Travel to Europe with a VHF mic at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

All Things Audio
Everything Audio, from acquisition to postproduction.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old March 18th, 2008, 03:32 PM   #1
Trustee
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Boise, Idaho
Posts: 1,997
Travel to Europe with a VHF mic

I am planning a trip in September to Europe (from the US) to gather some stock footage and combine that trip with some sightseeing.

My question, and why this post is in Audio, and not Area 51, is what regulations exist in the EU regarding VHF wireless mic systems from the US? Anyone know of any restrictions or problems? I just hoping to clip a lav onto either myself or my subject in the event that I do have some audio needs. This is unlikely, but I want to keep my options open. Thanks for any advice.
Jason Robinson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 20th, 2008, 11:06 AM   #2
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Cambridge UK
Posts: 2,835
VHF Mics in Europe

OK, since no one's replied yet I'll have a go at helping!

2 minutes digging around in Wikipedia (search for VHF and the now more widely used term FM = frequency modulation) should give you specific information on the frequencies used in the countries you will be visiting.

Since the range of these mics is so low I can't see you will have any issues unless you are working in a city area and pick up interference.

Do you know exactly what frequency your system uses?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VHF
__________________
Andy K Wilkinson - http://www.shootingimage.co.uk
Cambridge (UK) Corporate Video Production
Andy Wilkinson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 20th, 2008, 11:57 AM   #3
Trustee
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Boise, Idaho
Posts: 1,997
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy Wilkinson View Post
Do you know exactly what frequency your system uses?
I have no idea, though I am sure there might be some lookup table where I could cross reference Azden with the "channel" that they use and figure out what frequency that means. The Azden system only has a ch1 or ch2 but I have no idea how many frequencies Azden systems were made to use (only 2 possible, or are there many many more and you have to buy the mic / receiver in pairs matched by frequency).

The top two products are basically what I have.
Jason Robinson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 20th, 2008, 12:13 PM   #4
Trustee
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Boise, Idaho
Posts: 1,997
To answer my own question...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy Wilkinson View Post
Do you know exactly what frequency your system uses?
The spec may be here.

Looks like Ch1 is 169.445MHz and Ch2 is 170.245MHz.

So now the real question is if these frequencies are legal to use in London, Pairs, & Rome.

Anyone know where I could look for that information?
Jason Robinson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 20th, 2008, 01:02 PM   #5
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tucson AZ
Posts: 2,206
Have you contacted the maker? I think usually they have a list of what's legal (or optimal) where. I don't have the problem because I only use wired mics, but I think I've seen threads discussing this and talking about getting appropriate info from the makers.
Jim Andrada is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 20th, 2008, 01:44 PM   #6
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Burbank
Posts: 1,811
Here is the Sennheiser Frequency Finder chart for Europe:
http://www.sennheiser.com/nordic/icm...requency-check

Here are the Sennheiser charts for the USA:
http://www.sennheiserusa.com/newsite...inder-open.asp

It appears that your units by be just under the allowed frquencies.

Here is a chart of available Azden VHF frequencies:
http://www.videodirect.com/accessories/azden/vhf.html
Jack Walker is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:05 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network