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Your wireless microphones will soon be illegal again!

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Fantastic news, I know.

In 2010, the FCC sold off the 700MHz radio spectrum for use by telecommunications companies -- essentially for use by public safety and wireless broadband service for mobile phones and in rural areas. 

In that process, television stations and wireless microphone users were forced to move out of the range that is specifically the frequencies between 698 and 806 MHz.  The tech community had to replace tens of thousands of wireless microphones.

In 2017, that process is repeating itself for the 600Mhz range. This time, the frequencies between 614-698 MHz are affected. And sometime between now and July 2020, with few exceptions, any wireless microphone operating in this range will have to be retired.

2010 was difficult for many users having to replace wireless microphones. What makes the 2017-2020 “repacking” different and even more difficult is that as the television broadcasters are moved from the 600 MHz frequencies, most are being moved into the existing 400-500 MHz space where unlicensed wireless microphones are (and will continue to be) permitted to operate.

Despite remaining legal, in some markets, we have already discovered some cases where legal wireless microphones will not be able to find a safe operating frequency due to the increased density of broadcast traffic. Large churches in Indianapolis, look out!

The repacking of those television stations will come in Transition Phases 1-10 between September 2018 and July 2020.

Read more: Your wireless microphones will soon be illegal again!

 

10-Year Warranty Upgrade on Midas, Klark-Teknik, Turbosound, Lab Gruppen, Lake, Tannoy, and TC Electronic

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Effective immediately, these brands will have their existing Manufacturer’s warranty duration extended to 10 years:

MIDAS
KLARK TEKNIK
TURBOSOUND
LAB GRUPPEN
LAKE
TANNOY
TC ELECTRONIC ENTERPRISE (Broadcast and Production Products)

Products purchased since the 1st of September 2014, will be covered by this warranty timing extension.

No other changes have been made to the terms and conditions. If you have questions about what the warranty covers for your products, please review the terms and conditions at http://www.music-group.com/support/home

A 10 year warranty tells you that this company stands behind its promise of high-quality equipment!  Please let us know if you have questions. 

   

Warranty Registration Reminder - don't ignore this warranty card.

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Many times, I am tempted to not fill out the warranty card when I buy something new.  I get lots of email.  I get lots of mail.  And in most cases, by getting you to fill out a warranty card, companies are buying your contact info so that they can send you marketing information.  Even so, there is at least one company whose warranty cards you do not want to ignore. 

Music Group offers a three-year warranty on most of the brands they represent -- Behringer, Midas, Tannoy, TC Group and Turbosound (the ones we carry).  However, you are required to register the product within 90 days to secure the three-year warranty.  Customers who do not register the product receive a one-year warranty. And it is our underdstanding that there are no exceptions to receive three-year coverage, if you have a problem and have not registered.

Please know that registration of all Music Group products is critical to recieving the extended three-year warranty that you've already paid for as part of the product price.  If it comes to it, register the product, and then unsubscribe from any marketing emails that you don't want to receive.  At least that's what I'd do if I were you. 

   

FCC 600MHz Wireless Notice - the final word

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Today, we received information from Shure that tells the final story of the FCC 600MHz incentive auctions pretty well, and very definitively. 

Sennheiser, Shure and Audio-Technica have all stopped offering systems in the 600MHz range, and we started down that road a couple years ago on our own.  We are now following the FCC mandate that we add the following disclaimer to our point-of-sale materials.  As of earlier in 2017, there is no option to order a 600MHz wireless microphone system from our website, and our team has been instructed to tell you about the hazards over the phone. 


CONSUMER ALERT

This particular wireless microphone device operates in portions of the 617-652 MHz or 663-698 MHz frequencies. Beginning in 2017, these frequencies are being transitioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the 600 MHz service to meet increasing demand for wireless broadband services. Users of this device must cease operating on these frequencies no later than July 13, 2020. In addition, users of this device may be required to cease operations earlier than that date if their operations could cause harmful interference to a 600 MHz service licensee's wireless operations on these frequencies. For more information, visit the FCC's wireless microphone website at www.fcc.gov/wireless-microphones-guide or call the FCC at 1- 888-CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC).


The primary takeaway is that as of July 13, 2020, use of wireless microphones in those ranges must be stopped, and if a licensed user (think T-mobile, Dish Networks, Comcast) begins testing or use prior to that date, that you are also required to yield to that user.  Add to that the fact that your wireless systems will not work in the face of that testing and/or use. 

If you have 600MHz wireless systems in use currently, it's time to plan for these upcoming changes.  Please let us know your questions. We can help you select new systems for the future.

   

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