Public Safety LMR

TV Channels 14,15,16 in NYC

Land Mobile Radio - Public Safety


In many larger populated areas  UHF frequencies are allocated for Public Safety in the UHF TV spectral band from 470−512MHz. These are primarily used by police and fire LMR (Land Mobile Radio). It is illegal to operate in this spectrum band with licensed or unlicensed microphones.

Channels 14,15, & 16 are allocated by the FCC in New York City for Public Safety LMR.


Aside for from the fact that it is illegal to operate non licensed devices in this spectrum. There is also a high probability that LMR radios operated in this spectrum band will interfere with wireless microphones. LMR radios in this spectrum transmit at 5 watts and key in intermittently when the talk button is pressed on the radio. 


Auto Scan on the face of wireless receivers will not avoid this Spectrum band. Custom user frequency groups can be used to provide frequency groups that avoid this spectrum.


Below is a table of Public Safety designated spectrum band organized by metro area.


CFR data is current as ofJuly 21, 2020



Ch.14 470-476

New York 14

Public Safety



Ch.15  476-482

New York 15

Public Safety



Ch.16  482-488

New York 16

Public Safety

Loop of Spectral Data in NYC demonstrating Public Safety in use.

Approximately the first 3 Mhz of each public safety channel are allocated to fixed transmitters. The second 3 Mhz are assigned to mobile radios. Although it looks like there might be spectrum available it is illegal to operate in this spectral band. During a large event it is highly probable that public safety radios will be in the venue and nearby. Interference with these frequencies is not only illegal it can risk the health and safety of the public.

T-Band Public Saftey as defined in the CFR Part 90 - §90.303

Metro Area

Boston, MA

Chicago, IL - NW, IN

Cleveland, OH

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Detroit, MI

Houston, TX

Los Angeles, CA

Miami, FL

New York, NY - NE, NJ

Philadelphia, PA

Pittsburgh,PA

San Francisco-Oakland, CA

Washington D.C.

Golf of Mexico - TX, LA

Hawaii

Avoid TV Ch.

14, 16

14, 15

14, 15

16

15, 16

17

14, 16, 20

14

14, 15, 16

19, 20

14, 18

16, 17

17, 18

15, 16, 17

17

Notes:

See (1)

See (2)

See §90.315

See §74.802

(1) Channels 14 and 15 are not available in Cleveland, OH, until further order from the Commission.

(2) Channels 15 and 16 are not available in Detroit, MI, until further order from the Commission.

T-Band Public Safety Frequencies as defined in the CFR Part 90 §90.311

CH

Metro Area

Base & Mobile

Mobile

Boston, MA

Chicago, IL - NW, IN

Cleveland, OH

Miami, FL

New York, NY - NE, NJ

Pittsburgh,PA

Los Angeles, CA

Chicago, IL - NW, IN

Cleveland, OH

Detroit, MI

New York, NY - NE, NJ

Boston, MA

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Detroit, MI

San Francisco-Oakland, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Houston, TX

San Francisco, CA/Oakland

Washington, DC/MD/VA

Pittsburgh,PA

Washington, DC/MD/VA

Philadelphia, PA

Los Angeles, CA

Philadelphia, PA

470.30625 - 472.99375

470.05625 - 472.99375

476.30625 - 478.99375

482.30625 - 484.99375

482.00625 - 484.99375

488.30625 - 490.99375

494.30625 - 496.99375

500.30625 - 502.99375

506.13125 - 508.99375

506.30625 - 508.99375

473.30625 - 475.99375

473.05625 - 475.99375

479.30625 - 481.99375

485.30625 - 487.99375

485.00625 - 487.99375

491.30625 - 493.99375

497.30625 - 499.99375

503.30625 - 505.99375

509.1312- 511.99375

509.30625 - 511.99375

14

15

16

17

18

19

20