UAV Frequency Bands

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Drone data link bands. Digital data link. Control station radio link. UHF line of sight for most applications. Some use of UHF/SHF bands as well as various license-free remote control RC R/C, short range device (SRD) or low power civilian frequency bands, often vaguely referred to as “ISM bands”, “Part 15 bands”, “UHF”, “L-band” (which just means “1-2 GHz”), “S-band” (which means “2-4 GHz”). Note that military standardization including NATO bands do not use these same designators, D-band / E-band / F-band referring to the 1-2 GHz band, 2-3 GHz band and 3-4 GHz band respectively.

900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz are extremely popular due to their relatively high power output capability and wide bandwidth for high definition broadband transmission back to the control station, mesh network operation, use of frequency hopping, etc. These bands are sometimes simply called "sub-GHz" (for 900 MHz - 902-928 MHz), the 2.4G band (for 2.4 GHz - 2400 MHz - 2483.5 MHz or 2400 MHz - 2500 MHz), 5G band (not to be confused with 5G mobile systems) for the 5 GHz band, and 5.8G for the 5.8 GHz band (5725 MHz - 5875 MHz / 5.725 GHz - 5.875 GHz)

Currently a massive work in progress.


  • License free UAV bands UAS frequency bands drone data link
  • 900 MHz band: 902 MHz - 928 MHz - including Mesh networks such as Meshtastic, LoRa, etc.
  • 2.4 GHz band: 2400 MHz - 2500 MHz 2.4 GHz - 2.5 GHz
  • 5 GHz band: various allocations 5000 MHz - 5725 MHz
  • 5.8 GHz band: 5725 MHz - 5875 MHz 5.725 GHz - 5.875 MHz
  • SRD860 band: 865 MHz - 870 MHz
  • LPD433 band: 433.050 MHz - 434.775 MHz (433-435 MHz) or 433MHz band 433.92 MHz
  • Mesh rider radio waveform bands, WiFi / Wi-Fi compliance 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
  • M bands - Full frequency range 1625 MHz - 2510 MHz 1.625 GHz - 2.51 GHz
  • M1 band: 1625 MHz - 1725 MHz - 1.7 GHz band
  • M2 band: 1780 MHz - 1850 MHz - 1.8 GHz band
  • M3 band: 2025 MHz - 2110 MHz - 2.0 GHz band
  • M4 band: 2200 MHz - 2290 MHz - 2.2 GHz band
  • M5 band: 2310 MHz - 2390 MHz - 2.3 GHz band
  • M6 band: 2400 MHz - 2510 MHz (2.4 GHz band overlap)
  • Narrowband remote control frequency bands, including
  • the European CEPT standardized bands:
  • 35 MHz RC band
  • Various country-specific bands from 26-28 MHz, 29.7-50 MHz bands and various 137-174 MHz, 420-470 MHz bands, 800MHz, 900MHz, others.


  • U.S. Part 95 RCRS 27 MHz band 26-28 MHz (high power long range ground to air control channel, very long range 50-100+ km - channel bandwidth limit 8 kHz

possible with 4w / 25w frequencies antenna may be mounted up to 60 feet (18.3 m) above ground.

  • U.S. Part 95 RCRS 72MHz VHF band 50 frequency channels specifically for controlling aircraft 750mW power, antenna may be mounted up to 60 feet (18.3m) above ground. Channel bandwidth limited to 8 kHz.
  • U.S. Part 95 MURS VHF service narrowband control links, ground to air only. 2 watt power limit, no antenna gain limit, antenna may be up to 60 feet above ground. 3 channels with 11.25 kHz channel bandwidth, 2 channels with 20 kHz channel bandwidth. Very long range ground-to-air control radio links possible using VHF allocations.



  • 3 MHz, 5 MHz, 10 MHz and 20 MHz channel bandwidths available. Command and control datalink channel URLLC Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Control. Encryption Level 1 FIPS 140-3 compliance.



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