In the United States and Canada, the band is available on a primary basis from 222 to 225 MHz, with the addition of 219 to 220 MHz on a limited, secondary basis. It is not available for use in ITU Region 1 or ITU Region 3, the license privileges of amateur radio operators include the use of frequencies within this band, which is primarily used for local communications. The 1. 25-meter band has a long and colorful history dating back to before World War II. Some experimental amateur use in the U. S. was known to occur on the 1¼-meter band as early as 1933, in 1938 the FCC gave U. S. amateurs privileges in two VHF bands,2.5 meters and 1.25 meters. Both bands were natural harmonics of the 5-meter band, amateur privileges in the 2. 5-meter band were later reallocated to 144–148 MHz, and the old frequencies were reassigned to aircraft communication during World War II. At this time, the 1. 25-meter band expanded to a 5 MHz bandwidth, amateur use of VHF and UHF allocations exploded in the late 1960s and early 1970s as repeaters started going on the air. Repeater use sparked a huge interest in the 2-meter and 70-centimeter bands, however, many amateurs attribute this to the abundance of commercial radio equipment designed for 136–174 MHz and 450–512 MHz that amateurs could easily modify for use on the 2-meter and 70-centimeter bands. There were no commercial frequency allocations near the 1. 25-meter band, by the 1980s, amateur use of 2-meter and 70-centimeter bands was at an all-time high while activity on 1.25 meters remained stagnant. In an attempt to use on the band, many amateurs called for holders of Novice-class licenses to be given voice privileges on the band. In 1987, the FCC modified the Novice license to allow voice privileges on portions of the 1. 25-meter and 23-centimeter bands, in response, some of the bigger amateur radio equipment manufacturers started producing equipment for 1.25 meters. However, it never sold well, and by the early 1990s, in 1973, the FCC considered Docket Number 19759, which was a proposal to establish a Class E Citizens band service at 224 MHz. The proposal was opposed by the ARRL and after the growth of 27 MHz Citizens Band usage. In the late 1980s, United Parcel Service began lobbying the FCC to reallocate part of the 1. 25-meter band to the Land Mobile Service, UPS had publicized plans to use the band to develop a narrow-bandwidth wireless voice and data network using a mode called ACSSB. The reallocation proceeding took so long, however, that UPS eventually pursued other means of meeting its communications needs, UPS entered into agreements with GTE, McCall, Southwestern Bell, and Pac-Tel to use cellular telephone frequencies to build a wireless data network. Until January 2006, Canadian amateur radio operators were allowed operate within the entire 220–225 MHz band, in addition, the band 219 to 220 MHz was allocated to the amateur service on a secondary basis. Both of these went into effect January 2006. Today, the 1. 25-meter band is used by amateurs who have an interest in the VHF spectrum. There are pockets of widespread use across the United States, mainly in New England and western states such as California, the number of repeaters on the 1. 25-meter band has grown over the years to approximately 1,500 nationwide as of 2004
Wouxun KG-UVD1P dual watch handheld for 2M and 220 MHz.
Standard c228a dual band handheld for 2M and 220 MHz.
Regions with 220 MHz allocations: Green areas allocate the whole band. Blue areas allocate a portion of the band. Red areas are in ITU Region 2, and do not allocate the band.