The number of frequency bands for 5.8GHz FPV system is increasing, we now have 9 bands of 72 channels available in some VTX and VRX. We will provide tables and charts to help you look up the frequency and channels for each FPV band.
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.
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Table of Content
- 5.8GHz FPV Channels Table
- The Original Four Bands A, B, E, F
- Diatone Band
- Four New Bands
- Not All Channels are Legal!
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|
Brands and Bands
Back in the days, when VTX only have 8 channels, different brands uses different bands in their VTX’s. But now most VTX is compatible with multiple bands.
- Band A: Team BlackSheep (TBS), RangeVideo, SpyHawk, FlyCamOne USA
- Band B: FlyCamOne Europe
- Band C (R): Raceband
- Band E: HobbyKing, Foxtech
- Band F (Airwave): ImmersionRC, Iftron
- Band D: Diatone
- Band L: Low band
- Band H: High band
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.
Jan 2016 – 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 allow all 8 pilots flying at the same time under ideal conditions.
Part of the RaceBand idea was to be in compliance with regulations. The allowable range for ITU region 2 (US) is 5.650-5.925 GHz which is why RaceBand starts at 5.658GHz and ends at 5.917GHz. If you add, or subtract the 8MHz video bandwidth you’ll arrive at the legal limits for the band.
Feb 2017 – New 6th Band
A new band has been introduced by Diatone, marked as F in the follow table, starting with 5362Mhz, ending with 5621MHz.
Apr 2017 – 4 New Bands Added
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
Not All the Channels are Legal 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, with a HAM license the spectrum you are allowed to use is 5650MHz to 5925MHz.
As you can see in the table above, there are channels in some of the bands that are illegal to use. “L”, “U” and “O” bands even fall entirely outside the frequency allocation, making them illegal to use in the US (and possibly most of the world), that’s why you won’t see VTX’s with these channels in proper RC shops.
Not to mention these bands are much lower than 5.8Ghz and your antennas are not designed for that low frequency.
My advice is to stay away from VTX’s that offer these illegal frequencies. A VTX that has 48 channels is more than enough.