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Television Frequencies


  • It is not possible to receive digital TV audio with a scanner or AM/FM receiver.
  • Before the transition from analog to digital TV in 2009, audio from analog TV stations could be received in wideband FM (WFM) mode. Each audio channel used 100 kHz bandwidth.
  • The video and audio carrier frequencies listed in the table below are for NTSC analog TV and are not applicable to ATSC digital TV (DTV or HDTV).
  • Some analog TV stations were offset + or - 10 kHz (.01 MHz) from the standard frequencies to reduce co-channel interference.
  • The 8-VSB modulation used in ATSC (DTV) has a pilot carrier that serves as a reference frequency for DTV receivers and can be heard on an AM or FM receiver. The pilot carrier is approximately 310 kHz (.31 MHz) above the lower band edge. The exact frequency used may vary because the transmitted signal may be offset slightly to reduce interference.

US Television Channels

ChannelBand LimitsDTV PilotAnalog VideoAnalog AudioNotes
US Television Channels (MHz)
254-6054.3155.2559.75
360-6660.3161.2565.75
466-7266.3167.2571.75
576-8276.3177.2581.75
682-8882.3183.2587.75
7174-180174.31175.25179.75
8180-186180.31181.25185.75
9186-192186.31187.25191.75
10192-198192.31193.25197.75
11198-204198.31199.25203.75
12204-120204.31205.25209.75
13210-216210.31211.25215.75
14470-476470.31471.25475.751 (a b c g h i k)
15476-482476.31477.25481.751 (b c e g i)
16482-488482.31483.25487.751 (a d e g i l)
17488-494488.31489.25493.751 (f l m)
18494-500494.31495.25499.751 (k m)
19500-506500.31501.25505.751 (j)
20506-512506.31507.25511.751 (g j)
21512-518512.31513.25517.75
22518-524518.31519.25523.75
23524-530524.31525.25529.75
24530-536530.31531.25535.75
25536-542536.31537.25541.75
26542-548542.31543.25547.75
27548-554548.31549.25553.75
28554-560554.31555.25559.75
29560-566560.31561.25565.75
30566-572566.31567.25571.75
31572-578572.31573.25577.75
32578-584578.31579.25583.75
33584-590584.31585.25589.75
34590-596590.31591.25595.75
35596-602596.31597.25601.75
36602-608602.31603.25607.75
37608-614608.31609.25613.752
38614-620614.31615.25619.75
39620-626620.31621.25625.75
40626-632626.31627.25631.75
41632-638632.31633.25637.75
42638-644638.31639.25643.75
43644-650644.31645.25649.75
44650-656650.31651.25655.75
45656-662656.31657.25661.75
46662-668662.31663.25667.75
47668-674668.31669.25673.75
48674-680674.31675.25679.75
49680-686680.31681.25685.75
50686-692686.31687.25691.75
51692-698692.31693.25697.75
52698-704698.31699.25703.753
53704-710704.31705.25709.753
54710-716710.31711.25715.753
55716-722716.31717.25721.753
56722-728722.31723.25727.753
57728-734728.31729.25733.753
58734-740734.31735.25739.753
59740-746740.31741.25745.753
60746-752746.31747.25751.754
61752-758752.31753.25757.754
62758-764758.31759.25763.754
63764-770764.31765.25769.754
64770-776770.31771.25775.754
65776-782776.31777.25781.754
66782-788782.31783.25787.754
67788-794788.31789.25793.754
68794-800794.31795.25799.754
69800-806800.31801.25805.754
70806-812806.31807.25811.755
71812-818812.31813.25817.755
72818-824818.31819.25823.755
73824-830824.31825.25829.755
74830-836830.31831.25835.755
75836-842836.31837.25841.755
76842-848842.31843.25847.755
77848-854848.31849.25853.755
78854-860854.31855.25859.755
79860-866860.31861.25865.755
80866-872866.31867.25871.755
81872-878872.31873.25877.755
82878-884878.31879.25883.755
83884-890884.31885.25889.755

Notes

  • 1. 470-512 MHz (channels 14-20) - UHF-T band used for land mobile radio only within 50 miles of the following metropolitan areas:
    • (a) Boston, MA (Ch 14, 16)
    • (b) Chicago, IL (Ch 14, 15)
    • (c) Cleveland, OH (Ch 14, 15)
    • (d) Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (Ch 16)
    • (e) Detroit, MI (Ch 15, 16)
    • (f) Houston, TX (Ch 17)
    • (g) Los Angeles, CA (Ch 14, 15, 16, 20)
    • (h) Miami, FL (Ch 14)
    • (i) New York, NY (Ch 14, 15, 16)
    • (j) Philadelphia, PA (Ch 19, 20)
    • (k) Pittsburgh, PA (Ch 14, 18)
    • (l) San Francisco/Oakland, CA (Ch 16, 17)
    • (m) Washington, DC (Ch 17, 18)
  • 2. 608-614 MHz (channel 37) - Reserved for radio astronomy. Audio, video and pilot frequencies are for reference only.
  • 3. 698-746 MHz (channels 52-59) - Lower 700 MHz commercial land mobile band. Full power TV stations will vacate this band. Some low power TV stations and translators may remain. Audio, video and pilot frequencies are for reference only.
  • 4. 746-806 MHz (channels 60-69) - Upper 700 MHz commercial and public safety land mobile band. Full power TV stations vacated this band in 2009. Some low power TV stations and translators may remain. Audio, video and pilot frequencies are for reference only.
  • 5. 806-890 MHz (channels 70-83) - 800 MHz land mobile and cellular telephone band. Full power TV stations vacated this band in the late 1970s. Audio, video and pilot frequencies are for reference only.

References



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