So What’s This About Banned Wireless Mic Frequencies?

FCC Banned Frequencies Update
The FCC has recently auctioned off a band of frequencies that have previously  been made available for use with wireless devices including wireless microphone systems. To see the actual statement by the FCC visit this website: https://www.fcc.gov/general/wireless-microphones-0
The practical effect for any current user of wireless microphone systems is that, depending on the frequency range of the systems in your church, school or other facility, it may become illegal to operate your systems in the near future.
First, the affected frequency range: 607-698 MHz Note: all systems operating in the 700 MHz frequency range were banned several years ago and are illegal to operate now.
Second, How to check your systems: Each transmitter and receiver will have the frequency range listed on the identification tag or in the settings menu. The format is generally shown as 6xx.xxx MHz. or 7xx.xxx MHz.
Third, when will it become illegal to operate systems: All operation of the affected devices must cease by the end of the day July 13, 2020. However, there may be some new legal devices operating now in range they have been allocated.
Fourth, what options are available to address this issue?
1. One option is to keep the offending system(s) until the deadline date and then begin using a system operating within the legal bands.
2. Another option is to purchase a new system(s) now.
3. Another option is to choose an option other than the wireless system.
Considerations: The offending system still have some resale value on eBay and other marketplaces. Selling now will result in some return on investment. As the date to cease operation approaches the value will decrease to 0. During the last round of replacements, the 700 MHz band, we were able to donate a significant number of wireless systems to missionaries in countries other than the United States as it is only illegal within the borders of the U.S.
For more information on this issue you can visit the Sennheiser website discussion on the issue at: https://en-us.sennheiser.com/spectrum
The Worship Facilities website also has the following article on this issue: http://www.worshipfacilities.com/article/wireless_mic_alert_beware_of_600_mhz

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