PMR radio channels: 8 new frequencies
PMR446 (“Personal Mobile Radio”) is a European standard for licence free wireless communications. Radios (usually “Walkie Talkies”) following this standard are usually very affordable and easy to find. They’re often used by store staff, security guards, traffic controllers etc. Also, some baby monitors and toys use the PMR standard.
From the 5th of November 1999, the exempt status of PMR446 is officially in effect in the Netherlands. Because of this, using it doesn’t require a license. Originally there were 8 channels allocated between 446.000-446.100 Mhz with a spacing of 12,5 kHz. The maximum allowed transmitting power is 500 milliWatt. This gives you a range of up to 10 kilometers when there’s a line-of-sight. In built-up areas, the range is usually closer to 500 meters.
Although the use in the European Union is license-free, in the United States the frequencies are allocated to radio amateurs by the FCC. So in the U.S., the radios can only be operated by licensed HAMs.
PMR: 8 additional frequencies according to CEPT
Observant members of the Dutch Facebook community “LPD/PMR Nederland” recently discovered that the revised CEPT-rules mention 8 new channels. This gives a total of 16 license-free frequencies.
|Current channels||New channels|
|channel 01: 446.00625||channel 09: 446.10625|
|channel 02: 446.01875||channel 10: 446.11875|
|channel 03: 446.03125||channel 11: 446.13125|
|channel 04: 446.04375||channel 12: 446.14375|
|channel 05: 446.05625||channel 13: 446.15625|
|channel 06: 446.06875||channel 14: 446.16875|
|channel 07: 446.08125||channel 15: 446.18125|
|channel 08: 446.09375||channel 16: 446.19375|
The revised CEPT rules (of July 3rd, 2015) also state that 446.1-446.2 MHz may be used for analog transmissions: “…that CEPT administrations shall designate the band 446.0-446.2 MHz for the use of analog PMR 446 with a channel plan based on 12.5 kHz spacing where the lowest carrier frequency is 446.00625 MHz.”
See also: http://www.erodocdb.dk/Do…/doc98/official/pdf/ECCDEC1505.PDF
Im looming to buy PMR446 walkie talkies for use in the house to & from the garden. Ive used regular / toy ones before & the range was very bad 🙁 would PMR446 be good for usage in the home? I keep reading that its for stores, emergency, police use & outdoor use like wedding organisers, music festivals etc