General: 80m Privileges

General: 80m Privileges

Which of the following frequencies is within the General Class portion of the 80-meter band? [G1A08, 97.301(d)]

A. 1855 kHz
B. 2560 kHz
C. 3560 kHz
D. 3650 kHz

Well, we can eliminate answers A. 1855 kHz and B. 2560 kHz as neither one of those is in the 80-meter band, which is at 3500 kHz to 4000 kHz.  The answer is C. 3560 kHz.  This lies in the CW/data range of the 80m band.  The “phone” or SSB (single sideband) voice portion of the 80m General class portion doesn’t start until 3800 kHz.

This is defined in FCC Part 97.301(d)

Unfortunately, there isn’t a good way to remember the band privileges, except to memorize them.  Sorry!  (If you have a good way to do this, please let me know!)


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