21st January 2011
One of the most frequent questions we get asked when selling radio mics is what will happen after 2012 when Ofcom sell channel 68 and 69 (~800Mhz) to the mobile phone companies? Well, here’s the answer.
The new general use frequency will be across channel 38 (606-614Mhz), and this frequency is available for use now, subject to some regional restrictions.
So what does this mean for you?
If you are looking to buy a new radio mic kit, we’re already supplying systems to operate in channel 38, and that’s what we recommend you go for.
If you already own a set, first see if it can operate in channel 70 (863-865Mhz). Channel 70 is to remain license exempt, so will still be available for low volume users. If you can’t tune into channel 70 give us a call and we’ll see if it can be re-tuned to the new frequencies. Some kits can’t, for example the Sennheiser Evolutions, but many of the Micron systems can.
Sennheiser have published a great PDF with a slightly wordier explanation. You can download it here, http://tinyurl.com/4a46rhs