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Radio Control (R/C) Radio Service

The Radio Control (R/C) Radio Service is a private, one-way, short distance non-voice communications service for the operation of devices at remote locations. Channels authorized for this service are between 72.0 – 73.0 MHz and 75.4 – 76.0 MHz. There also are six channels between 26.995 MHZ and 27.255 MHz that may be used to control devices. The R/C service is commonly used for operating devices, such as model aircraft and boats, at places distant from the operator such as model aircrafts.

Similar services include Part 15 unlicensed radio frequency devices.


The R/C Radio Service was formerly known as the Class C Citizens Radio Service. It was renamed the Radio Control Radio Service in 1976.


The R/C Radio Service is licensed by rule. Licensed by rule means unless you may operate an R/C station without an individual license. A foreign government, a representative of a foreign government, or a federal government agency is not eligible to operate an R/C station.

The FCC service rules for the R/C Radio Service are located in 47 C.F.R. Part 95 Subpart C.


There are 86 R/C Radio Service channels. The authorized bandwidth for any emission type transmitted by an R/C transmitter is 8 kHz.

50 channels (72.0 – 73.0 MHz) are available for model aircraft devices.

30 channels (75.4 – 76.0 MHz) are available for model surface craft devices. These devices include any small imitation of a boat, car or vehicle for carrying people or objects, except aircraft.

6 additional channels at 26.995, 27.045, 27.095, 27.145, and 27.255 MHz are also available to control any device, including model aircraft and surface craft devices.

Operating a R/C Radio Service Device

You can operate an R/C Radio Service station in any place where the FCC regulates communications, subject to certain conditions. An R/C station must be certified by the FCC. A certified R/C device has an identifying label placed on it by the manufacturer. Transmitters that have been certified for use in the R/C Radio Service may be found on the FCC website using the page at

None of the R/C channels are assigned for the exclusive use of any user or station. You must stop operating an R/C device if the device causes interference.


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