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R/C Frequencies

We allow use of the 27 MHz and 40 MHz frequency bands in both AM and FM mode.

We also allow use of the new allocated 2.4GHz band - covering the frequencies from 2.400 to 2.4835GHz providing up to 80 channels with a maximum transmitter power of 100mW erp. Automatic frequency selection (no crystals required).

Users of the band should be aware that it is not exclusively available for model use. The two flavours of transmission are DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) and FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum).

Some systems use only one or two of the available channels to transmit data and whilst the chosen channel(‘s) may be clear of interference at switch on they are vulnerable to any subsequent interference on the chosen channel(‘s). At present only the JR/Spectrum and the Futaba FAST systems use multiple channels to transmit data and tests show that they are both immune from signal conflicts or interruptions.

For an independent review of all the systems available please visit http://www.rcmodelreviews.com/spreadspectrumtests.shtml

We do not allow the use of the 35 MHz frequency band, which is reserved for model aircraft use only.

At club sailing meetings a peg board (27 MHz) and a white marker board (40 MHz) is provided. A list with each members name and allocated frequency is attached to the white marker board. Members using other than their allocated frequency must mark the relevant frequency on the board.

For 2.4GHz band there is no requirement to enter details on the marker board

We keep a Register of frequencies held by our members so that when new equipment is being bought an unused frequency can be requested.

For further information please see the UK Radio Control Council which was formed in 1982 to act as the representative of Radio Controlled Model Users in the United Kingdom.