UK integrator Reflex says that it is receiving an increase in queries from customers concerned about forthcoming changes in the channels available for picking up the frequencies of wireless microphones.
Wireless microphone users have historically had exclusive use of channel 69. However, in a process leading up to January 2012, this will change to channel 38, as Ofcom frees up capacity for new uses, particularly mobile broadband. After the switch, legacy products which rely solely on channel 69 will no longer work. Many customers have these products in use as part of a larger installation within boardrooms or lecture theatres.
Reflex’s audio expert Andi Allan offers the following top three tips to end users in the run up to the conversion.
Firstly, check if existing wireless microphone systems can operate in the new channel, as some models are engineered to accept both the old and new ones. If there are a number of microphones, it might be worth planning a programme of upgrades to a model that will accept both channels, so that when the time for the switch arrives, it will be painless and seamless.
Secondly, some manufacturers are offering a trade-in service, letting customers offset the cost of new microphones with the obsolete ones. It’s worth a phone call to the supplying integrator. According to MD Roland Dreesden (pictured), Reflex has a five person strong technical team who will be happy to give advice on existing microphone compatibility with the new channel.
Finally, users should remember to buy licenses if they have microphones operating in the licensed bands.
More information can be found at www.jfmg.co.uk.