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Old January 23rd, 2010, 06:58 PM   #1
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What are you doing about wireless mic ban?

Have known about this for some time but I was just wondering what most of you were doing about the 700megahurtz mic ban going into effect June 1? (In USA)?
Personally I thought I was safe because my mic is in the 804 range but ranges up to 805 are included in the ban, not just 700.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 09:09 PM   #2
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This is a reply I received back from Samson about this issue:

"They will still operate, and be allowed to. They may not get any interference at all, but that would be the only difference. The Squelch Control is what you would want to be familiar with, as you may need to use it a bit more.

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Old January 23rd, 2010, 09:11 PM   #3
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so does that mean they arent being SOLD in that range anymore.
gee nobody told me about the ban, thanks for pointing it it out, cant wait till they FILL that band with something and destroy one more wireless system.

i dont suppose like the "clunker" program the FCC is offerring coupons for the upgrades :-)
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 10:38 PM   #4
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Thats not the way the FCC bulletin (Operation of Wireless Mics in 700 MHz Band) reads, and I quote "Under a new FCC rule, anyone who uses a wireless microphone that operates in the 700 MHz Band will have to stop operating their wireless microphone by June 12, 2010"

Its ironic that a Samson rep sent that message as it is a Samson unit that I have.

Another quote:"Therefore, all users of wireless microphones (or certain low power auxiliary stations) that operate on any of the frequencies in the 700 MHz band including both licensed users (under Part 74) and unlicensed users now have to stop operating in this band."

I checked the BHPhotoVideo site and see that they are still selling mics in that range with no warning that it will be illegal in 6 months.
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Old January 24th, 2010, 08:45 PM   #5
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I'm not sure if my equipment is effected, but I'm not worried about it. What? Are the audio police going to find you during a shoot and fine you? No.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 03:40 PM   #6
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I am really surprised at the lack of response to this thread as I am sure that most if not all of the individuals on this board own (and presumably operate) wireless mics that ARE GOING TO BE ILLEGAL by June! Or perhaps most people are not going to reply so that they can claim ignorance of the law when (and if) they get caught. Its the 'head in the sand' reaction but it doesn't fly legally.
Of course by replying all you can do is vent as it is already a done deal. Or maybe they are out looking for an option before the crowds?

And no, the government is not offering any deals for those affected. Although a couple of mic manufactureers (Senny and Shure) are.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 03:57 PM   #7
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I'm with the poster that said I'm not going to worry, because I doubt the 'frequency police' will be out at each wedding.

Haul me off and gimme 6 years in the slammer... :)
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Old January 26th, 2010, 05:14 PM   #8
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Old January 27th, 2010, 12:08 AM   #9
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I'm not sure if my equipment is effected, but I'm not worried about it. What? Are the audio police going to find you during a shoot and fine you? No.
Here's a true story: My sister went to Japan to snowboard in Hokkaido. At the base of the mountain, there was a big sign in English "2 way radios not allowed on mountain unless it's operating in authorized Japanese frequency. Fine $1000 for non-compliance."

She laughed it off. How could someone get caught on the huge mountain? Later that day, she saw an American on the side of a run, using a Motorola FRS radio. He was chatting with his friend about getting something to eat. In less than 2 minutes, the ski patrol came swooping down, confiscated his radio, then escorted him down the mountain for processing! Or maybe they went to catch his partner. She thinks they got fined. The ski patrol had what looked like a tv antenna, which apparently brought them to the source of transmission. Needless to say, she was utterly amazed at their reaction speed.

You never know who might be monitoring your transmissions!
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Old January 27th, 2010, 12:36 AM   #10
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You guys aren't thinking this through. It's not so much your wireless units will interfere with emergency bands as most wireless systems only travel an extremely short distance.

What's going to burn you is when the bride and groom are in the middle of their vows and all of a sudden, you are recording the broadcast of a much more powerful incoming signal of an ambulance tech calling in a dead body at the corner of 12th and Vine.

Won't that just be lovely.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 08:46 AM   #11
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Have known about this for some time but I was just wondering what most of you were doing about the 700megahurtz mic ban going into effect June 1? (In USA)?
Personally I thought I was safe because my mic is in the 804 range but ranges up to 805 are included in the ban, not just 700.
I know there are quite a few people with wireless mics in the 500mhz-699mhz band. Mine is the 500mhz band. So I have no worries.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 05:17 PM   #12
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The very last part of the 600 band is also covered by the ruling. Its not just 700 as I forst believed. My radio was 804.x so I thought I was safe. Nope.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 05:54 PM   #13
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I knew this was likely to happen a year ago. Just didn't know how the FCC would respond, or when they would respond.

So I bought frequencies unrelated to the auction.

No worries for me.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 06:23 PM   #14
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Yea, go ahead, rub it in [:>)
I just think it would have been more ethical for the salespeople to have warned anyone about this when they sold them. I still can't believe that Samson is saying just go ahead and use them!
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Old January 27th, 2010, 06:27 PM   #15
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I abandoned my four Shure UC systems and bought 2 Lectrosonics systems. Good excuse to upgrade. Much happier with the Lectro gear.
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