Freenet

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License Free VHF CB like service available in Germany only.

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).

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 and 245 MHz VHF CB in Thailand.

Like MURS, the Freenet frequencies are interleaved with business or commercial band frequencies that require a regular business radio license to operate on. 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.

Maximum power output 500mW / 0.5 watts. 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 "wideband" channels), channels 7-18 are for digital voice or data only (3.125 kHz offset narrowband channels [6.25 kHz channels])

Ch Frequency MHz - Notes -
1 149.0250 MHz Analog or digital voice
2 149.0375 MHz Analog or digital voice
3 149.0500 MHz Analog or digital voice
4 149.0875 MHz Analog or digital voice
5 149.1000 MHz Analog or digital voice
6 149.1125 MHz Analog or digital voice
7 149.021875 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)
8 149.028125 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)
9 149.034375 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)
10 149.040625 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)
11 149.046875 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)
12 149.053125 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)
13 149.084375 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)
14 149.090625 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)
15 149.096875 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)
16 149.103125 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)
17 149.109375 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)
18 149.115625 MHz Digital usage only (6.25 kHz channel)


Freenet frequencies per German radio forum



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