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Understanding Ham Radio Frequencies: A Lifeline in Emergencies


Effective communication is critical in times of emergency. Ham radios, also known as amateur radios, have been a reliable tool in crisis scenarios due to their grid-independent operation. Today, we explore the importance of ham radio frequencies and list some vital national and Utah-specific frequencies.

Why Ham Radios are Essential in Emergencies

In emergencies, when conventional communication channels such as cell phones and internet are down, ham radios can still function. They provide a lifeline, facilitating access to crucial information and aiding in coordinating rescue operations. While we’ve previously covered other signaling devices, ham radios offer an additional level of security.

Decoding Ham Radio Frequencies

Ham radios operate across a spectrum of frequencies, each with its unique characteristics. Some bands are perfect for local communication, while others facilitate long-distance exchanges.

Key National Frequencies

Several national frequencies are monitored by ham radio operators across the U.S. Here are a few:

  • The National Simplex Frequency (146.52 MHz)
  • The Hurricane Watch Net (14.325 MHz)
  • NOAA Weather Radio (162.400 – 162.550 MHz)

Utah’s Local Frequencies

In Utah, specific local frequencies are commonly used by ham radio operators. Here are some key ones:

  • Utah VHF Society (146.76 MHz)
  • Beehive Utah Net (28.375 MHz)
  • Salt Lake County Police (155.310 MHz)
  • Radio Reference is an excellent resource


Understanding ham radio frequencies and how to use them can be a vital asset in emergency scenarios. Whether you’re tapping into national frequencies or local networks in Utah, reliable communication in crisis situations is invaluable.

For more on survival tools, read our post on the Essential Multi-tool for Every Emergency Kit. Stay safe, and remember, it’s not just for the apocalypse anymore!

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Please note: Operating a ham radio requires the necessary license as it is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S. Unlicensed operation of ham radios is illegal.

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