Frequency Band Designations

IEEE Standard 521-2002

Standard Radar Frequency Letter-Band Nomenclature

Band Frequency Range Wavelength
HF 3 to 30 MHz 10 meter to 1 meter
VHF 30 MHz - 300 MHz 1,000cm to 100cm
UHF 300 MHz - 1 GHz 100cm to 30 cm
L band 1 to 2 GHz 30cm to 15cm
S band 2 GHz - 4 GHz 15cm to 7.5cm
C band 4 GHz - 8 GHz 7.5cm to 3.8cm
X band 8 GHz - 12 GHz 3.8cm to 2.5cm
Ku band 12 GHz - 18 GHz 2.5 to 1.7 cm
K band 18 GHz - 27 GHz 1.7 to 1.1 cm
Ka band 27 GHz - 40 GHz 1.1 to 0.75 cm
V band 40 GHz - 75 GHz 0.75 to 0.40 cm
W band 75 GHz - 100 GHz 0.40 to 0.27 cm
mm 110 to 300 GHz 0.27 to 0.10 cm



ITU radio bands - Article 2, provision No. 2.1

Frequency Letter-Band Nomenclature

Band Description Frequency Range Wavelength
ELF Extremely low frequency 3 Hz - 30 Hz 100,000 Km - 10,000 Km
SLF Super low frequency 30 Hz - 300 Hz 10,000 Km - 1,000 Km
ULF Ultra low frequency 300 Hz - 3 KHz 1,000 Km - 100 Km
VLF Very low frequency 3 KHz - 30 KHz 100 Km - 10 Km
LF Low frequency 30 KHz - 300 KHz 10 Km - 1 Km
MF Medium frequency 300 KHz - 3 MHz 1 Km - 100 meters
HF High frequency 3 MHz - 30 MHz 100 meters - 10 meters
VHF Very high frequency 30 MHz - 300 MHz 10 meters - 1 meter
UHF Ultra high frequency 300 - 3,000 MHz 1 meter - 100 cm
SHF Super high frequency 3 - 30 GHz 100 cm - 10 mm
EHF Extremely high frequency 30 - 300 GHz 10 mm - 1 mm
THF Tremendously high frequency 300 - 3,000 GHz 1 mm - 0.1 mm


Other Band Designations

common frequency band references

Band Frequency Range
AM broadcasting 535 to 1605 KHz;
extended to 1705 kHz
FM broadcasting 88 to 108 MHz
Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) 300 to 1 GHz
CDMA 450 420 to 495 MHz
700 MHz Public Safety Band 764 to 869 MHz
800 MHz Cellular / GSM 850 / CDMA 850 824 to 849 MHz; 869 to 894 MHz
GSM 900 890 to 915 MHz; 935 to 960 MHz
Global Positioning System (GPS) L1: 1575.42 MHz; L2: 1227.60 MHz
GSM 1800 1710 to 1785 MHz; 1805 to 1880 MHz
GSM 1900 / WCDMA 1900 / PCS 1900 1850 to 1910 MHz; 1930 to 1990 MHz
UMTS / Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) 1710 to 1755; 2110 to 2155 MHz
WCDMA-3G 1920 to 1980 MHz; 2110 to 2170 MHz
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) 860 to 960 MHz; 2.4 to 2.5 GHz
IEEE 802.11b/g / Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) / WiFi 2.4 to 2.5 GHz
WiMAX 2.3 GHz; 2.5 GHz; 3.5 GHz; 5.8 GHz
4.9 GHz Public Safety 4.940 to 4.990 GHz


Need more details, take a look at the official FCC interactive spectrum allocation chart.


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