5.8GHz FPV Channels & Frequency Chart (Analogue & Digital)

There are over 100 channels in the 5.8GHz frequency spectrum between analog and digital FPV systems (DJI FPV & Shark Byte). I included all these channels in a table and plotted a diagram so you can easily look them up and choose the best possible signal for video.

5.8GHz Channels Visual Chart

By knowing where the channels are located in the 5.8GHz frequency spectrum, the channel bandwidth, and how much separation there is between channels can help avoid video interference.

Click to enlarge, and feel free to share it

Bandwidth:

  • 5.8GHz analog – 30MHz
  • DJI FPV 25mbps – 20MHz
  • DJI FPV 50mbps – 40Mhz
  • Shark Byte – 27MHz

All Channels in Tables

The commonly used 5.8GHz analog bands are A, B, E, F and R. The other bands are rarely used but they do exist. Each band has a unique set of frequencies, individual frequencies may be repeated on other bands but the sets remain unique.

Analog FPV System

BandCH 1CH 2CH 3CH 4CH 5CH 6CH 7CH 8
A58655845582558055785576557455725
B57335752577157905809582858475866
E57055685566556455885590559255945
F57405760578058005820584058605880
R56585695573257695806584358805917
D53625399543654735510554755845621
U53255348536653845402542054385456
O54745492551055285546556455825600
L53335373541354535493553355735613
H56535693573357735813585358935933

Back in the days, the majority of video transmitter only supported 8 channels, and different brands would use different bands on their VTX’s. However modern VTX’s are now compatible with multiple bands, so that’s not something to be concerned about anymore.

  • 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

Digital FPV System

BandCH 1CH 2CH 3CH 4CH 5CH 6CH 7CH 8
DJI (FCC)56605695573557705805587859145839
DJI (CE)573557705805----5839
DJI 50mbps569557705878----5839
Shark Byte (FCC)56605695573557705805583958785914
Shark Byte (CE)5735577058055839----

For more info: DJI FPV System and Fatshark Shark Byte.

Tips and Best Practice

Choosing a channel

Although channels in a band are generally pretty well separated, the neighbouring channels could still be overlapping with each other and cause interference.

Raceband has the widest separation at 37MHz between channels and does not have any overlap, but this does not mean that Raceband can support all 8 pilots flying at the same time. We have to take “IMD frequencies” into account.

This article explains which are the best channels to use for FPV, and it also explains what IMD is.

Basically if you want multiple people flying at the same time, we cannot just rely on a single band, you should wisely choose from all available channels to achieve the best result.

You may also need to change your channel when flying with other pilots, in order to avoid interference from one another. Remember to be considerate, find out what VTX channels are being used before you power on your FPV drone. It can be hard to make friends at a flying field when people lost their best racing drone because you jumped on their video channel!

Making sure your VTX and VRX are on the same channel

You must ensure your 5.8GHz Video Transmitter (VTX) and  the video receiver are operating on the same channel in order to establish a reliable video link. Some channels from different bands are very close to each other, just enough to getting a picture, but that doesn’t mean you are on the right channel.

Antenna and Placement

Getting a reliable VTX is important, but the antenna and its placement can be just as important when it comes to video signal quality. Here is my guide on choosing the best FPV antenna.

It is good practice to test your FPV setup before installing it in your craft, not only to confirm everything is working – but also because it can be difficult to access the buttons on the VTX once it is in the stack. We strongly advise you however, to structure your build so you CAN access the button and change your VTX settings. However this may not be so crucial if you are using Smart Audio or TRAMP – a way to change VTX settings through Betaflight OSD. Find out more about Smart VTX Control here.

Do not under power your VTX

Be aware that VTX have different operating voltages, a small VTX for TinyWhoop for example, will likely take 3V to 5V, where some have a wider operating voltage ranging from 7V to 24V. You might be able to power a 7V VTX with 5V, but performance (range) could be hugely impacted.

Interference work around / troubleshoot

It is uncommon, but you may occasionally experience atmospheric interference, to combat this try using remote channels like E4 and E8, or another combination that offers a wide gap between frequencies. Some interference might be power related, see here for a more detailed article on fixing FPV video issues

Conflicts with WiFi

5.8GHz WiFi signal uses frequency between 5170MHz – 5835MHz, this could interfere with our FPV signal. You might experience noisy or loss of signal when flying near populated residential and business areas, where there is WiFi signals around.

It’s best to use a channel as far away from this band as possible, for example Raceband 8 (5917MHz) would be a good option.

In fact, your VTX can affect WiFi signal too, and your 1W VTX’s can be great WiFi jammers :) If your home WiFi drops out while you are working on your quad, it’s likely to be caused by the VTX. If this happens, simply move your channel to a higher frequency.

Not All 5.8Ghz Channels are Legal!

Although there are many channels and power level available from VTX these days, you should always find out what is allowed in your country before transmitting. Many places restrict 5.8GHz output power to 25mW unless the user has a license.

5.8GHz FPV bands like “L”, “U” and “O” fall entirely outside the legal frequency allocation in the US and Europe, making them illegal to use (and possibly many other countries too). That’s why you won’t see VTX with these channels when you buy from legit RC shops.

Not to mention these bands are much lower than the standard 5.8Ghz bands, and your antennas are probably not precisely tuned for those low frequencies. My advice is to stay away from VTX’s that offer these illegal frequencies, honestly a VTX that has 40 or 48 channels is more than enough.

Edit History

  • Jan 2015 – Article created
  • Dec 2019 – Updated, added “best practice”
  • Mar 2021 – Updated info, created channel diagram, changed URL

29 thoughts on “5.8GHz FPV Channels & Frequency Chart (Analogue & Digital)

  1. Jimmy

    hello Oscar,

    the channel mapping for the sharkbyte is not correct for the channels 6, 7 and 8 as written in the manual. the manual says:

    ch6: 5839
    ch7: 5878
    ch8: 5914

    i fly shark byte myself and can say that the frequency’s in the manual are true.

    link manual:s3.amazonaws.com/helpscout.net/docs/assets/52a0a907e4b010488044ba40/attachments/5fe28c1940f24b1b2aaf3be5/Shark-Byte-User-Manual-12122020.pdf

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    1. Oscar Post author

      Yea I was looking at a manual that was dated back in oct 2020, apparently they changed it in dec 2020 :) I will update it shortly. Thank you for the correction.

      Reply
  2. ubanov

    Thanks a lot!!! I love the visual chart you have added, the idea is fantastic…

    In order to have less rows you could group DJI FCC and Byteshark (at the end both of them have the same frequencies and channels). Another thing that I will sugest is to leave DJI CE at the end of the table… I’m from spain (CE zone), and not much people here use the DJI CE frequencies and power… then I think that is more important DJI 50mbps, than those CE freqs.

    I will add a shortcut to this page in my mobile to have it as a reference when I fly!!!

    As I say: thanks a lot.

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    1. Oscar Post author

      Sharkbyte and DJI channels have different bandwidth, so they can’t be grouped together (sharkbyte’s are wider). Thanks for the suggestions I will consider in the next update!

      Reply
  3. Ubanov

    If you add DJI frequencies may be you should update the title. The text “TRADITIONAL ANALOGUE SYSTEM” may be not accuarate :-D

    Thanks a lot

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  4. ubanov

    I have used your table a lot of times.

    What I miss out right now are the DJI frequencies:
    DJI FCC: Ch 1: 5660 // Ch 2: 5695 // Ch 3: 5735 // Ch 4: 5770 // Ch 5: 5805 // Ch 6: 5878 // Ch 7: 5914 // Ch 8: 5839
    DJI CE/SRRC: Ch 1: 5735 // Ch 2: 5770 // Ch 3: 5805 // Ch 8: 5839
    DJI MIC Ch 1: 5660 // Ch 2: 5700 // Ch 8: 5745

    (frequencies from page: dji.com/en/fpv/info)

    Thanks for your good job!

    Regards.

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  5. Nat

    Unless a piece of equipment is FCC certified it is illegal to broadcast using it without a Ham licence.

    Fatshark made an FCC certified system, once

    Get your HAM license

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  6. Al

    I just came across this table for 5.8GHz, thanks! Do you have, or do you know of, similar tables for the other control frequency ranges (800MHz, 900MHz, 2.4GHz, 3.3/3.4GHz, 5.8GHz, others)?

    Thanks!!
    –Al

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    1. Oscar Post author

      Aomway is just reinventing the wheel, putting bands in different order and calling them different names :)
      Still the same frequency and channels.

      Reply
  7. James Wood

    I wanted to be able to better visualise how all these channels sat within the spectrum, so I wrote a small thing, here: j-w.co/hardware/Australian-FPV-Channels/

    Seeing all the channels graphed out really helped me, and it might help others. Thanks for the frequency info!

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    1. Krotow

      James, I’m now trying to reproduce your FPV frequency graph for FPV pilots in Latvia. Run into difficulties to display continuous allowed frequency range bar. Charts in Excel, LibreOffice and Google Docs doesn’t support that. How you did that?

      Reply
  8. Ruediger Gmach

    Hi Oscar,
    Thank you for your article concerning the use of normal E-Band and F-Band Channels to get 40MHz distance for 8 simultaneous FPV pilots – really great work !
    You could probably add the channel numbers to your article (E4, E2, F1, F3, F5, F7, E6, E8)

    Finally I just wanted to note a small typo in the section “Update (Jan 2016) – New Raceband Added” the second frequency should read 5695 (instead of 5696). In the tables it is correct anyways.

    Ruediger

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  9. Timmy

    Perhaps time to include some other new bands now too. I’m seeing 72 ch video transmitters out there with Bands, A, B, E, F, R, U, O, L and H. No idea what these new bands are for. I know L is meant to be another set of Raceband style channels going below the current range (to have 16 pilots all at once with sufficient spacing for the same polarization)… but these other ones… no idea.

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  10. Bob W

    Hi Oscar, I’m Bob… I’m new to fpv.. Went to the local rc park and there is a board with black and white squares.. Some rows have “6 meter” at the head.. Most have 2.4 ghz.. The squares Dow the row have numbers and a clip on it.. What the #%*€# is this for? Sorry if this is a stupid ? … Just don’t want to look stupid when I don’t know how to use it.. I suppose it’s for claiming a frequency… I have a futaba 10j.. Flying a mr25 with fpv..

    Thanks, Bob

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    1. Oscar Post author

      i believe what you described is a “Dip Switch chart” for certain brand model VTX :)
      almost all VTX has different dip switch chart, if you move one of the swtiches you get different frequency/channel..

      a lot of VTX these days don’t use dip switches anymore but a push button and LED’s to indicate the channel they are on…

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    2. Adam

      These are for the old FM transmitters that some pilots who haven’t moved to 2.4GHz spread-spectrum yet. They are fixed channels, and they mark their frequency with their park-permit or AMA card so other pilots know they won’t “shoot down” somebody else’s aircraft. It has nothing to do with VTX, but all about RC control transmitter/receivers.

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  11. Gabriel Renaud

    Hello oscar,
    I’m using the Fatshark vtx 250mw and an RC832 from boscam but my video sign is horrible. Could you help me on the best frequency for using this equipment and which antennas i should use?

    Thanks,

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  12. Jacques

    Hi Oscar, thanks for this very helpful blog post.
    If I get the Diversity FR632 video receiver, will it work for all these frequency bands?
    hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__66191__FR632_Diversity_5_8GHz_32Ch_Auto_Scan_LCD_A_V_Receiver.html

    I’m planning to use it with the Quanum V2 Goggles.

    Thanks!

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  13. Zac

    Hi Oscar,

    Ive been trying to find the differences of these five bands, apart from particular companies that use specific ones. On the TBS receiver for FatShark goggles, they say that the use of BOSCAM frequencies is recommended and the quality of Airwave frequencies will be undesirable. Ive seen pilots running TBS DomV2 receivers with ImmersionRC 600mW vTx with great results. Ive also been running the ImmersionRC 600mW with Nextwave Rx just fine.

    I was just wondering if you know the reason why band F frequencies may yield worse results?

    Many thanks, Zac

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    1. Oscar Post author

      Hi Zac
      some device perform better at certain frequencies, also the antenna might cause this issue as they are tuned to certain frequency as well.
      Nothing wrong with the bands, just hardware differences.

      Reply

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