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I am new to amateur VHF, coming from HF and marine.

Online advice says after establishing contact on 145.500 then QSY. What is the range of channels/frequencies most folks use? ie that they are likely to have programmed in.

The band plan shows the extent of FM voice but not the traditional/best practice/expected actual frequencies. Given that many rigs are keypad channelized my choosing an unexpected QSY destination wouldn't be helpful.

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    $\begingroup$ Frequency usage varies by region. You need to tell us what country you are in so someone can provide an answer. $\endgroup$
    – WA9ZZZ
    Aug 2, 2023 at 17:58
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    $\begingroup$ Oops, wa9zzz. I am in UK $\endgroup$ Aug 2, 2023 at 18:18

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According to this, the current UK band plan has FM and DV simplex use at 145.200-145.5935, channelized in 12.5 kHz steps. If you hear loud garbling on a particular channel, it's likely a DV transmission that's not compatible with your rig, so just move along to another channel.

  • channel V16 is 145.200
  • channel V17 is 145.2125
  • channel V18 is 145.225
  • ... and so on.

Also, anyone participating on the 145.500 simplex calling freq is likely to have direct tune capability for QSY purposes, but you can always solicit a convenient frequency from your QSO partner.

Welcome to the hobby!!

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