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Old May 20th, 2017, 09:41 AM   #1
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Good bye to 600MHz for wireless mics

Hi,

Amidst the chatter and clatter of what to do when the door closes on the 600MHz band. Here's a reasoned response. Now for all of you still using 700 MHz.......well........you know.

600 MHz Wireless FAQs || Audio-Technica US

Everyone's situation may be different. How do you see this situation and what's your strategy?

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Old May 22nd, 2017, 12:14 AM   #2
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Re: Good bye to 600MHz for wireless mics

The ISM Bands are probably safe for the long-term. We already see many vendors selling digital wireless kits for 2.4GHz (shared with WiFi and BlueTooth, et.al.)

However one would need rather sophisticated protocols to share those already crowded bands in populated areas. The higher-end 2.4 GHz gear features "look-ahead" provision of alternate channels and instant channel-hopping in case of interference. I have yet to hear of any users of 2.4GHz wireless mics complain of chronic or acute problems with interference.
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Old May 26th, 2017, 09:30 AM   #3
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Re: Good bye to 600MHz for wireless mics

Have been using the Røde 2.4ghz wireless mics for six months now with nary a crackle, pop or noise. Another user over on DVXUser has been using them for the same amount of time and shoots everything in Manhattan, probably the worst wireless/RF environment in the world. No issues on his use either. Røde is smart, their ability to channel hop seamlessly appears to work pretty well.

I carry some of those little Tascam DR-10L recorders as backups in case the Rødes don't work in a given situation but so far, so good. I have had so many problems with my UHF gear, I don't use it anymore and am selling it.
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Old June 6th, 2017, 04:38 PM   #4
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Re: Good bye to 600MHz for wireless mics

Shure announced their "rebate" policy as an accommodation for the move from 600 mHz
https://wirelessrebate.shure.com/
Basically if you have an eligible 600 mHz band system, you buy a (Shure brand) replacement and send the old system in for the rebate. The amounts are variable.

A-T says it will probably be a few months before their policy is announced.
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Old July 10th, 2017, 11:26 PM   #5
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Re: Good bye to 600MHz for wireless mics

2.4ghz wireless devices are banned at NFL games and other major league events. even if they were ok to use, with 50K cell phones there they would still be useless. fine if you aren't in much of an RF environment, but in suburbia or cities I'd not expect much. This is especially the case if you need it to work beyond 20-30ft.
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Old July 19th, 2017, 01:51 PM   #6
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Re: Good bye to 600MHz for wireless mics

See the other thread on this topic.
New FCC Ruling effect on Lavaliere?

There are a few slivers of 600 mHz band that still appear to be available for existing wireless mics, including 653-663 mHz. That may be of help to some owners of the AT1800 series in the 600mHz spectrum (it can operate in 655-681).
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Old November 12th, 2017, 12:03 AM   #7
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Re: Good bye to 600MHz for wireless mics

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There are a few slivers of 600 mHz band that still appear to be available for existing wireless mics, including 653-663 mHz. That may be of help to some owners of the AT1800 series in the 600mHz spectrum (it can operate in 655-681).
Lucky me; that's exactly the system - AT's D-Band - that I've been using for two years. Looks like I may be able to stretch that at least another three.
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Old November 12th, 2017, 10:18 AM   #8
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Yes, the FCC refers to this as a 'guard band' and can legally be used for wireless mics, even after the full repackaging implantation is in effect.
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