Who's Down with FCC?

The dreaded FCC auction looms ever closer, when we'll get to see exactly what parts of our precious wireless spectrum will remain usable by the film, television, and broadcast industries. Lectrosonics Technical Representative Howard Kaufman gives a current view of the situation in the video above and we wrote up a summary when the FCC adopted the relevant reports, but here's some quick tips for making your kit future-resistant:

  • Buy wideband wireless systems, such as the Lectrosonics L-Series and SSM Transmitter. You'll need access to as much spectrum as possible, especially if your kit travels widely. It looks likely that the spectrum will remain clearer under 600 mHz, so we recommend sticking to Blocks A1 and B1. B1 might be especially useful, since there's a good possibility of some spectrum being permitted around TV channel 37 (608 to 614 MHz).
     
  • Get a part 74 license. I know we say it a lot, but it's still good advice. Many of the protections will be in place only for licensed users and unlicensed users are likely to have to deal with interference in crowded markets, such as New York. Local 695 has a good guide to getting yourself a license here.

Stay tuned for more updates as we have them and feel free to contact us with questions.

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Reading the FCC Tea Leaves

Yesterday's FCC meeting had two items of particular import to wireless microphone users:

  1. Public Notice on the incentive auction for wireless spectrum.
  2. Report and Order 14-165 concerning unlicensed (Part 15) and licensed (Part 74) wireless mic operation in the TV and 600 MHz bands

A third item, Report and Order 14-166, concerning other spectrum bands that wireless mics can operate in, was deleted from the agenda, and was adopted prior to the FCC meeting.

More about the auction and our best guess as to how this will affect licensed and unlicensed wireless microphone operators below the jump.

Made From America, Wireless From Italy

Above: Sound mixer Matt Sonnenfeld.

While preparing his audio kit for Great American Country’s new travel show Made From America, produced by The Chapter Media, Matthew Sonnenfeld turned to WisyCom wireless microphones.  WisyCom’s extremely wide band tuning, the equivalent of six blocks, made it possible for Sonnenfeld to travel from coast to coast without having to sacrifice available frequencies or change out wireless blocks.

Sonnenfeld used MCR-42 receivers and MTP40-US transmitters with DPA 4061 lavalier microphones.  “The WisyComs simply sound excellent.  The noise floor is unnoticeable to my ears and together with the DPA 4061’s, I’d be hard pressed to find a wireless unit that sounds better.  They are solidly built and easy to operate,” says Sonnenfeld.

Sonnenfeld mixed the entire show with the Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder. “The reliability of my Sound Devices recorder, along with the wideband tuning of WisyCom, gave me the freedom to travel all over the country, and the confidence to be able to concentrate on getting the best audio possible without having to worry about my wireless,” says Sonnenfeld.


Matt Sonnenfeld and DP Matt Mitchell aboard a lobster fishing boat for Made From America.

Made From America follows entrepreneur Gabe Johnson as he travels around the country finding small businesses that inspire vintage style t-shirts. Gabe’s Horses Cut Shop t-shirts uniquely capture a slice of Americana as he not only creates artwork based on American businesses, but he gives back to the businesses with the sale of each t-shirt. Made From America airs Thursday nights at 9 on Great American Country.

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