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Television Broadcast Frequencies

A television station broadcast Radio Frequency (RF) channel is allocated 6 MHz of bandwidth for over-the-air transmission in part of the VHF or UHF Radio Frequency Band.

Radio Frequency Bands
Band Nomenclature Frequency
ELF Extremely Low Frequency 3 - 30 Hz
SLF Super Low Frequency 30 - 300 Hz
ULF Ultra Low Frequency 300 - 3000 Hz
VLF Very Low Frequency 3 - 30 kHz
LF Low Frequency 30 - 300 kHz
MF Medium Frequency 300 - 3000 kHz
HF High Frequency 3 - 30 MHz
VHF Very High Frequency 30 - 300 MHz
UHF Ultra High Frequency 300 - 3000 MHz
SHF Super High Frequency
Microwaves
3 - 30 GHz
EHF Extremely High Frequency
Millimeter Waves
30 - 300 GHz
Hz
kHz
MHz
GHz
-- Hertz
-- kilohertz
-- megahertz
-- gigahertz
1 cycle per second
1000 Hz
1,000,000 Hz
1,000,000,000 Hz

The television VHF band has been in use since 1947 and has 12 RF channels (2-13). The band is sometimes subdivided into VHF-Lo (channels 2-6), and VHF-Hi (channels 7-13).

The Television UHF band originally had 69 RF channels (14-83) in 1952. Note channel 37 is and always has been reserved for radio astronomy. In 1983 the band was reduce to 55 channels (14-69). The band was reduced again in 2020 to 37 channels (14-51). The band is being reduced again to 23 channels (RF 14 - 36).

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TV Frequency Bands
Band RF
Channels
Frequency
MHz
VHF 2 - 13 54 - 216
UHF 14 - 36
38 - 51
470 - 608
614 - 698

VHF-Lo
VHF-Hi
RF 2 - 6
RF 7-13
54 - 88 MHz
174-216 MHz

Television Frequency Chart (MHz)
TV VHF and UHF bands

Calculate Wavelength & Quarter Wave
RF Channel:

RF Ch
Frequency, Band
Wavelength (English and Metric Units)
Quarter Wave (English and Metric Units)


Also see CopRadar.com/ Radio Frequency Bands.

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TV FREQUENCY BANDS

TV VHF Band
54 - 216 MHz
1947 to present
Service Band-
width
Ham Radio VHF Lo 29 - 54
TV VHF-Lo ( RF 2 - 6 ) 54 - 88
FM Radio 88 - 108
Aircraft radio (AM) 108 - 138
Gov, Business, Public radio 138 - 174
TV VHF-Hi ( RF 7 - 13 ) 174 - 216
Radar 216 - 225
Government 225 - 300
TV VHF-Lo
54 - 88 MHz
TV RF
Channel
MHz Band-
width
2 57 54-60
3 63 60-66
4 69 66-72
Shared Use 72-76
5 79 76-82
6 85 82-88
TV VHF-Hi
174-216 MHz
TV RF
Channel
MHz Band-
width
7 177 174-180
8 183 180-186
9 189 186-192
10 195 192-198
11 201 198-204
12 207 204-210
13 213 210-216


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Television UHF Band
TV RF
Channel
MHz Band-
width
14 473 470-476
15 479 476-482
16 485 482-488
17 491 488-494
18 497 494-500
19 503 500-506
20 509 506-512
21 515 512-518
22 521 518-524
23 527 524-530
24 533 530-536
25 539 536-542
26 545 542-548
27 551 548-554
28 557 554-560
29 563 560-566
30 569 566-572
31 575 572-578
32 581 578-584
33 587 584-590
34 593 590-596
35 599 596-602
36 605 602-608
TV RF
Channel
MHz Band-
width
Mobile
Networks
in Band
37 611 608-614 Reserved
38 617 614-620 5G NR
39 623 620-626 5G NR
40 629 626-632 5G NR
41 635 632-638 5G NR
42 641 638-644 5G NR
43 647 644-650 5G NR
44 653 650-656 5G NR
45 659 656-662
46 665 662-668 5G NR
47 671 668-674 5G NR
48 677 674-680 5G NR
49 683 680-686 5G NR
50 689 686-692 4G/5G
51 695 692-698 4G/5G
July 1952 to June 2020
TV RF
Channel
MHz Band-
width
Mobile
Networks
in Band
52 701 698-704 4G/5G
53 707 704-710 4G/5G
54 713 710-716 5G NR
55 719 716-722
56 725 722-728
57 731 728-734
58 737 734-740
59 743 740-746 4G LTE
60 749 746-752 4G LTE
61 755 752-758 4G LTE
62 761 758-764 5G NR
63 767 764-770 5G NR
64 773 770-776 5G NR
65 779 776-782 4G LTE
66 785 782-788 4G LTE
67 791 788-794 5G NR
68 797 794-800 2G/3G/5G
69 803 800-806 2G/3G/5G
July 1952 to 1983
TV RF
Channel
MHz Band-
width
70 809 806-812
71 815 812-818
72 821 818-824
73 827 824-830
74 833 830-836
75 839 836-842
76 845 842-848
77 851 848-854
78 857 854-860
79 863 860-866
80 869 866-872
81 875 872-878
82 881 878-884
83 887 884-890

Channel 37 is reserved for radio astronomy.

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