600 MHz Spectrum Update - August 2019

We're inching ever closer to the July 13th, 2020 deadline when the transition to the new USA spectrum regulations will be complete and production wireless systems will have to stop using most of the 616 - 698 MHz (block 24-26) frequencies. However, changes are already afoot:

Before July 13th, 2020

  • Barring a notice from T-Mobile, you may continue to legally use wireless in 616 to 698 MHz; however, we strongly recommend changing frequencies as soon as possible.
     
  • Wireless equipment in 616 to 698 which is currently in production can still be reblocked. Discontinued / legacy gear cannot be reblocked, though it may be able to be serviced.

 

After July 13th, 2020

  • Use of 616 to 698 MHz (with the exception of the 653-663 MHz duplex gap) becomes illegal for production wireless.
     
  • You may continue to legally use discontinued / legacy equipment in 470 to 616 and 653 to 663 MHz, as long as the operator complies with transmitter output power regulations and  has a license where applicable.
     
  • Reserved channels for wireless mics will be discontinued.
     
  • Wireless equipment in 616 to 698 MHz which is currently in production can still be reblocked. Discontinued / legacy gear cannot be reblocked, though it may be able to be serviced.

 

Check out our 2017 gude for a more detailed look at alternate frequencies and other steps you can take, including getting a Part 74 license, which we highly encourage and will allow you more frequency options and higher power output.

If you have any questions about your wireless situation, feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at (212) 629-9430.

Relevant to the whole wireless kerfuffle, we've just given our RF frequency scan repository a facelift with updated TV channels, new overlays from more manufacturers, and fresh scans for most studios in the NY area with 900 MHz data.

However, a lot of our data is pretty stale and doesn't reflect all the recent changes, so if you've got scans to share, send them our way!

Kaufman Astoria Studios

Silvercup Studios

Times Square

Steiner Studios

High Fidelity Fashion

Okay, so you probably know fashion shows better than we do (though not for lack of trying), but we do know a little bit about the audio and communications equipment you rely on to make the runway run. Give us a call at 212-629-9430, shoot us an email at [email protected], or check out our online rental inventory and let us know how we can help make your show a success.

The prices below the jump are only guidelines - we're always happy to work with your budget on a custom package!

Under the Wire

Put off your tax-deductible business expense purchases until the last minute? It's cool, we've been there. To help you get those purchases in under the 2017 wire, just put the words "RUN IT" in the comment field of your online order at gothamsound.com before 6pm EST on Sunday, 12/31. (Normally, we only process online payments during business hours and when we've confirmed that everything in your order is in stock.)

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