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Federal Communications Commission Information

The following is an index of links and pages for FCC information.

  • Typically FCC licensing for Two Way Radio (known as "Land Mobile") falls under the following provisions:
1- While Media Two Way Radio users have their own licenses, those licenses are actually childs to the parent broadcast license associated with the station. Licenses are renwed when the broadcast license is renewed, and likewise, revoked should the broadcast license also be revoked.

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Table of contents -

FCC Information

Link Notes
VHF Low Band Channel Plan
VHF High Band Channel Plan
UHF High Band Channel Plan
"T-Band" Channel 14 Band Channel Plan
"T-Band" Channel 15 Band Channel Plan
"T-Band" Channel 16 Band Channel Plan
FCC General Menu Reports (Often out of service) (Backup Link)
Scan New England FCC Database
FCC Emissions Designators from APCO
FCC's Universal Licensing System
Broadcast FCC license lookup
DHS NIFOG ver 1.6.1a
Radio Reference RR Maintains a FCC lookup tool, that's free to all.


  • T-Band, short for "Television Band" is a series of frequencies between 470-512 MHz, used by TV channels 14-20, assigned to 13 large metropolitan areas in the country.
  • The FCC prohibited new broadcast licenses from 470-512 MHz within 150 miles of any of the 13 cities listed below.
  • With the act that provisioned (required) broadcast television stations to broadcast a second, ATSC (digital TV) "companion channel", the prohibition of new Channels 14-20 in those markets was revoked.
  • Previous congressional acts had threatened to force the FCC to auction off the T-Band, thus revoking the rights for Part 90 use. However in December 2020, President Donald Trump signed a Omnibus bill that repealed the auction, preventing the auction of the T-Band. The FCC ruling order officially terminated the auction on January 13, 2021(pdf) under order DA 21-52A1.
  • The specific allocation rules for the T-Band frequencies falls under FCC 47 CFR 90.311.
Metropolitan area. TV Channel Frequency Range Notes
Boston 14 470.00000-475.98750
Boston 16 482.00000-487.98750
Chicago 14 470.00000-475.98750
Chicago 15 476.00000-481.98750
Cleveland 14 470.00000-475.98750
Cleveland 15 476.00000-481.98750
Dallas-Ft. Worth 16 482.00000-487.98750
Detroit 15 476.00000-481.98750
Detroit 16 482.00000-487.98750
Houston 17 488.00000-491.98750
Los Angeles 14 470.30625-475.98750
Los Angeles 16 482.30625-487.98750 Frequencies are only available to Public Safety Pool Eligibles
Los Angeles 20 506.30625-511.98750
Miami 14 470.00000-475.98750
New York City 14 470.00000-475.98750
New York City 15 476.30625-481.98750
New York City 16 482.00000-487.98750
New York City 19 500.00000-505.98750 Special Allotment for Nassau County per DA-02-1771A1 only.
Philadelphia 19 500.30625-505.98750
Philadelphia 20 506.30625-511.98750
Pittsburgh 14 470.30625-475.98750
Pittsburgh 18 494.00000-499.98750
San Francisco (Bay Area) 16 482.30625-487.98750
San Francisco (Bay Area) 17 488.00000-493.98750
Washington, DC (Capital Area) 17 488.30625-493.98750
Washington, DC (Capital Area) 18 494.30625-499.98750

Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit special allotment

  • In addition to the above table, the FCC has allocated "non federal" special frequency allocations.
  • These allocations fall under FCC 47 CFR 90.273
  • The allocations are as follows:
City Frequency Range Reference
Cleveland 422.1875-425.4875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 41° 29' 51.2" N, 81° 41' 49.5" W
Cleveland 427.1875-429.9875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 41° 29' 51.2" N, 81° 41' 49.5" W
Detroit 422.1875-425.4875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 42° 19' 48.1" N, 83° 02' 56.7" W
Detroit 427.1875-429.9875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 42° 19' 48.1" N, 83° 02' 56.7" W
Buffalo 423.8125-425.4875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 42° 52' 52.2" N, 78° 52' 20.1" W
Buffalo 428.8125-429.9875 MHz 80.5kM (50 Mi) of 42° 52' 52.2" N, 78° 52' 20.1" W

166.2500 / 170.1500

  • Frequencies 166.2500 and 170.1500 are special use. In some parts of our area, they are public safety, others are broadcast.
  • Broadcasters are the primary users under Part 74. See the specific rule below.
  • Per FCC rule FCC 47 CFR 74.402(e)(8)
Operation on frequencies 166.2500 MHz and 170.1500 MHz is subject to the condition that harmful interference shall not be caused to present or future Government stations in the band 162-174 MHz and is also subject to the bandwidth and tolerance limitations and compliance deadlines listed in § 74.462 of this part. Authorization on these frequencies shall be in the lower 48 contiguous States only, except within the area bounded on the west by the Mississippi River, on the north by the parallel of latitude 37DEG30' N., and on the east and south by that arc of the circle with center at Springfield, Illinois, and radius equal to the airline distance between Springfield, Illinois, and Montgomery, Alabama, subtended between the foregoing west and north boundaries, or within 150 miles (241.4 km) of New York City.

(Source FCC spectrum table (pdf))