Feb 07, 2020Do you use wireless microphones in your church?

Do you use wireless microphones in your church?

Kerry Allman One-minute read.   Resources

Do you use wireless microphones in your church? If you do, you should be aware of major changes in how they can be used, and you have up until July 13, 2020 to check and if necessary adjust or replace your equipment.

To meet the increasing demand of wireless broadband services nationwide, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has changed on what frequencies these wireless devices can broadcast. Basically wireless microphone devices that operate in portions of the 617-652 MHz or 663-698 MHz frequencies must cease operating on these frequencies no later than July 13, 2020. Failure to comply with this may result in fines and or additional criminal penalties.

Church AV Equipment — These frequencies are fine.

To find out if your system is affected by this change, contact the manufacturer of your devices to determine the frequency range in which they operate. If your system is affected, the manufacturer may be able to offer you some options or solutions. However, there is the possibility that you may also have to purchase new equipment.

For further information, visit the following link from the FCC: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/operation-wireless-microphones

Kerry Allman serves as the Internet Strategist with the Diocese of Olympia.

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