License Free 149 MHz VHF CB like service available in Germany only. Freenet frequencies are not permitted anywhere else.
149.0125 MHz to 149.125 MHz (6.25 kHz and 12.5 kHz interleaved or overlaid channels, 149.021875 MHz to 149.115625 MHz digital only, 149.025 MHz to 149.1125 MHz analog/digital). 6 "wideband" channels plus 12 "narrowband" channels for a total of 18 channels. Many radios operate on the original 6 analog FM channels.
Freenet was originally a trade name used by Motorola to market license-free handheld radios to business/personal users in Germany. 6 analog voice or digital voice channels (narrow FM or NFM, 12.5 kHz channel spacing) with 12 digital voice/data only channels overlaid (6.25 kHz channel spacing) allowed since 2017.
Similar to 151 MHz / 154 MHz MURS VHF CB in the United States, the 155 MHz and 138 MHz/143 MHz Nordic hunting radio services in Sweden and Norway (JAKTRADIO), the 142 MHz VHF CB service in Indonesia and 245 MHz VHF CB in Thailand. Freenet provides better range in remote or rural areas compared to the UHF PMR446 license free service. Freenet also provides clearer frequencies compared with PMR446.
German law prohibits using the Freenet frequencies at elevations of 600 meters (1968.5 ft) or higher (no transmissions from mountaintops, etc.) although this is apparently widely ignored.
- 149.0250 MHz - Freenet Channel 1 - Analog FM or digital voice
- 149.0375 MHz - Freenet Channel 2 - Analog FM or digital voice
- 149.0500 MHz - Freenet Channel 3 - Analog FM or digital voice
- 149.0875 MHz - Freenet Channel 4 - Analog FM or digital voice
- 149.1000 MHz - Freenet Channel 5 - Analog FM or digital voice
- 149.1125 MHz - Freenet Channel 6 - Analog FM or digital voice
- 149.021875 MHz - Freenet Channel 7 - Digital only
- 149.028125 MHz - Freenet Channel 8 - Digital only
- 149.034375 MHz - Freenet Channel 9 - Digital only
- 149.040625 MHz - Freenet Channel 10 - Digital only
- 149.046875 MHz - Freenet Channel 11 - Digital only
- 149.053125 MHz - Freenet Channel 12 - Digital only
- 149.084375 MHz - Freenet Channel 13 - Digital only
- 149.090625 MHz - Freenet Channel 14 - Digital only
- 149.096875 MHz - Freenet Channel 15 - Digital only
- 149.103125 MHz - Freenet Channel 16 - Digital only
- 149.109375 MHz - Freenet Channel 17 - Digital only
- 149.115625 MHz - Freenet Channel 18 - Digital only
Like MURS, the Freenet frequencies are interleaved with business or commercial band frequencies that require a regular business radio license to operate on.
Maximum power output 500mW / 0.5 watt. German law permits handheld transceivers only (only portable radios may be used). Simplex only. Repeaters are strictly prohibited although the law appears to be murky regarding interconnection between Freenet VHF devices and other bands and/or Internet linking (eg. to CB networks or PMR446 networks).
Much like the MURS service, there is some use of these frequencies with modified amateur radio or commercial equipment capable of transmitting at much higher power levels. This is usually done via the broadband or MARS/CAP mod. See also: the LADD trucking frequencies, etc.
Channels 1-6 are for analog FM voice or digital voice/data use (12.5 kHz "wide band" channels), channels 7-18 are for digital voice or data only (3.125 kHz offset narrow band channels [6.25 kHz channels]).
The 149 MHz frequency band used by Freenet was originally part of the analog car phone system B-Netz 148.41 MHz - 149.13 MHz.
Freenet Recommended Analog NFM Channel Usage:
- Freenet VHF Channel 1 - 149.0250 MHz - Family/Prepper Calling Channel
- Freenet VHF Channel 2 - 149.0375 MHz - Simplex Repeater, Cross-band repeater and/or VoIP Internet links
- Freenet VHF Channel 3 - 149.0500 MHz - Prepper Survivalist Emergency Analog Calling and Tactical Channel
- Freenet VHF Channel 4 - 149.0875 MHz
- Freenet VHF Channel 5 - 149.1000 MHz
- Freenet VHF Channel 6 - 149.1125 MHz - Simplex Repeater, Cross-band repeater and/or VoIP Internet links
- 149.021875 MHz - Channel 7 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
- 149.0250 MHz - Channel 1 - Analog FM or digital voice 12.5 kHz bandwidth
- 149.028125 MHz - Channel 8 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
- 149.034375 MHz - Channel 9 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
- 149.0375 MHz - Channel 2 - Analog FM or digital voice 12.5 kHz bandwidth
- 149.040625 MHz - Channel 10 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
- 149.046875 MHz - Channel 11 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
- 149.0500 MHz - Channel 3 - Analog FM or digital voice 12.5 kHz bandwidth
- 149.053125 MHz - Channel 12 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
- 149.084375 MHz - Channel 13 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
- 149.0875 MHz - Channel 4 - Analog FM or digital voice 12.5 kHz bandwidth
- 149.090625 MHz - Channel 14 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
- 149.096875 MHz - Channel 15 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
- 149.1000 MHz - Channel 5 - Analog FM or digital voice 12.5 kHz bandwidth
- 149.103125 MHz - Channel 16 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
- 149.109375 MHz - Channel 17 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
- 149.1125 MHz - Channel 6 - Analog FM or digital voice 12.5 kHz bandwidth
- 149.115625 MHz - Channel 18 - Digital Only 6.25 kHz bandwidth
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