Changes to digital PMR446 Frequency Bands in 2018
The licence free two-way radio service, PMR446 has been providing both leisure and business customers with a flexible, low power two-way radio solution for short-range communications ever since it replaced its previous incumbent, SRBR in 1998. The next development of this technology was when Icom launched a digital radio, the IC-F4029SDR in 2005 offering improved audio quality, data capability and increased battery life. Well, things are about to change again. From January 1st, 2018 the frequency band 446.1- 446.2 MHz was designated for use by PMR446 licence free radios across Europe in line with Harmonised European Standards EN 300 296-2, EN 300 113-2 and EN 301 166-2. The new frequencies, which follow ECC Decision (15)05, create greater capacity by extending the assigned frequency spectrum for digital and analogue equipment to 446.0 - 446.2 MHz with a channel plan based on 6.25 kHz (digital) and 12.5 kHz (analogue) spacing where the lowest carrier frequencies are 446.003125 MHz and 446.00625 MHz respectively.