In the USA, an Amateur Radio (HAM) License from the FCC is required under Federal law and regulation to transmit on the 2 meter amateur band, 144.000 to 148.000 MHz. No license is needed to possess a 2-meter radio or listen to transmissions on those frequencies. Other nations have similar requirements based on being signatories to international telecommunications treaties. However, in some countries simple possession of a 2-meter radio may require a license.
The USHPA also holds an organizational license to use selected frequencies in the Business Band, 151.6250 - 151.9550 MHz range. USHPA rated pilots are authorized to use those frequencies after completing a simple use and safety test that any USHPA instructor or Observer can administer. Approval to use the USPHA frequencies will appear on a member's membership & rating card.
By local convention, many hang gliding communities use specific frequencies, chosen to avoid radio repeaters, as well as known local high-use radio-to-radio frequencies.
Only radios certified by the manufacturer for use in the business band should be used on the USHPA frequencies. While some 2-meter amateur radios can be modified to operate on the business band, such radios should only be used to listen but not transmit. Business band radios operate with a higher precision of frequency selection than amateur radios. (Note the three - versus four-decimal place frequency specifications.) Use of a 2-meter amateur radio to transmit in the business band can cause interference with licensed radios operating on nearby frequencies.
|Site / Club||Location||Frequency|
|Black Hawk (2m Amateur HAM Band)||CA||146.4150|
|Crestline (2m Amateur HAM Band)||CA||146.4150|
|Elsinore (2m Amateur HAM Band)||CA||144.1200|
|Redlands (AM Aircraft Band)||CA||123.3500|
|Santa Barbara (2m Amateur HAM Band)||CA||146.4600|
|Sylmar (2m Amateur HAM Band)||CA||147.5550|
|Torry Pines (Business Band)||CA||151.6250|
|Slide Mt (2m Amateur HAM Band)||NV||147.555|
|Packsaddle (Business Band)||TX||151.9250|
|USHPA (Business Band)||USA||151.5050|
|USHPA (Business Band)||USA||151.6250|
|USHPA (Business Band)||USA||151.9250|
|USHPA (Business Band)||USA||151.9550|
|USHPA (Business Band)||USA||158.4000|
|HGFA (AM Aircraft Band)||AUSTRALIA||126.700|
|HPAC (AM Aircraft Band)||CANADA||123.400|
|FFVL (VHF Band)||France||143.9875|
|FSVL (AM Aircraft Band)||Switzerland||123.425|
|FSVL (AM Aircraft Band)||Switzerland||130.925|
|FSVL (AM Aircraft Band)||Switzerland||123.475|