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For Wireless Microphone Users: Information about the FCC 600Mhz Transition
Wireless microphone systems operating between 616-653 MHz and 663-698 MHz will be prohibited by law in July, 2020. The FCC auctioned these frequencies off and microphone users will soon need to stop using systems on these frequencies. The 600MHz spectrum is being repurposed for new wireless broadband services and will no longer be available for use by wireless microphones operating in this frequency range.
The end date for legal wireless microphone usage in the 600mhz frequency range is July 12, 2020.
What does this mean to wireless microphone users?
Any microphone system or component in this frequency range will be illegal to operate as of July 12, 2020. Additionally, wireless manufacturers are prohibited from repairing 600mhz transmitters and receivers.
To provide an example:
A Samson Airline 77 replacement headset/transmitter on an "N-series" frequency will be illegal to use after July 12, 2020. However, a full new Samson Airline 77 system on the "K-series" frequencies will not affected, will be legal to use after July 12, 2020 and is available for $299.
Note: Samson, Audio-Technica and Galaxy Audio have extended their 600Mhz Trade-in Rebate Programs through June 30, 2020 (Samson), July 13,2020 (A-T) and June 20, 2020 (Galaxy).
Samson rebate info HERE
Audio-Technica rebate info HERE
Galaxy Audio rebate info HERE
600 MHz Transition FAQs:
How do I know if my mic system is affected?
Here's a partial list of popular wireless microphone systems that are affected by the FCC change:
|Brand||Series||Channel/Group||Affected Part Numbers|
|Shure||BLX||K12, M15||BLX1, BLX4|
|Fitness Audio||U-Series||SU630, SU650||SM-716, SDR-5616, SDR-5716|
|Samson||Airline 77||N1,N2,N3,N4,N5,N6||AH1, CR77|
|Samson||Concert 88||C||CB88, CR88|
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Please keep in mind, this list is only a sampling of components popular in the fitness world. Your wireless system may be affected even if it is not listed here.
We're happy to help you determine if your mic system is affected and direct you to new, legal gear if needed. Please contact us at 800-491-6874 or email@example.com