MFNZ FREQUENCIES  

Below are the frequencies currently approved for use by Aeromodellers in New Zealand. Please read the notes following. 

MHz

26.975
26.995
27.020
27.045
27.070
27.095
27.120
27.145
27.170
27.195
27.220
27.245
27.280

29.725
29.745
29.765
29.785
29.805
29.825
29.845
29.865
29.885
29.925
29.945
29.965
29.985

CH#

197
199
102
104
107
109
112
114
117
119
122
124
128

272
274
276
278
280
282
284
286
288
292
294
296
298

MHz

35.000
35.010
35.020
35.030
35.040
35.050
35.060
35.070
35.080
35.090
35.100
35.110
35.120
35.130
35.140
35.150
35.160
35.170
35.180
35.190
35.200
35.210
35.220
35.230
35.240
35.250
35.260
35.270
35.280
35.290
35.300

CH#

500
501
502
503
504
505
506
507
508
509
510
511
512
513
514
515
516
517
518
519
520
521
522
523
524
525
526
527
528
529
530

MHz

36.250
36.270
36.290
36.310
36.330
36.350
36.370
36.390
36.410
36.430
36.450
36.470
36.490
36.510
36.530
36.550
36.570
36.590

CH#

625
627
629
631
633
635
637
639
641
643
645
647
649
651
653
655
657
659



MHz

40.510
40.530
40.550
40.570
40.590
40.610
40.630
40.650
40.710
40.730
40.750
40.770
40.790
40.810
40.830
40.850
40.870
40.890
40.910
40.930

CH#

451
453
455
457
459
461
463
465
471
473
475
477
479
481
483
485
487
489
491
493

MHz

72.010
72.030
72.050
72.070
72.090
72.110
72.130
72.150
72.170
72.190
72.210
72.230
72.250
72.270
72.290
72.310
72.330
72.350
72.370
72.390
72.410
72.430
72.450
72.470
72.490

CH#

701
703
705
707
709
711
713
715
717
719
721
723
725
727
729
731
733
735
737
739
741
743
745
747
749

MHz
72.510

72.530
72.550
72.570
72.590
72.610
72.630
72.650
72.670
72.690
72.710
72.730
72.750
72.770
72.790
CH#
751 WARNING

753 WARNING
755 WARNING
757 WARNING
759 WARNING
761 WARNING
763 WARNING
765 WARNING
767 WARNING
769 WARNING
771 WARNING
773 WARNING
775 WARNING
777 WARNING
779 WARNING
 

MFNZ policy in the use of frequency synthesised radio control equipment

Radiocommunications Regulations Notice 2003
(General User Radio Licence for Aeronautical Model Control Short Range Devices) 

Note the following:

-  Frequencies marked in green are reserved for use exclusively by model aircraft.

-  Frequencies 72.51MHz - 72.79MHz (channels 751-779) should be used with caution and not operated in areas (say within 15km) where cranes or logging operations are taking place. We don't recommend the purchase of these frequencies.

-  Frequencies in the range 72 to 72.25 MHz are shared with short-range auditory-aid devices, should be used with caution in parks and reserves.

-  Note that the band of 35 to 35.3 MHz is at 10 KHz channel spacing, while the band from 36.25 to 36.59 MHz is at 20 KHz channel spacing. Most newer sets will now operate at a 10 KHz channel spacing and so these sets have the choice of moving to either 35 or 36 MHz. However some sets, in particular older sets, require 20 KHz channel spacing. For more information on Channel Spacing click here.

-  Channel numbers on synthesized modules will be for some other country's band-plan, probably Australia, Europe, Japan or the USA. These are NOT the same as NZ Channels. Click here for a "Foreign to NZ" Channel converter. See the MFNZ document 'New Technology Transmitters' for more detailed information.

-  2.4 GHz radio equipment is permitted in NZ. The band 2.4 to 2.4835 GHz is a shared one with many other users, thus spread-spectrum systems are essential. The power emitted shall not exceed 1 Watt EIRP, however, gain antennas may be used,  provided the peak power does not exceed 4 W EIRP.

Most clubs (and all MFNZ sponsored events) will require you to use the pegboard and take a plain generic peg. The purpose of this is to ensure that good frequency control habits remain in place.

Some clubs and/or event/contest directors may impose additional restrictions, and these must be complied with

These sets, for the moment, have proven themselves to be free from interference problems, but that may change as the numbers in-use increase, or other users change their usage pattern. Be alert for signs of problems and use these sets strictly in accordance with the manufacturers directions.  Be aware that as most of these sets use new frequencies each time they are switched on, interference will be very hard to predict or replicate.

See the MFNZ document 'New Technology Transmitters' for more detailed information.

There are also a small number of 900MHz systems in use, typically for indoor or park-flyer applications. It is not proposed at this time to make any rules regarding their use, as the manufacturers come and go; there is little agreement on channels to be used, and they are very short-range devices. Furthermore the models controlled by them tend to be lightweight and frangible. Nevertheless the operator shall use them in a responsible and safe manner, and in accordance with the manufacturers directions.

Click here to read the MFNZ Policy on RC Field Spacing

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