20 Metres, 14.0 – 14.35MHz
20 metres is by far the most popular band for regular DX contacts. During sunspot maxima, it is often wide open to many parts of the world, day or night. Even in sunspot minima years, the band can provide good DX during daylight hours. Because of the reliable nature of 20 metre propagation, it is a busy band, especially during contests.
The CW segment from 14060 – 14070kHz, and the SSB segment from 14300 – 14350kHz, coloured green in the table below, are designated as contest-free sections of the band in Region 1 and should be kept free of contest activity during Region 1 contests, although during major international events, it is likely that the whole band will be occupied.
Note that the very small segment from 14.099 – 14.101MHz is used by the International Beacon Project and is reserved exclusively for these propagation beacons.
|kHz||14000 14060||14060 14070||14070 14099||14099 14101||14101 14125||14125 14300||14300 14350|
|Modes||CW||CW||Data||IBP||Data / SSB||SSB||SSB|
Note that this is only an indication of predominant mode use, see detailed band plan for full definition of permitted modes.