS and W4WWQ on January 21, 2008.[4][5]

The longest distance achieved on 1 mm in the United Kingdom was 9.33 kilometres (5.80 mi) between stations G0FDZ and G8CUB on April 30 2019.[5]

In Australia, the 1 mm distance record was 0.05 kilometres (0.031 mi) set by stations VK3XPD and VK3ZQB on October 23, 2011.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "FCC Online Table of Frequency Allocations" (PDF). 47 C.F.R. Federal Communications Commission. May 7, 2019. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "VHF Managers Handbook" (PDF). 7. International Amateur Radio Union Region 1. January 2015. p. 56. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "IARU Region 2 Band Plan" (PDF). International Amateur Radio Union Region 2. October 14, 2016. p. 16.
  4. ^ "Distance Records" (PDF). Amateur Radio Relay League. May 21, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Day, Peter; Qaurmby, John (May 9, 2019). "Microwave Distance Records". UK Microwave Group. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "Australian VHF - UHF Records" (PDF). Wireless Institute of Australia. August 1, 2019. Retrieved August 7, 2019.

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