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Old Dec 28, 2013, 09:53 PM
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Is 1.2ghz legal is Australia?

Title says it all.

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Old Dec 28, 2013, 11:07 PM
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There is currently no provision to operate these frequencies in Australia without a license.

This is from the http://www.mongrelgear.com.au/legalities.html .
Law in this country is a joke and I'm looking at you MAAA

Q: - Is it legal to Fly FPV in Australia?

That depends who you ask. The Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) does not recognise what we call FPV. The Model Aeronautical Association of Australia (MAAA) does allow the flying of FPV under strict regulations, and only at registered flying fields. More information on this can be found at the MAAA website. WT*?
MAAA should look at this
RFTC: AMA Seeks Input for New FPV Program with Online Survey (2 min 19 sec)


Q: - Is my video transmitter legal to operate?

This also depends who you ask. The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) are the ones that police what frequencies are legal to operate in Australia. Information can be found here on what frequencies are legal etc, and some are legal if the operator has a HAM license etc. Below is a list of common FPV frequencies and their use without a license.

2.4GHz AV Transmitters
According to the legislation some 2.4GHz with an Analogue Modulation can operate with a power rating up to 1W. These are titled for Telemetry or Telecommand. There is some argument that video transmission with OSD data could be considered Telemetry or Telecommand

5.8GHz AV Transmitters
The same basically applies here as it does to 2.4GHz transmitters - Only the power differs. The regulations have a similar entry for Telemetry or Telecommand of Analogue Modulation can operate with a power rating up to 2W.

900MHz AV Transmitters.
900MHz analogue video transmitters are only legal to operate in Australia to a maximum power rating of 3mW, unless it is of a digital modulation. This is far too low for any FPV operations. Most of the 900MHz FPV transmitters are powered at 500mW or more.

1.2GHz AV Transmitters
There is currently no provision to operate these frequencies in Australia without a license.

433MHz LRS Systems
Under the current regulations there is no provision for use of these systems without a license as they are too powerful. The regulations state that 433MHz has a maximum power rating of 25mW. Way below what some of the LRS systems operate at.
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Yeah I've looked at that. Still no definite answer.

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Old Dec 29, 2013, 12:16 AM
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Yeah I've looked at that. Still no definite answer.

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There is currently no provision to operate these frequencies in Australia without a license
http://forums.openpilot.org/topic/31...om-acma-today/
Operation of FPV equipment in the 1.2GHz Amateur band (1240-1300 MHz) may only be conducted by Advanced Amateur Radio licence holders. Operation is this band, or on frequencies outside this band by other users is strictly prohibited. Frequencies between 1 and 1.2 GHz are utilised for a number of important purposes, including aircraft collision avoidance systems.
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Old Dec 29, 2013, 01:46 AM
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OP didn't ask if you could operate on that band license free. He asked if it could be used legally.
Saying that you need a HAM license to operate *legally* between 1240-1300Mhz is no
different than in the US and many other places, although US doesn't require highest
level HAM license. The real question is, even with a HAM license is there any provision for
operating on those frequencies from the air for the purpose we use them.
Some places in the world don't specify, and some say it may only be used from the ground.
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Old Dec 29, 2013, 05:11 AM
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OP didn't ask if you could operate on that band license free. He asked if it could be used legally.
Saying that you need a HAM license to operate *legally* between 1240-1300Mhz is no
different than in the US and many other places, although US doesn't require highest
level HAM license. The real question is, even with a HAM license is there any provision for
operating on those frequencies from the air for the purpose we use them.
Some places don't specify, and some say it may only be used from the ground.
Blah blah he asked about Australia.

My answer, who cares, everyone does it anyway.
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Old Dec 29, 2013, 12:41 PM
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I was referring to Australia. I already know what the answer is in the US.

Yes, I know everyone does it anyway..
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Old Dec 29, 2013, 07:31 PM
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Blah blah he asked about Australia.

My answer, who cares, everyone does it anyway.

Hahaha . I might end up flying on 2.4 and control on 433.

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Old Dec 30, 2013, 12:51 AM
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Hahaha . I might end up flying on 2.4 and control on 433.

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Yep, that'll work.

Just check there's no-one flying 2.4 control in the same area or there will be atleast one fatality!! Lol
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Old Dec 30, 2013, 02:56 AM
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Haha well I don't think anybody in my town flies on 2.4 or on anything else so I should be all good!

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