Leading wireless manufacturer Shure has issued a strong message to wireless microphone clients: While the UHF TV band may become more crowded, it is not going away by any means. “Reports of the death of the UHF TV band have been greatly exaggerated,” says Mark Brunner, director of public and industry relations. “The UHF TV band has been, and will continue to be, the largest and best spectrum for wireless microphone users.” Shure has worked with the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology since 2003 to raise awareness of the pro audio industry’s needs.
The FCC’s ongoing reorganization of the UHF band is centered on the ongoing transition from analog to digital television. DTV stations will occupy a smaller section of the UHF spectrum (470MHz–698 MHz) than is currently allocated for TV broadcasting. The remaining spectrum (698MHz–806 MHz) has been divided up into blocks, some of which are being auctioned to private companies for new nationwide wireless services, while others have been reserved for public safety communications.
When all these shifts are complete, there will still be unoccupied UHF channels in every market, known as white spaces. Shure has been at the forefront of industry efforts to preserve spectrum for pro audio users. Because the issue has generated confusion among wireless users, resellers and even some manufacturers, Shure seeks to clarify three common points of misunderstanding:
For its part, Shure is already prepared for the new wireless landscape, however it shakes out. “When the timetable for the auctions became clear, we responded by transitioning our wireless products to new frequency ranges that are below the auctioned and public safety blocks,” Brunner says. “Our premium UHF-R product was designed with the post-DTV RF landscape in mind. Its 60MHz tuning bandwidth is among the widest in the industry, offering maximum flexibility to large-scale wireless users.”
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