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Re: IMPORTANT LEGAL FREQUENCIES 4 ANY1 BUYING VID. TRANSMITT

Postby scanman » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:34 pm

you guys cant fool me, you know nothing about drones, those are american bees not african bees, youre all busted.
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Re: IMPORTANT LEGAL FREQUENCIES 4 ANY1 BUYING VID. TRANSMITT

Postby JohanMoelich » Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:05 pm

But, but...uhm... we import them because they're cheaper than the local bees!
And those are actually European bees of which our bees are a sub-species. :judge:
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Re: IMPORTANT LEGAL FREQUENCIES 4 ANY1 BUYING VID. TRANSMITT

Postby GarethRens » Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:49 pm

:rofl:
http://www.stuffinc.co.za
We sell all kinds of stuff, including multi-rotor UAV/Drones :ugeek:
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Re: IMPORTANT LEGAL FREQUENCIES 4 ANY1 BUYING VID. TRANSMITT

Postby Gamma » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:51 am

Had a good read through this topic now, was quite interesting.

But some info that I know, the max limit for power transmitting has been increased this year by ICASA, I will confirm on their site later today, but I think it was increased to 200mw, which is really quite low if you think of it.

And regarding spectrum usage, BASICALLY we are only allowed to use open frequencies (2.4 and 5.8) and not ANYTHING other than that. The rest is commercial or reserved for other stuff. If you have a HAM licence you can use that spectrum allocated, but its not really great for data transfers and they have stricter policy about the amount of mW you can broadcast.

But lets be honest, if you use a 800mW transmitter on 900mhz for a few hours, no one will notice :D
And like it was stated, not really anyone can track/trace you down and take your kit, unless you broadcast for at least a week constant at say at least 400mw

For those interested here is the freq allocation for SA
https://www.icasa.org.za/LegislationReg ... fault.aspx

Its a xlsx file with all the info in :D
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Re: IMPORTANT LEGAL FREQUENCIES 4 ANY1 BUYING VID. TRANSMITT

Postby zenith » Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:53 am

Just to update this after reading through ICASA docs like this one:
http://www.icasa.org.za/Portals/0/Regulations/Regulations/review%20the%20radio%20frequency%20band%20plan%2031264/National%20Radio%20Frequency%20Plan%202010%2033409.pdf

no license required:

UHF
433 Mhz - Max 200mw
2.4Ghz - Max 200mw

SHF
5.8Ghz - Max 1W

These frequencies fall under the 'do whatever you want, public access' band, so anything in them is a free-for-all with no protection and no consequences. Go nuts :D
(Of course each flying field has it's own regulations on how many flyers can occupy at the same time, but these are not legal requirements)
On any of these you should be getting at least 2km, if not try a different channel or aerial type.

Other stuff operating on these frequencies:
433Mhz - Amateur Satellites, RFID, Telemetry for weather balloons and agriculture
2.4Ghz - WIFI, Cellphone towers, Wireless everything
5.8Ghz - Some phones, remote logging, indoor WIFI, but not much outdoors as it's generally a line-of-sight frequency.
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