QuadMeUp Crossbow is a DIY project that gives 5km (at least) of RC link for UAV (airplanes and drones) for a price below $40. I uses SX1278 (LoRa 868MHz/915MHz) compatible (like HopeRF RFM95W) radio modules connected to Arduino compatible boards. It can be regular Arduino connected via SPI to SX1278 or dedicated board like Adafruit Feather 32u4 RFM LoRa or LoRa32u4 II