Information about wireless frequency allocation

Updated November 2012

From 31st December 2012 wireless systems working on channel 69 (854 - 862 MHz) will no longer be usable, and will in fact be illegal to use. Please read on for more information.

What's this all about?

Basically, Ofcom decided to sell some wireless frequency bands for mobile internet 4G use. The problem is that these frequencies were previously being used by wireless microphones and in-ear monitors across the UK. From 31st December 2012 it will become illegal to use these frequencies, and old wireless systems operating on channel 69 will become unusable unless you can re-tune them to channel 70.

Which frequencies are affected?

Wireless systems which use channel 61-69 (790-862MHz) will start to experience interference. Channel 69 (854-862 MHz) is the most affected, as 80% of wireless microphone systems used this channel. It will actually become illegal to use them as this bandwidth will be licensed to someone else rather than being free for public use.

If your equipment allows, you can retune it to channel 70 (863-865 MHz) but if not you will no longer be able to use it.

What's available now and what should I buy?

Channel 70 (frequency range 863-865 MHz) systems can be used by the public with no need for an annual licence. The down-side is that you can only get four wireless systems working together in the same place at the same time as there is a limited bandwidth to work within. Click here for an example of these microphones in our online shop.

Click to fill in our simple enquiry formChannel 38 (frequency range 606-614 MHz) microphones are also available but they require an annual UK Wireless Microphone Licence. The up-side is that you can get professional systems with many more microphones working together at the same time within the wider bandwidth range. Please call us for some Channel 38 microphone examples and prices, they're not expensive.

All of the systems on our website are channel 70 unless otherwise stated - we will recommend channel 38 systems to you if you need more than 4 wireless systems working together at the same time in the same location or for some professional systems which only come in channel 38.

If you buy a Channel 38 system you will need to buy an annual licence or it will be illegal to use it. Please visit this website www.jfmg.co.uk and register and buy online or you can call them on 020 7299 8660 for more information about what you need to do.

If you have questions about the wireless products sold by us please email enquiries@whatpa.co.uk  and we will do our best to advise you.