Are your current wireless microphones illegal?

There is a lot of confusion right now about wireless microphones and the frequencies that they use.  For those living in Central Kansas this article will clear up some of the confusion about your wireless systems and if they are legal or illegal.

Why can’t I keep using my 600mhz wireless microphone system?

On April 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an incentive auction, allowing mobile service providers to acquire licenses for the use of the 600MHz band. The major telecom companies taking advantage of this auction were AT&T, Comcast, Dish, and T-Mobile.

The FCC ruled that everyone using a 600mhz wireless system would have until 2020 to change to a lower band of frequencies.  However, if a telecommunication company, in your area, starts to use the frequencies in the 600mhz spectrum the requirement to cease using wireless microphones may be sooner.

If you live in central Kansas, all of southwestern Kansas, and large parts of northeast Kansas your wireless microphones could interfere with T-Mobile’s use of the 600mhz frequencies, and could possible be fined for causing interference with their wireless license.

Are your wireless mic’s or wireless in-ear monitors legal of illegal?

Simply check the wireless transmitter (the microphone) or the receiver to see what frequency spectrum it operates in.  If it operates in  a band of frequencies higher that 608MHZ than it is time to change to a new system.  If it operates in a band of frequencies between 470mhz and 608mhz than you are compliant with the new rules.

Solid Rock Audio Video is here to help

Wireless systems are expensive but we are here to help.  We will give you 10% off any wireless microphone or in-ear monitor system.  We are authorized resellers of Shure, Sennheiser, Audio Technica, and Audix.  We can help you find the right system for the right price.  We know that this is a hassle but we will do everything we can to make your change to a FCC compliant wireless systems as easy as possible.

3 reasons why your church should start live streaming.

There are many reasons to start live steaming your church.  Almost all the reasons can be categorized into these 3 reasons.

1.  Outreach

Why do retail stores put their items in the front windows.  To show people what they sell and draw them in.  When you stream your services it allows people who are seeking God to “window shop” your church.  Seekers want to know if they will fit in at your church or not.  When you live stream it shows that your not singing Gregorian chants or handling live rattle snakes.  It shows who you are.  A group of normal people who are broken and have received forgiveness.

2.  Staying connected

Very few of us can make it to Church 52 weeks a year.  Whether it’s sickness, business, vacation, job schedule, weather, location, and the list goes on, its hard to make it to every week.  Streaming allows people to stay connected to the body of Christ even if they can’t be there in person.  Imagine a single mother who’s child gets sick and she has to miss Church.  This woman desperately needs connections with other believers.  But now she has missed Church and probably won’t go to small group this week either cause she can’t contribute anything to the discussion about the sermon.  She has just missed two of the most meaningful times to connect with people.  However, the church that live streams allows her to worship, give, and learn at the same time as her fellow  brothers and sisters in Christ.

3.  Special events

This is the most practical reason to stream.  When a Church live streams it allows Grandparents who live on the other side of the country or the world see little Sally play an Angel in the children’s Easter play , or little Joey play a sheep in the Christmas pageant.  It also allows friends and relatives see someone get baptized or a child get dedicated to the Church.

Equipment

We’re able to get equipment from nearly any company you can name. A few popular items:

  • Behringer X32 Digital Mixer
  • Midas M32 Digital Mixer
  • Sure SM58 microphone
  • Bose S1 Pro Multi-position PA System with battery
  • QSC K12.2 12″ Powered Speaker
  • Ashley Protea Digital Signal Processor