15-meter Band
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15-meter Band

The 15-meter band (also called the 21-MHz band or 15 meters) is an amateur radio frequency band spanning the shortwave spectrum from 21 to 21.45 MHz. Almost all countries permit amateur communications on the entire band.[]

The 15 meter band is considered a DX band (i.e., used for long-distance communications). Since signals on 15 meters propagate primarily via reflection off of the F-2 layer of the ionosphere, the band is most useful for intercontinental communication during daylight hours, especially in years close to the solar maximum. However, the band also sees long-distance openings during solar minima, and into evening hours, and does not require high-power station equipment to make contacts even at these times.

Because the 15-meter wavelength is harmonically related to that of the 40-meter band, it is often possible to use an antenna designed for 40 meters on the 15-meter band, as well.


The 15 meter band was created by the 1947 International Radio Conference of Atlantic City in part to compensate for the loss of the 160 meter band to amateurs by the introduction of Loran during World War II. The 15 meter band opened to amateurs for CW operation only in the United States on May 1, 1952, and telephony operations were authorized above 21250 kHz on March 28, 1953 [1]

Frequency allocation

United States

megahertz 21.000-21.025 21.025-21.200 21.200-21.225 21.225-21.275 21.275-21.450
Novice / Technician


= CW, RTTY and data (US: < 1 kHz bandwidth)
= CW, phone and image
= CW only (US Novice/Technician: 200 W PEP maximum TPO)


Canada is part of region 2 and as such is subject to the IARU band plan. Radio Amateurs of Canada offers the bandplan below as a recommendation for use by radio amateurs in that country but it does not have the force of law and should only be considered a suggestion or guideline.

License class 21.000-21.070 21.070-21.080 21.080-21.083 21.083-21.090 21.090-21.125 21.125-21.150 21.150-21.340 21.340-21.343 21.343-21.450
Basic(+), Advanced


= CW only
= CW, narrow band digital ( <= 500 Hz )
= CW, narrow band digital ( <= 500 Hz ), wide band digital
= Beacons
= CW, phone
= CW, phone, image ( <= 2700 Hz )
= Digital only
= Phone only
= TV only

See also


  1. ^ "We Get 21 Mc." QST, June 1952, p. 29.
  2. ^ Canadian 0-30 MHz Band Plan http://wp.rac.ca/wp-content/uploads/files/pdf/RAC%20Bandplan%20December%201%202015.pdf accessed 1 December 2015
  • "ARRLWeb: US Amateur Bands". Archived from the original on 7 September 2005. Retrieved 2005.
  • "ARRLWeb: ARRL Band Plans". Archived from the original on 3 August 2005. Retrieved 2005.
  • "UK Amateur Radio Bandplans Band Plans". Retrieved 2005. Click the 15 Meter button at the bottom of the page
  • "Ham Radio QRP". Retrieved 2005.
  • "IARU Region 1 Bandplan" (PDF). Retrieved 2006.
  • "IARU Region 2 Bandplan" (PDF). Retrieved 2008.
  • "IARU Region 3 Bandplan". Archived from the original on 2005-05-13. Retrieved 2005.

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