• Diane Rydzewski

Have you checked your wireless mics ?

It's happening again...another wireless frequency update. Time to update your wireless microphones to comply with changing FCC regulations.

There are a few changes coming that you need to be aware of especially if your wireless mic systems are older. If you have owned your wireless systems for a few years, there is a good chance that they may fall in the 600MHz frequency range. If they do, this FCC ruling could spell trouble for you unless you act now to ensure that your wireless equipment is up-to-date and ready for the future.

The history of the problem:

The FCC has reallocated the 600 MHz frequency band (614 – 698 MHz) for wireless broadband use. With this reallocation, wireless microphone systems will be prohibited from operating in the 600 MHz band. By next year, the FCC will limit operation to 470-608 MHz. While some of the wireless systems in use today may be unaffected, if you’re currently operating a 600 MHz wireless system, you will need to discontinue use and transition to a new system before July 2020.

What you can do about it:

First, for background…more information is available at this FCC website https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-divisions/mobility-division/wireless-microphones

Second, please contact TEL Systems so we can evaluate your situation and identify any 600 MHz wireless mic systems that may need to be replaced. You may also check your equipment by looking for the frequency labels.

Third and important…many wireless manufacturers are offering rebates to customers who have invested in equipment that, while still functional, will soon no longer able to be legally used. These wireless microphone manufacturers are offering trade-in rebates for wireless equipment that operates in the 600 MHz band when new qualifying wireless systems are purchased. However, many of these trade-in options will expire March 31, 2019 so it is best to check your equipment now. If your wireless microphone systems are over four years old, they will be probably be affected by this FCC ruling. TEL Systems can help you with this transition. We are a dealer all the major pro wireless microphone systems: Audio-Technica, Shure, AKG, Sennheiser, Sony, and Electro-Voice…to name a few. For more information you can give us a call at 734-761-4506 or contact sales@thalner.com


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