Copyright: Kirklees Model Boat Club 2010-2013
Radio Control models are of two types, those which operate on the ground or on water, known as
'surface' models and those which operate in the air. Typically, radio control is used to control model cars,
ships ( which include steam, electric and yachts ) and aircraft.
Toy radio controlled models tend to operate at 49 MHz where a small band exists for general purpose low
power radio devices.
A Licence is not required, this was made exempt from the licensing requirements of the Wireless
Telegraphy Act 1949 as from January 1981. Any licences issued before that date do not require
The Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption) (Amendments) (Model Control Apparatus) Regulations 1987 (S.1.
1987 No. 776) include details of additional frequencies to be used for model control.
The frequency Bands available for the use of radio control models are shown below, together with the
effective radiated power output of the transmitter measured in milliwatts.
The 26/27 MHz band is also allocated for Citizens Band radio and low power telemetry and telecommand
devices as well as model control.
The 458/459 MHz band is also allocated to general telemetry and telecommand devices between 458.5 -
458.8 MHz and specialised telemetry between 458.8 - 459.1 MHz. Whilst the potential for mutual
interference is minimal, model controllers should avoid the specialised telemetry part of this band.
The use of the different bands is important; 40 MHz is solely dedicated to surface modelling and 34/35
MHz is solely dedicated to aeronautical modelling.
All model control equipment must operate within the frequency bands shown above. The effective
radiated power of the equipment must not exceed 100mW. Radio Equipment (transmitter) must display
the frequency in use. This is normally displayed as a flag on the aerial.
Any further information regarding radio frequencies and condition can be obtained from:
Low Power Radio Section, Radio Communications Agency, Room 712, Waterloo Bridge House, Waterloo
Road, London SE18UA
Effective Radiated Power
Frequency (In MHz)
26.96 to 27.28
40.665 to 40.955
458.5 to 459.5
34.995 to 35.255
27MHz Colour Table
Brown / Grey
Red / Brown
Orange / Red
Yellow / Orange
Green / Yellow
Blue / Green