March 8, 2018
Shure 600 MHz Wireless Rebate
Due to the FCC Incentive Auction, the use of wireless microphones and personal monitor systems in the 600 MHz Band eventually will be prohibited by law. The “600 MHz Band” refers to frequency ranges 616–653 MHz and 663–698 MHz.
If you use wireless systems that operate in the 600 MHz Band, then you should plan to transition to another range of spectrum.
The Shure 600 MHz Wireless Rebate allows you to trade in your eligible system for a rebate with the purchase of a new system. This rebate offer is available for purchases made from April 17, 2017, until October 31, 2018.
January 26, 2018
The transition of the 600 MHz band is underway. We strongly recommend that wireless microphone owners and operators do not delay their equipment conversion and take advantage of our trade-in program now!
While wireless microphone operators may continue to use vacant whitespace channels in this 600 MHz band until July 13, 2020, multiple channels will soon become unavailable once the new licensees (i.e. broadband service providers) commence service. T-Mobile in particular has aggressive plans to introduce their services in most areas this year. Mic operators can stay informed on the latest 600 MHz channel availability in their locale by checking the white space database system. This information can be found through any of the FCC approved whitespace database administrators, such as Spectrum Bridge and Keybridge.
There will be portions of the repurposed 600 MHz spectrum where wireless microphones will be allowed to operate. These are in the forthcoming guard band (614-616 MHz) and duplex gap (653-663 MHz), as seen in the illustration below. If these frequencies are currently vacant, or once they are cleared of TV broadcasters via the repacking process, operating in these pockets will avoid frequencies that may be put into use by the broadband service providers. However existing wireless microphones may only operate in them, if they are or when they become vacant, until the July 13, 2020 transition deadline. Thereafter, only equipment that is FCC certified to operate under the new rules (e.g. within a 20 mW output power limit) will be permitted to operate in the guard band and duplex gap. This is another reason that we encourage customers to take advantage of our trade-in program now. Until newly certified equipment becomes available in the market, customers can confidently purchase any UHF system that does not have the ability to tune above TV Channel 36 (608 MHz) because microphone operation in the 470-608 MHz TV-band frequencies will remain under traditional regulations.
June 14, 2017
Over the next few years, the FCC’s Incentive Auction will prohibit customers from operating wireless microphones in the 600 MHz frequency band. Your current wireless systems may be affected. If so - Sennheiser will help you trade in your old 600 MHz gear towards new wireless!
12/1/17: Sennheiser is pleased to announce that the trade-in program has been extended until June 2018
STEP 1: Check if your current wireless will be affected Wireless mics and monitoring systems are currently allowed to operate from 470 - 698 MHz. In the next few years, FCC will limit operation to 470 - 608 MHz. While the majority of wireless systems in use today will be unaffected, customers with systems that operate above 608 MHz will unfortunately need to discontinue use and migrate to new frequency ranges.
To check if your current wireless will be affected, look for a printed sticker on your equipment indicating its frequency range. On Sennheiser wireless, this information is printed on both transmitters and receivers and is often visible on the main display.
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February 28, 2017
Effective immediately, Shure is discontinuing wireless components
operating in the frequency range affected by the latest round of the FCC
Spectrum Auction (614-698 MHz). Systems and components are no longer
available for ordering in the frequency bands listed below.
ULX-D® and QLX-D® Digital Wireless
L50 (632-698 MHz)
J5 (578-638 MHz)
J5 (578-638 MHz)
L3 (638-698 MHz)
PSM®1000 Personal Monitors
J8 (554-626 MHz)
L8 (626-698 MHz)