Microwave Band Chart

Table 1. Frequency band designation

Frequency band Designation Typical service
3-30 kHz Very low frequency (VLF) Navigation, sonar
30-300 kHz Low frequency (LF) Radio beacons, navigational aids
300-3,000 kHz Medium frequency (MF) AM broadcasting, marintime radio, Coast Guard communication, direction finding
3-30 MHz High frequency (HF) Telephone, telegraph, and facsimile; shortwave international broadcasting; amature radio; citizen's band; ship-to-coast and ship-to-aircraft communication
30-300MHz Very high frequency (VHF) Television, FM broadcast, air-traffic control, police, taxicab mobil radio, navigational aids
300-3,000MHz Ultrahigh frequency (UHF) Television, satellite communication, radiosonde, surveillance radar, navigational aids
3-30 GHz Superhigh frequency (SHF) Airborne radar, microwave links, common- carrier land mobile communication, satellite communication
30-300 GHz Extreme high frequency (EHF) Radar, experimental

Table 2. Microwave frequency band designation

Frequency Old band designation New band designation
500-1,000 MHz VHF C
1-2 GHz L D
2-3 GHz S E
3-4 GHz S F
4-6 GHz C G
6-8 GHz C H
8-10 GHz X I
10-12.4 GHz X J
12.4-18 GHz Ku J
18-20 GHz K J
20-26.5 GHz K K
26.5-40 GHz Ka K