Worldwide Radio Frequencies for Paragliders

This is a collection of the radio frequencies used by Paragliders around the world. The here mentioned frequencies can be used without any licence unless stated otherwise in the detailed description. Just hoover over the countries for short information or click to go to the full information.

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Argentina

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The official frequencies for paragliding and hang gliding allowed by
the national authority are:

VHF 143.850 MHz & 143.890 MHz

more information under http://servicios.infoleg.gob.ar/infolegInternet/anexos/240000-244999/241125/norma.htm

There are 3 other frequencies allowed for rescue, trekking and outdoor
activities:
CENTRAL FREQUENCY (MHz) (they are not of “explicit legal” use during
paragliding or hang gliding)

138.5100 MHz
139.9700 MHz
140.9700 MHz

Australia

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HGFA Channels (UHF)

The HGFA has purchased rights to use the UHF frequency 472.125 MHz. This frequency can be used “open” or be used as 4 different channels with squech tones (CTCSS, see picture for values).

hgfafreq

HGFA Frequencies Table

More information on the HGFA radio channels (PDF)

UHF Citizens Band

UHF 476.4125 – 477.4125 MHz

Max. TX Power 5W

There are 80 channels with a 12.5kHz steps. They can be further broken down using squelch tones.

More information on the UHF Citizen Band

Austria

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PMR446 is a licence free radio system providing 8 Hardware channels.

1 – 446.00625

2 – 446.01875

3 – 446.03125

4 – 446.04375

5 – 446.05625

6 – 446.06875

7 – 446.08125

8 – 446.09375

For every hardware channel there are several channels distinguished by DCS and CTCSS.

Most UHF radios are able to use this frequencies too, but might have to reduce TX Power as PMR446 uses max. 0.5W.

Bolivia

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VHF ?

Chile

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VHF ?

 

Colombia

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VHF 145.600 MHz – 145.900 MHz

 

Ecuador

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VHF 145.420 MHz

France

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VHF 143.9875 MHz is the security! frequency for all free flight sports. It’s the only VHF frequency that can be used without a licence.

PMR446 can be used.

 

Germany

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PMR446 is a licence free radio system providing 8 Hardware channels.

1 – 446.00625

2 – 446.01875

3 – 446.03125

4 – 446.04375

5 – 446.05625

6 – 446.06875

7 – 446.08125

8 – 446.09375

For every hardware channel there are several channels distigunished by DCS and CTCSS.

Most UHF radios are able to use this frequencies too, but might have to reduce TX Power as PMR446 uses max. 0.5W.

 

Greenland

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VHF 146.000MHz

Iceland

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VHF 147.700 MHz

Latvia

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UHF 446.125

Maximal TX power: 0.5W

This is the temporary one and only Frequency officially allowed by the authorities to be used by paraglider pilots in Latvia without any additional licensing or registration.

 

Malaysia

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VHF 144MHz – 148MHz

At the moment pilots in Malaysia would need an amateur radio licence, but there are efforts to get some frequencies cleared for free flight use.

Polynesia

VHF 145.000 MHz

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Portugal

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143. 9250 MHz instruction

143. 9375 MHz comunication between pilots

143. 9500 MHz emergency and rescue

Serbia

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VHF 146.675 MHz

Slovakia

VHF 143.100 MHz

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Slovenia

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VHF 147.800MHz

Spain

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A lot of paragliders in Spain are using VHF frequencies. The problem is that you would need a licence to use these frequencies and most pilots do not have such a licence.

South Africa

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VHF 141.600Mhz & 141.625Mhz

You will have to pay SAHPA (South African Hanggliding and Paragliding Association) a license fee with membership fee yearly.
See also: http://www.sahpa.co.za/docs/for_review_only_sahpa_mop_version_2.5.pdf Section 1.18

Switzerland

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PMR446 is a licence free radio system providing 8 Hardware channels.

1 – 446.00625

2 – 446.01875

3 – 446.03125

4 – 446.04375

5 – 446.05625

6 – 446.06875

7 – 446.08125

8 – 446.09375

For every hardware channel there are several channels distigunished by DCS and CTCSS.

Most UHF radios are able to use this frequencies too, but might have to reduce TX Power as PMR446 uses max. 0.5W.

Taiwan

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VHF 150.690 MHz

You would need an amateur radio licence, but most pilots do not have it.

Thailand

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VHF 144.425 MHz (used in Khao Den, Phetchaburi)

United Kingdom

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VHF AIRBAND 118.675 MHz (& 129.900 MHz shared)

Maximal TX power: 25W

Notes:  below 5000 feet you need a flight radio telephony license or frequency changing locked out in your radio; Station license (= tax, £15annum.)
More information: http://www.paraglidingforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=p18598#p18598

VHF 2m Band

Whilst not strictly legal, the RA agreed to ‘leave us alone’ if we stick to the below:

143.999 (French 143.9875 audible in SE England)

143.950 Main calling channel
143.925
143.900
143.875
143.850 Alternative calling channel in busy areas
143.825
143.800
143.775
143.750
143.725
143.700 Also used as calling channel by PG’s in some areas
Maximal TX power: 5W
DO NO T USE 2M OUTSIDE OF THIS RANGE IN THE UK 
Also always check with local pilots before using this frequencies!
It’s not actually legal, but the Radio Communications agency agreed not to prosecute. However, they have been superseded by Ofcom so the situation is not clear.
More information: http://www.wirelesswaffle.com/index.php?m=09&y=09&entry=entry090924-071250

USA

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VHF

On March 16, 2001 the Federal Communications Commission granted the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA), a radio station licence in the IB business radio service for an unlimited number of vehicular and portable units in specified quantities. The channels licensed for use by the USHPA are below.

158.400 MHz
151.505 MHz
151.625 MHz
151.925 MHz
151.955 MHz

There is a transmition power limit of up to 50 watts. The call sign issued to the USHGA was WPRY 420.

In order to transmit on these channels legally you must have either the (VA) or (PA) special skill signoff through USHPA or have an amateur radio licence. (source)

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