The number of frequency bands for 5.8Ghz FPV system is increasing, we now have 9 bands of 72 channels. We will provide a table / chart to help you look up the frequency for each channel.
Video Transmitter (VTX) comes with a set of bands and channels. You can set it to any particular channel at one time to avoid interference with other pilots.
5.8Ghz Channels and Frequency for FPV
Each band has a unique set of frequencies. In the same set, channels are set apart by a constant frequency, it could be 20Mhz, 19Mhz, 37Mhz, 23Mhz, 18Mhz or 40Mhz.
|Band||CH 1||CH 2||CH 3||CH 4||CH 5||CH 6||CH 7||CH 8|
Brand VS Frequency
- Band A: Team BlackSheep, RangeVideo, SpyHawk, FlyCamOne USA
- Band B: FlyCamOne Europe
- Band C: Raceband
- Band E: HobbyKing, Foxtech
- Band F (Airwave): ImmersionRC, Iftron
- Band Diatone: Diatone
* mentioned manufacturers might make products that support other bands
The Beginning – 4 bands 32 channels
When this article was created, there were only 4 bands in the 5.8Ghz FPV system for RC. Some VTX and VRX even only support one of the bands, which is 8 channels.
Update (Jan 2016) – New Raceband Added
Raceband Frequency – 5658, 5695, 5732, 5769, 5806, 5843, 5880, 5917 (in MHz).
The Raceband has their channels space out equally in frequency (38MHz apart) and in theory should have a bigger chance of allowing 8 pilots flying at the same time under ideal conditions. Learn about Raceband in more detail.
Update (Feb 2017) – New 6th Band! Now 48 channels in Total
A new band has been introduced by Diatone, marked as F in the follow table, starting with 5362Mhz, ending with 5621MHz.
Update (Apr 2017) – 4 New Channels, 80 Channels in Total
Here we have 4 new channels and they are first introduced in the VT03 from Eachine. We now have a total of 9 bands, 72 channels available in the 5.8Ghz frequency.
These channels are created from frequencies that we don’t normally used. But be aware not all these channels are legal to use in some countries.
- L – Low Band
- H – High Band
Beware of Illegal frequency in 5.8Ghz
Although we have so many channels available on some 5.8Ghz VTX and VRX, you should find out which ones are legal to use in your country.
There are frequency band regulations in every country, for example the ISM band. These regulations would normally indicate what range of frequencies hobbyists are allowed to use without the need for a proper license, for example ISM is 5725MHz to 5875MHz, and with a HAM license you might be able to use a wider frequency, i.e. HAM band 5650MHz to 5925MHz.
As you can see in the table above, there are channels in some of the bands that are illegal to use because of this. Furthermore, the entire “L”, “U” and “O” bands are totally illegal to use in the US (and possible most of the world) because they are even outside of the HAM band.
My advice is to stay away from VTX’s that offer these illegal frequencies. A VTX that has 48 channels is more than enough.