B band (NATO)

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NATO B band
Frequency range
250 to 500 MHz
Wavelength range
1.2 m to 60 cm
Related bands

The NATO B band is the obsolete designation given to the radio frequencies from 250 to 500 MHz (equivalent to wavelengths between 1.20 and 0.60 m) during the cold war period. Since 1992 frequency allocations, allotment and assignments are in line to NATO Joint Civil/Military Frequency Agreement (NJFA).[1]

However, in order to identify military radio spectrum requirements, e.g. for crises management planning, training, Electronic warfare activities, or in military operations, this system is still in use.

Particularities[edit]

The NATO haronised UHF band 225-400 MHz is also a subset of this particular band as de-fined by the NJFA.

NATO LETTER BAND DESIGNATION BROADCASTING
BAND
DESIGNATION
NEW NOMENCLATURE OLD NOMENCLATURE
BAND FREQUENCY (MHz) BAND FREQUENY (MHz)
A 0 – 250 I 100 – 150 Band I
47 – 68 MHz (TV)
Band II
87.5 – 108 MHz (FM)
G 150 – 225 Band III
174 – 230 MHz (TV)
B 250 – 500 P 225 – 390
C 500 – 1 000 L 390 – 1 550 Band IV
470 – 582 MHz (TV)
Band V
582 – 862 MHz (TV)
D 1 000 – 2 000 S 1 550 – 3 900
E 2 000 – 3 000
F 3 000 – 4 000
G 4 000 – 6 000 C 3 900 – 6 200
H 6 000 – 8 000 X 6 200 – 10 900
I 8 000 – 10 000
J 10 000 – 20 000 Ku 10 900 – 20 000
K 20 000 – 40 000 Ka 20 000 – 36 000
L 40 000 – 60 000 Q 36 000 – 46 000
V 46 000 – 56 000
M 60 000 – 100 000 W 56 000 – 100 000
US- MILITARY / SACLANT
N 100 000 – 200 000
O 100 000 – 200 000

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