Don't radio mics used in small locations (e.g. church hall etc) just work on
a local signal (i.e. mic to amp - like a baby minder thing)?
Apart from interference issues, wouldn't they still work like the old local
CB radios - my walkie talkies still work even though they are on the
obsolete (and probably illegal now) frequency.
Are the channel 69 mics transmitted from a central source?
As you gather, I'm not that clued up about these things.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard York" <rich...@lizards.force9.co.uk>
To: "NSP group" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 9:17 PM
Subject: [NSP] Radio Mics and channel 69
Not instantly an obvious smallpipes issue, I realise, but enough pipers
here are in bands or other organisations using radio mics to make this
worth passing on, I hope.
Monday's Radio 4 PM programme reported that the Gov't, in their Ofcom
hat, are selling off the radio frequencies used in the UK by all radio
mics, including loop systems, known as channel 69.
They're going to re-assign different frequencies for this use, but
existing equipment won't work on them, so will need replacing.
To be really helpful they aren't telling which frequencies they'll be
making available instead, or when they'll be doing it.
They are apparently generously offering to pay for the equipment thus
rendered useless, but only the value of the stuff at the time, not its
replacement value. .. anyone want to guess the market value of a dead
I know the mics aren't re-tunable, I don't know about the receivers -
we haven't got one yet.
There's an article I found earlier today online at
So bands, churches, concert halls, theatres, amateur dramatic groups,
schools, and anyone else using this equipment is going to be out of
pocket, and inconvenienced too.
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