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Wireless Availabilities (Sound) Bill in U.S.
  • I may be late to hearing about it, but I just found out about this: http://broadcastengineering.com/audio/house-bill-calls-wireless-mic-safe-havens

    At least it's an attempt to make life easier for us location sound people. Here in the U.S., of course they took away the 700 band and I had heard a rumor that in a few years time the 600s would go. So seeing this helps put me at a peace of mind – I already have enough trouble with finding good frequencies and not getting RF hits as it is. Just thought I'd share if anyone had additional news or wanted to contact their rep.

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  • At least it's an attempt to make life easier for us location sound people. Here in the U.S., of course they took away the 700 band and I had heard a rumor that in a few years time the 600s would go.

    Mobile traffic brings huge income. So, in most countries bands are baing transferred to such companies.

    Add here absolutely idiotic situations where up to 5 companies want make independent high speed LTE in same place.

  • Yeah, that's a shame. In the bright side, maybe it'll force more productions and DPs to keep their shots boom-able.... Nah, I know better.

  • In Oct. 2013 the FCC started a proposition to sell off the 600MHz band at some time in the future. This affects the USA only.

    There is a good comment at the end of this linked article saying that if the proposition is accepted this wouldn't happen until the end of 2016. Still if you are buying wireless gear today, it sounds like it's safest to buy in the 500 MHz spectrum, for use in the USA.

    http://www.dslrfilmnoob.com/2014/01/06/wireless-frequencies-disappear-2014/

  • @CFreak

    They can sell 500Mhz also :-) If serious money is involved and bunch of idiots who expect speedy wireless internet.

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev at least the 500 MHz band isn't on the table yet.

    Maybe in the future all actors can use sign language and we won't have a need for wireless mics after all :-)

  • Maybe in the future all actors can use sign language and we won't have a need for wireless mics after all :-)

    I am sure it'll be only gay black actors who will be allowed to use only sign language in next 3 years.

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev

    I don't understand your point in that statement.

  • @CFreak

    My point is that "equality" thing went above any bounds.

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev I understand.

    If I look to the US Declaration of Independence for inspiration http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_men_are_created_equal

    I think there may have to be a march on Washington DC of Sound Professionals and Filmmakers to defend their wireless mic property, then. (Just joking. There's too much apathy in the US for that to happen)