Ever since Reg Mores strapped a bulky valve radio transmitter onto the costume of Abanazar for the 1949 Tom Arnold Aladdin on Ice panto season, the convenience of radio microphones and radio transmitting devices for mettings and public performances has been well established, but what isn't generally known that many devices until now have operating on Channel 69. That channel is no longer legal or available and could interfere with a variety of new devices including 4G phones.
If you know any budding musicians or DJ's who use radio mics or you are a trustee, director of a school, hotel, theatre, council chamber, community centres or others who might be affected, just check that your kit ( including lit hired in) is still legal, and in any case you have a valid licence from JFMG (Joint Frequency Management Group) to operate radio microphones in channel 38 – currently this is £75 for a 1 year licence or £135 for a 2 year licence. It’s a requirement by law to be in possession of a licence to legally operate radio microphones or IEM’s in channel 38.
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Radio microphone and in ear monitor frequency guide
Digital switchover (DSO)Digital switchover (DSO) is now complete. This means that all UK analogue TV transmissions have now ceased – they have been replaced by new digital TV transmissions. Almost everyone can now receive digital TV through an aerial. Digital TV uses less UHF spectrum which means that there is more room for new services such as wireless broadband, local TV and High Definition Television (HDTV).
How does it affect my radio microphone and IEM?The 800MHz band is now no longer be used for TV broadcasts and Ofcom have cleared the 800MHz band TV channels 61-69 to match UHF spectrum being released in other European countries (European Harmonisation) for 4G mobile broadband services.
What actual frequencies have been affected?TV channels 31-37 (550-606 MHz) and also TV channels 61-69 (790-862MHz) are both no longer available for radio microphone or IEM (In ear monitor) use.
What has happened to the European harmonised de-regulated licence-free spectrum between 863–865MHz?The de-regulated and licence-free TV channel 70 (863-865MHz) is still available for radio microphone or IEM use. No licence is required – however there is no guarantee of protection from possible interference sources.
So what frequencies should I use for radio microphones and IEM's?Channel 38 (606 – 614 MHz) is the new home for licensed radio microphones and in-ear monitors. All manufacturers are offering new equipment on channel 38. Please note a licence is required from JFMG (Joint Frequency Management Group) to operate radio microphones in channel 38 – currently this is £75 for a 1 year licence or £135 for a 2 year licence. It’s a requirement by law to be in possession of a licence to legally operate radio microphones or IEM’s in channel 38. Please note JFMG are the dedicated frequency management group for programme-making, entertainment, special events and related activities (PMSE).
How can I check what equipment I currently have?You can usually find the frequency your microphone or IEM operates on by looking on a label or the display on your receiver or transmitter.
Where can I obtain further information?Please refer to the following websites for more details, the latest news and developments:
POLICE 101, Emergency 999, Crimestoppers 0800 555 111, PBOROtrib NEWSDESK 01733 345581, E&OE
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