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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)
Scan New England FCC Database
FCC Emissions Designators from APCO
FCC's Universal Licensing System
Broadcast FCC license lookup
Radio Reference RR Maintains a FCC lookup tool, that's free to all.

T-Band

  • 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.
  • In 1996, 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to broadcast a second, ATSC (digital TV) "companion channel", the prohibition of new Channels 14-20 in those markets was revoked.
  • Recently the FCC had announced the plan to revoke the use of T-Band for Land Mobile users. However objections by the NYPD and APCO may reverse this decision.
TV Channel Frequency Range Metropolitan areas.
14 470 - 476 MHz Boston, MA., Chicago, IL., Cleveland, OH2., Los Angeles, CA., Miami, FL., New York, NY., Pittsburg, PA.
15 476 - 482 MHz Chicago, IL., Cleveland, OH2., Detroit, MI2., New York, NY.
16 482 - 488 MHz Boston, MA., Dallas-Ft Worth, TX., Detroit, MI2., Los Angeles, CA., New York, NY., San Francisco (Bay Area), CA.
17 488 - 494 MHz Houston, TX., San Francisco (Bay Area), CA., Washington DC (Capital Area).
18 494 - 500 MHz Pittsburgh, PA., Washington DC (Capital Area).
19 500 - 506 MHz Philadelphia, PA.
20 506 - 512 MHz Los Angeles, CA., Philadelphia, PA.

Sorted by Metro Area

Metropolitan area. Frequency Range (TV Channel)
Boston 470-476 (14), 482-488 (16)
Chicago 470-476 (14), 476-482 (15)
Cleveland 2 470-476 (14), 476-482 (15)
Dallas-Ft. Worth 482-488 (16)
Detroit 2 476-482 (15), 482-488 (16)
Houston 488-492 (17)
Los Angeles 470-476 (14), 482-488 (16), 506-512 (20)
Miami 470-476 (14)
New York 470-476 (14), 476-482 (15), 482-488 (16)
Philadelphia 500-506 (19), 506-512 (20)
Pittsburgh 470-476 (14), 494-500 (18)
San Francisco (Bay Area) 482-488 (16), 488-492 (17)
Washington, DC (Capital Area) 488-494 (17), 494-500 (18)


  • 2- In addition to the above table, the FCC has allocated "non federal" special frequency allocations to the following areas:
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

(Source FCC spectrum table (pdf))