1 810 - 2 000 kHz

The 160 metre band

Download List of 160m allocations in IARU Region 1 (version 7-January 2015)

IARU Spectrum Requirement

In the vicinity of 1800 kHz, the amateur service requires an exclusive worldwide allocation of 100 kHz and an additional shared worldwide allocation of 100 kHz.


This band is the only medium-frequency (MF) allocation to the amateur service. Its propagation characteristics allow short-range communications during daytime hours and medium and long-range communications during night-time hours. This band is particularly useful during sunspot minima, when the maximum usable frequency (MUF) is below 3500 kHz.

An increasing number of countries in Region 1 are authorising amateur operation above 1850 kHz on a low-power, not-to-interfere basis. There is reason to believe that the growing use of GNSS (GPS and GLONASS) positioning systems will render obsolete radiolocation systems operating in the band 1900–2000 kHz.


WRC-03 made the modifications to Article 5 footnotes for the band 1800-2000 kHz. For WRC-07, IARU seeks the removal of country names from 5.98. While the removal of country names from 5.99 is also desirable, the inclusion of a country name in 5.99 is preferable to its inclusion in 5.98.

FN 5.96

In Germany, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Uzbekistan, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Slovakia, the Czech Rep., the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine, administrations may allocate up to 200 kHz to their amateur service in the bands 1 715-1 800 kHz and 1 850-2 000 kHz. However, when allocating the bands within this range to their amateur service, administrations shall, after prior consultation with administrations of neighbouring countries, take such steps as may be necessary to prevent harmful interference from their amateur service to the fixed and mobile services of other countries. The mean power of any amateur station shall not exceed 10 W. (WRC 03)

The changes to 5.96 are that Jordan was removed and Iceland was added.

FN 5.98

Alternative allocation: in Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Cameroon, the Congo, Denmark, Egypt, Eritrea, Spain, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Syrian Arab Republic, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Ukraine, the band 1 810-1 830 kHz is allocated to the fixed and mobile, except aeronautical mobile, services on a primary basis. (WRC-12)

FN 5.99

Additional allocation: in Saudi Arabia, Austria, Iraq, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Uzbekistan, Slovakia, Romania, Slovenia, Chad and Togo the band 1 810-1 830 kHz is also allocated to the fixed and mobile, except aeronautical mobile, services on a primary basis. (WRC-12)

(Download the full IARU Region 1 160m Bandplan - Rev 11 Dec 2010)