Important: Advanced Class Frequency Control Process!

2/20/2019 1:55:04 PM   SAE Aero Design Series


In order to reduce interference with FPV video transmissions and to make the competition move more smoothly, we have decided to implement a frequency control system for Advanced class.

Please notify us of your first and second choice of the FPV frequency that you would prefer to use. Please clearly state if you are attending our East or West event and include your team name and team number.

You must email your frequency choices to: [email protected] as soon as possible. This email is only for frequency signup, No rules questions will be answered by that email address.

You will be assigned frequency and channel group on a first-come-first-serve basis. We have grouped the most commonly used 5.8ghz frequencies into ten different groups to minimize interference. Nine of the groups are shown on the frequency request chart. There will be a group 10 for anyone not using these frequencies. Download the 2019 Frquency Request Chart here (also accessible under Series Resources).

After reviewing the chart, pick your two desired frequencies and make note of which group your frequency choices are, from 1 to 10. We will update this list until all the teams from each competition have given me their frequencies and channel grouping. Please try to choose from channels that are less crowded. If two or more teams choose the same channel group, they will have to share a control pin which dictates who can have their equipment turned on. Only one team at a time can use that numbered channel group. If at the competition two teams are sharing the same frequency group and they are in line to fly, they may be asked to move back one position to let the first team up have sole possession of their FPV channel group. We will a radio scanner that will scan all channels to ensure all FPV equipment is off while the Advanced class is flying, except for the team making their attempt.

As requests come in and frequencies and channel groups are assigned, we will continually update a new FAQ, number 224, named “FPV frequency sign up instructions for 2019”, on the SAE Aero Design rules discussion forum. This FAQ will show these instructions and a list of the total number of teams that have chosen each of the 10 channel groups. Team information will not be posted, just the total number of teams using each channel group. Teams can visit this FAQ and review how many teams are on any given channel group. We will have separate lists for East and West.

Thank you for your help in getting us this information to help improve all FPV operations.