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Rule Part

47 C.F.R, Part 95

The Radio Control Radio Service (RCRS) 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 RCRS 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 RCRS Radio Service was formerly known as the Class C Citizens Radio Service. It was renamed the Radio Control Radio Service in 1976.


There are 86 RCRS Radio Service channels. The authorized bandwidth for any emission type transmitted by an RCRS 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.


RCRS is licensed by rule. This means an individual license is not required to operate an RCRS radio provide you comply with the rules. You may operate an RCRS radio regardless of your age, and for personal or for business use if you are not a representative of a foreign government.

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


You can operate an RCRS Radio Service station in any place where the FCC regulates communications, subject to certain conditions. An RCRS station must be certified by the FCC. Transmitters that have been certified for use in the RCRS Radio Service may be found on the FCC website using the Equipment Authorization Search.

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

Friday, March 10, 2017