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Common Itinerant and Business


All frequencies listed on this page require a FCC license when used in the United States, except the five MURS frequencies (151.82, 151.88, 151.94, 154.57, 154.6).

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Color Dot/Star Itinerant and Low Power Frequencies

Many decades ago radio manufacturers adopted a color coding shceme so that radio users could easily identify which frequencies their equipment operated on.

Sometimes referred to as "bubble pack business radio" frequencies, these are typically used by low power hand held business radios. Users might include construction site operations, schools, events, fast food drive-thru intercoms, and other miscellaneous business uses.

Some of the frequencies are restricted to itinerant use and some have different power restrictions.

Three GMRS Frequencies are listed as "color dots" below. This is because businesses and other organizations could obtain GMRS licenses up until some time in the late 1970s to early 1980s when the FCC regulations changed and some radios were sold with color coded GMRS channels for business use. Presently business use of GMRS frequencies is generally not allowed.

There are other frequencies in the 450-470 MHz band that are restricted to low power operations in certain areas. See the links below the table and at the bottom of this page for detailed information.

FrequencyName/Color CodeNotes
30.8400(2)
33.1200(2)
33.1400(2)
33.4000(1)
35.0200(2)
35.0400(5)
42.9800Pink Dot(2)
43.0400(5)
151.5050(5)
151.5125(5)
151.6250Red Dot(5)
151.6400(5)
151.7000(3) (5)
151.7600(3) (5)
151.8200MURS 1(2)
151.8800MURS 2(2)
151.9400MURS 3(2)
151.9550Purple Dot
154.5275(3) (5)
154.5700MURS 4 / Blue Dot(2)
154.6000MURS 5 / Green Dot(2)
158.4000(5)
158.4075(5)
451.8000(5)
451.8125(5)
456.8000(5)
456.8125(5)
457.5250(2)
457.5375(2)
457.5500(2)
457.5625(2)
457.5750(2)
457.5875(2)
457.6000(2)
457.6125(2)
462.5750GMRS 2 / White Dot
462.6250GMRS 4 / Black Dot
462.6750GMRS 6 / Orange Dot
464.5000Brown Dot(3) (5)
464.5500Yellow Dot(3) (5)
467.7500(2)
467.7625"J" Dot(2)
467.7750(2)
467.7875(2)
467.8000(2)
467.8125"K" Dot(2)
467.8250(2)
467.8375(2)
467.8500Silver Star(2)
467.8625(2)
467.8750Gold Star(2)
467.8875(2)
467.9000Red Star(2)
467.9125(2)
467.9250Blue Star(2)
469.5000(3) (5)
469.5500(3) (5)
808.4875(4)
853.4875(4)
897.6375(5)
897.6625(5)
900.9750(5)
900.9875(5)
936.6375(5)
936.6625(5)
939.9750(5)
939.9875(5)

Notes

  • Modes and emission designators used depend on the bandwidth allowed on a particular frequency. Refer to the FCC rules linked above. FM, FMN and various digital modes such as MOTOTRBO, NXDN, or P25 may be used.

Motorola Preset Frequencies

Some Motorola hand held business radios have factory preset channels. A few models are listed below. Complete frequency and tone information for some models can be found in the users manuals available on Motorola's web site.

Some of the manuals appear to contain duplicate channels and other typographical errors. If you can correct the errors please do so.

RDX Series VHF

Ch Frequency
 1 151.6250
 2 151.9550
 3 152.8850
 4 152.9150
 5 151.7000
 6 151.7600
 7 152.9450
 8 151.8350
 9 151.8050
10 151.5125
11 151.6550
12 151.6850
13 151.7150
14 151.7450
15 151.7750
16 151.8650
17 151.8950
18 151.9250
19 152.7000
20 154.4900
21 154.5150
22 154.5275
23 154.5400
24 153.0050
25 154.6550
26 158.4000
27 158.4075

RDX Series UHF

Ch Frequency
 1 464.5000
 2 464.5500
 3 467.7625
 4 467.8125
 5 467.8500
 6 467.8750
 7 467.9000
 8 467.9250
 9 461.0375
10 461.0625
11 461.0875
12 461.1125
13 461.1375
14 461.1625
15 461.1875
16 461.2125
17 461.2375
18 461.2625
19 461.2875
20 461.3125
21 461.3375
22 461.3625
23 462.7625
24 462.7875
25 462.8125
26 462.8375
27 462.8625
28 462.8875
29 462.9125
30 464.4875
31 464.5125
32 464.5375
33 464.5625
34 466.0375
35 466.0625
36 466.0875
37 466.1125
38 466.1375
39 466.1625
40 466.1875
41 466.2125
42 466.2375
43 466.2625
44 466.2875
45 466.3125
46 466.3375
47 466.3625
48 467.7875
49 467.8375
50 467.8625
51 467.8875
52 467.9125
53 469.4875
54 469.5125
55 469.5375
56 469.5625
57 462.1875
58 462.4625
59 462.4875
60 462.5125
61 467.1875
62 467.4625
63 467.4875
64 467.5125
65 451.1875
66 451.2375
67 451.2875
68 451.3375
69 451.4375
70 451.5375
71 451.6375
72 452.3125
73 452.5375
74 452.4125
75 452.5125
76 452.7625
77 452.8625
78 456.1875
79 456.2375
80 456.2875
81 456.3375
82 456.4375
83 456.5375
84 456.6375
85 457.3125
86 457.4125
87 457.5125
88 457.7625
89 457.8625

XTN Series VHF

Ch Frequency
 1 151.6250
 2 151.9550
 3 154.5700
 4 154.6000
 5 151.7000
 6 151.7600
 7 151.8200
 8 151.8800
 9 151.9400
10 151.5125
11 151.6550
12 151.6850
13 151.7150
14 151.7450
15 151.7750
16 151.8650
17 151.8950
18 151.9250
19 152.7000
20 154.4900
21 154.5150
22 154.5275
23 154.5400
24 154.6000
25 154.6550
26 158.4000
27 158.4075

XTN and CLS Series UHF

Ch Frequency
 1 464.5000
 2 464.5500
 3 467.7625
 4 467.8125
 5 467.8500
 6 467.8750
 7 467.9000
 8 467.9250
 9 461.0375
10 461.0625
11 461.0875
12 461.1125
13 461.1375
14 461.1625
15 461.1875
16 461.2125
17 461.2375
18 461.2625
19 461.2875
20 461.3125
21 461.3375
22 461.3625
23 462.7625
24 462.7875
25 462.8125
26 462.8375
27 462.8625
28 462.8875
29 462.9125
30 464.4875
31 464.5125
32 464.5375
33 464.5625
34 466.0375
35 466.0625
36 466.0875
37 466.1125
38 466.1375
39 466.1625
40 466.1875
41 466.2125
42 466.2375
43 466.2625
44 466.2875
45 466.3125
46 466.3375
47 466.3625
48 467.7875
49 467.8375
50 467.8625
51 467.8875
52 467.9125
53 469.4875
54 469.5125
55 469.5375
56 469.5625

Radio Rental Companies

Many radio rental companies have permanent licenses that allow temporary fixed, portable and mobile operations anywhere in the USA or in large multi-state areas of the USA.

Radio rental companies sometimes obtain an STA (Special Temporary Authority) (temporary license) for their customers' short term events. These can include simplex channels, temporary repeaters or temporary trunked systems.

For many events, frequencies that are not in use in the particular area where the event will occur are obtained from a frequency coordinator well in advance. Almost any Business/Industrial Pool frequency can be used.

Some of the radio rental companies that have licenses for nationwide operation are listed below. This is not a complete list.

FRN        Licensee
0018475921 Action Communications, Inc., Everett, WA
0005775838 BearCom, Dallas, TX
0006196331 BearCom, Dallas, TX
0013338827 Brockcom, Los Angeles, CA
0016336208 Brockcom, Los Angeles, CA
0001659358 Clear Call Communications, Dallas, TX
0006721617 Communications Direct, Inc., Batavia, IL
0009530528 Creative Communications Sales & Rentals, Phoenix, AZ
0005448824 Diversified Electronics, Inc., Forest Park, GA
0013199138 Event Radio Rentals, New York, NY
0020728515 Fast Radios, Inc., Naples, FL
0022330476 Integrated Communications, Inc., Memphis, TN
0019452267 Metrotalk, Inc., Lorton, VA
0022731723 Mission Critical Information Systems, Santa Ana, CA
0005445903 Radio One, Inc., Norcross, GA
0002286607 Radio Rental Specialists, Tulsa, OK
0013820238 Radio Solutions Inc., Norwell, MA
0010779908 Road Radios, Los Angeles, CA
0017607060 Service Radio Rentals, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA
0025158460 Spectrum Wireless (USA), Warren, MI
0023187677 Sprint Safety, Inc., Houston, TX
0016033433 Total Safety US, Houston, TX
0018384818 Total Safety US, Houston, TX
Notes
  • The links above return licenses and frequencies associated with a particular FRN (FCC Registration Number) in callsign order.
  • Some of the licenses contain local areas of operation mixed with nationwide areas of operation.
  • Some of the licenses are old STAs for local events that occured in the past, expired or cancelled licenses.
  • Additional information can be found by clicking on the callsigns returned in the links and then clicking on the FCC ULS Listing for this callsign link at the bottom of each page.

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