AlbinoAlligator wrote:I am studying for my tech license. What I would like to know is, what bands will I be able to operate on?
The current U.S. Technician's license, without passing the morse code element, gives you the following:
50.0-50.1 MHz: CW Only
50.1-54.0 MHz: CW, Phone, Image, MCW, RTTY/Data
144.0-144.1 MHz: CW Only
144.1-148.0 MHz: CW, Phone, Image, MCW, RTTY/Data
222.00-225.00 MHz: CW, Phone, Image, MCW, RTTY/Data
420.0-450.0 MHz: CW, Phone, Image, MCW, RTTY/Data
902.0-928.0 MHz: CW, Phone, Image, MCW, RTTY/Data
1270-1295 MHz: CW, phone, Image, MCW, RTTY/Data (maximum power, 5 watts PEP)
1240-1300 MHz: CW, Phone, Image, MCW, RTTY/Data
All above 300 GHz
* Amateur operation at 76-77 GHz has been suspended till the FCC can determine that interference will not be caused to vehicle radar systems
AlbinoAlligator wrote:Then when it comes to buying a radio, I get even more lost. Are there radios that are only 2 meter, or only 6 meter? Are there radios that cover eveything? Or everything, a tech license is good for? I guess I am looking for a simple explanation. Mabye there is'nt one.
Well, this is a BIG subject -- yes, there are single-band radios. And, there are multi-band VHF and VHF/UHF radios, too. Finally, there are some radios that have the HF bands, as well as VHF and UHF.
HF is High Frequency, and generally means that spectrum from 3000 kilo-Hertz (kHz) to 30000 kHz (3.0 mega-Hertz, or 3.0 MHz, to 30.0 MHz).
VHF is from 30.0 MHz to 300 MHz.
UHF is from 300 MHz to something like 3000 MHz.
SHF is from 3000 MHz (or 3.0 giga-Hertz, or 3.0 GHz) to something a lot higher (I don't have it in front of me...)
Search for "Amateur Radio VHF transceivers" on Google, and you'll start to see what is out there.
AlbinoAlligator wrote:One more question. Is vhf, and marine radio the same thing? And do you need a license for marine radio?
Marine radio in local U.S. jargon can refer to the VHF bands allocated to the service of boat to boat communications. However, Marine radio allocations exist in the HF spectrum, as well as in the VHF spectrum.
Amateur Radio Service is not the same as Marine Radio Service. The license requirements are different, and so are the radios used.
Hope that starts to answer your questions.