There are many reasons to ensure that your equipment is properly licensed. The obvious ones are to avoid penalties, or legal action. We think that other reasons are important too.
The RF frequencies you use every day are valuable to other users – and they are being sold off. A lot of wireless microphones that should have been licensed, haven’t been. This has made it easier for governments to ignore or downplay our needs. Simply put, a lot of users don’t value their spectrum enough to pay for it. But mobile phone providers do.
When you arrange a license you are helping our industry to be heard. Thank you.
More information about the sell-off of our spectrum and its impact can be found on Shure’s Losing Your Voice page here.
Each country has its own licensing rules and regulatory authority. Although members of the EU have some rules in common – such as free to use, low power PMR frequencies, there is very little other harmonisation for short term licensing.
For example, in the UK each walkie frequency (or channel) is licensed separately, while in Ireland it is the handset that must be licensed. Further, the frequencies that can be used in the UK are completely different from those permitted in Ireland.
Whether you’re using walkie talkies at a single event, or for a string of dates around the world – we can help you to select and use properly licensed frequencies. Our work with numerous clients around the world helps us to keep track of what does and doesn’t work.
We handle all your applications and pass on a licensed list of frequencies to your walkie talkie provider for programming. We combine the license information into one (really useful) document, along with copies of all your paperwork.
In much of Europe, you can use wireless audio equipment on-stage without a license, but there are many exceptions.
Generally, wireless audio equipment users share space with digital TV and suitable frequencies vary between cities and venues. Transmissions from devices interfere with each other, through a predictable phenomenon known as intermodulation. The effects of intermodulation can be disastrous, so the channels and spot frequencies we license need to be chosen with care. Even where there is no license requirement, most shows benefit from advance planning.
Using intermodulation analysis software, information from our database and feedback from the regulators, we select and license channels that will work together and offer your monitor or RF engineer the greatest possible flexibility on the day. We constantly update our spectrum database and keep information for many venues and locations worldwide, enabling us to offer the best advice for each venue.
We do the planning and licensing in advance and provide you with a coordinated list of proposed (and licensed) frequencies to use each day.
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