9-centimeter band

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The 9-centimeter band is a portion of the SHF (microwave) radio spectrum internationally allocated to amateur radio and amateur satellite use. The amateur radio band, in ITU regions 1 and 2, is between 3,300 MHz and 3,500 MHz, and it is available only on a secondary basis. The amateur satellite band is between 3,400 MHz and 3,410 MHz, and it is only available in ITU Regions 1 and 2, on a non-interference basis to other users (ITU footnote 5.282). In Germany and Israel, the band 3,400 - 3,475 MHz is also allocated to the amateur service on a secondary basis (ITU footnote 5.431).[1]

In CEPT's "European Common Allocation Table", footnote EU17 allocates 3,400 MHz to 3,410 MHz to European amateurs on a secondary basis.[2][3]


List of notable frequencies[edit]

ITU regions.
  Region 1
  Region 2
  Region 3
  • 3,400.1 MHz IARU Region-1 Calling frequency[3] and Global EME center of activity[3][4]
  • 3,456.1 MHz IARU Region 2 Calling Frequency[4]

Radio Astronomy[edit]

3,332 - 3,339 MHz and 3345.8 - 3352.5 MHz are used by radio astronomers for spectral line observations.[4] Amateur stations voluntarily avoid using these frequencies when in geographic proximity to a radio telescope. ITU footnote 5.149 encourages all radio communications in the band to take practical steps to avoid harmful interference to radio astronomy observations in those frequency ranges.[1]

Countries with more restricted allocation[edit]


The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) does not consider 3.4 GHz to be an amateur band, and has therefore auctioned it off for 5G test use. Temporary permits in the 3400 - 3401 MHz range are currently issued however.[5]


The Ministerio de Economía y Empresa does not allow 3.4 GHz to be used by amateurs. Currently this band is used by WiMax in Spain.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "FCC Online Table of Frequency Allocations" (PDF). 47 C.F.R. Federal Communications Commission. August 13, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Blondeel Timmerman, Hans (15 March 2009). "3300-3500 MHz". International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Homepage. International Amateur Radio Union Region 1. Retrieved August 4, 2011. EU17: In the sub-bands 3400-3410 MHz, 5660-5670 MHz, 10.36-10.37 GHz and 10.45-10.46 GHz the amateur service operates on a secondary basis. In making assignments to other services, CEPT administrations are requested wherever possible to maintain these sub-bands in such a way as to facilitate the reception of amateur emissions with minimal power flux densities.
  3. ^ a b c "VHF Managers Handbook" (PDF). 7. International Amateur Radio Union Region 1. January 2015. p. 48. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "IARU Region 2 Band Plan" (PDF). International Amateur Radio Union Region 2. October 14, 2016. p. 13.
  5. ^ "VUSHF Frequencies in Sweden V5.0" (PDF). Föreningen Sveriges Sändareamatörer (SSA). February 9, 2017. p. 25. Retrieved September 27, 2017.