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600MHz wireless bands heading to pasture!

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Keithwah, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. Keithwah


    Jan 7, 2011
    Milwaukee WI
    So the friggin idiots at the FCC smelled bigger money than the 700MHz scam from a couple years ago. They are now tentatively setting the plan to auction the bands off next year. Cell carriers are foaming at the prospect and so is the FCC for the billions of dollars they will make off the deal. There will likely be a 4-6 year changeover until everyone using either instrument/vocal/headworns/and also IEM's will need to throw them away because like the 700MHz systems they will not be allowed to resell abroad.

    You will start to see a rash of newer digital wireless coming out in the next couple of years too. Every maker in the business is scrambling for it right now to a given extent. The 400 and 500 MHz are still available, but not everyone makes one in those bands. And those bands are already ridiculously full.

    So is there any reason for concern if you have 600MHz already? Well it will be illegal to use and their will be a big fat fine. Who will patrol the airwaves looking for you. Good question, most likely nobody for the majority of the country, just like with the 700-900MHz bands when they were taken away. And here is the most important question, if you continue to use yours how will you cause problems or get problems from the new Owners of those bands? Likely no getting stepped on from the new Owners and likely the new Owners won't be getting stepped on either. Who will the new Owners be? Big business one and all. Mostly that's where the next Gen of 4G or 5G services, because that's who owns the 700MHz bands. And do I give a damn if Somebody screws up your ability to download porn or cruise CL looking for a new law mower instead of listening to live music?

    Because your little 600MHz UHF radio station is only traveling about 300 feet on line sight on a clear day, there is very little chance you will cause anyone out of eyesight a problem and vice versa. I know a guy who knows a guys buddy who might have continued to used old 700MHz systems ever since the ban with absolutely no problems and no performance issues. I think they will do the same with 600MHz systems too. The idea that they can't create new alternative methods for cell use is no reason to steal money from the wireless users of the world. I won't sell mine to be in compliance, but I am not going to let them sit around...if you know what I mean.
  2. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    One correction - it wasn't "700-900", it was 700's only - 900 mhz is unaffected...

    - georgestrings
  3. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    My line6 wireless is 2.4Ghz.... I'm good :p
  4. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Line 6 is also digital.
    All the analog TV channels were auctioned off due to better bandwidth utilization by digital.
    Progress is that way.

    FCC does not make money, it spends it.
  5. srxplayer


    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA
    I continued to use my 746mhz AKG guitar bug in my house and practice room. I wasn't going go buy something to replace it unless I was going to be playing out more. With a 300' range I'm quite positive I wouldn't bother any TV stations or cell phone companies. But they are using the 700 Mhz bands now. I pick up a lot of interference and static that my wireless receiver runs into my amps. It got so bad that I couldn't use it anymore.
  6. kcamsdog1387


    Jun 22, 2009
    Seacoast NH
  7. srxplayer


    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA
    Too bad they didn't do this the last time when they sold off the 700 MHz band.