There are up to 9 bands, 72 channels available on the 5.8GHz FPV frequency. In this article we will provide tables and charts to help you look up the frequency and channels for each FPV band.
You must know set your 5.8GHz Video Transmitter (VTX) and receiver to the same channel in order to establish a working, reliable link. Occasionally you also have to change your channel in order to avoid interference with other pilots when you fly together. This article explains which are the best channels to use for FPV.
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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, video transmitters only supported 8 channels. Different brands use different bands in their VTX’s. But nowadays, most VTX is compatible with multiple bands, if not all of the 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 first created, life was simple, there were only 4 bands. Some VTX and VRX even only support one of the bands, which is 8 channels.
Jan 2016 – Raceband Added
Raceband Frequencies: 5658, 5695, 5732, 5769, 5806, 5843, 5880, 5917 (in MHz).
The Raceband has the channels spaced out equally in frequency (38MHz apart) and in theory should allow all 8 pilots flying at the same time under the 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 was used by Diatone, starting with 5362Mhz, ending with 5621MHz.
Apr 2017 – 4 New Bands Added
Here we have 4 new channels and they are first seen in the VT03 from Eachine. This takes us to a total of 9 bands, 72 channels available in the 5.8Ghz frequency for FPV.
These new channels are frequencies that we didn’t used previously for FPV. But beware not all these channels are legal to use.
- L – Low Band
- H – High Band
Not All the 5.8Ghz Channels are Legal!
Although there are many channels available, you should find out which ones are legal to use in your country before transmitting.
Bands of “L”, “U” and “O” fall entirely outside the legal frequency allocation, making them illegal to use in the US (and possibly many other countries), that’s why you won’t see VTX’s with these channels when you buy from legit RC shops.
Not to mention these bands are much lower than 5.8Ghz and your antennas are probably not tuned 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.