122 GHz

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The UK 122 GHz allocation runs from 122,250-123,000 MHz. The band is a secondary allocation for the amateur service (no satellite allocation) and suffers from significant atmospheric loss. However as it is also designated for licence-exempt short range devices, an increasing amount of commercial equipment is becoming available for re-use by amateurs.


Band Plan

There is no formal RSGB band plan but 122GHz along with some 134 & 248 GHz information does feature on the RSGB mmWave Page

Propagation

The 122 GHz band suffers from significant Oxygen losses as it is a harmonic of the more well known 60GHz oxygen resonances. This coupled with humidity can lead to high overall atmospheric losses compared to the 47 and 134 GHz bands. Despite this, amateurs have had contacts on 122 GHz ranging from several km in the UK to over 100km in Australia.

Beacons

There are a few personal beacons but currently no GB3xxx class systems

122 GHz Equipment

122 GHz Power Amplifiers

122 GHz Antennas

Many small horns and dishes are readily usable. The very high gains create beamswidths of less than a degree which necessitates careful alignment and pointing. Thus it is not unusual to see some equipment having co-mounted rifle-sights to assist setting up for QSOs