SBE Jumps Into Wireless Mic Squeezeplay

Society disputes 'false and misleading allegations' by some mic vendors.
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The Society of Broadcast Engineers has issued a policy statement about wireless microphones used in the 700 MHz band.

"Contrary to false and misleading allegations by some vendors of wireless microphones," states the SBE, "the 944–952 MHz Aural BAS band is heavily occupied in most areas of the United States. The band offers very little capacity for the operation of wireless microphones by eligible LPA licensees, and there are normally no options for unlicensed or ineligible licensees to use this spectrum at all."

SBE said it plans to monitor the situation and continue to pursue equivalent replacement spectrum for that lost in the 698–806 MHz band due to relocation, in bands other than 944–952 MHz, to facilitate licensed LPA operation.

Read the SBE's position statement here.


Society of Broadcast Engineers Statement of Policy Regarding Wireless Microphones Used at 944-952 MHz

The reallocation of television channels 52-69 (698-806 MHz, commonly known as the "700 MHz band") for public safety and commercial broadband use has resulted in a severe reduction in available spectrum for Part 74, Subpart H Low Power Auxiliary (LPA) operation. This in turn has created a scramble for spectrum on which licensed wireless microphones (WMs) and other LPA facilities can operate.