Due to new government regulations, known as the Digital Dividend, many wireless (radio) microphone systems will be illegal to use after 31st December 2014. They may also no longer work, due to interference from mobile phone or TV signals.
This is due to the fact that the government has sold off some wireless frequencies to telecommunication companies.
According to Toowoomba local sound engineer Greg Glanville, from Simply Brilliant Audio Productions, this will have a major impact on churches and businesses that use wireless microphones.
“If your wireless microphone or in ear monitor setup operates on frequencies that have been re-allocated to mobile phone services, 694MHz to 820MHz, you will need to check that it can be tuned outside of this frequency range,” said Greg.
“Unfortunately, if the operating frequency of the equipment cannot be adjusted, new equipment will need to be purchased.”
“Even equipment on approved frequencies may experience interference from new digital TV transmissions.”
Greg said that anyone who uses wireless microphones will need to check the frequencies they are using, because using any frequency between 694MHz and 820MHz will be illegal after December 31.
“We all have a responsibility to ensure we are operating within the confines of the law. There is provision for fines for noncompliance,” said Greg.
S.B.A. Productions can help check if your equipment will continue to be legal.
“Our staff is able to assess your needs, whether you are a church, school, theatre, or another institution with wireless radio microphone systems, and offer a recommendation on audio products to ensure your facility will be operating within the framework of the law,“ said Greg.
For more on the new wireless rules visit www.acma.gov.au