WIRELESS MICROPHONE FREQUENCIES - 2012 DIGITAL SWITCH OVER - UK LICENCE FREE WIRELESS REGULATIONS
Wireless Microphones For Program Making and Special Events (PMSE)
In the UK, the use of cordless radio microphones, in ear monitoring and other wireless audio equipment by bands, music venues, theatres, schools, dance / aerobics classes, communitiy centres and similar is classed as Program Making and Special Events (PMSE). The radio frequencies in which most wireless microphones currently operate cannot be used after the UK Digital Switch Over (DSO) during 2011 / 2012. It is likely that your existing radio wireless microphone and other wireless audio equipment will be affected by the new UK wireless regulations.
Which wireless frequencies require a licence in UK?
VHF 175.250* - 176.60MHz* | 191.900 - 209.800MHz
Frequencies available: 175.250*, 175.525*, 176.600* MHz | 191.900, 192.800, 193.000, 199.700, 200.300, 200.600, 208.300, 208.600, 209.000, 209.200, 209.600, 209.800MHz
(* not available in Northern Ireland)
UHF 606.500 - 613.500 MHz (Ch 38)
614.500 - 629.500 MHz | 854.900 - 861.750 MHz only available until completion of Digital Switch Over in 2012
630 - 790 MHz (Ch 41 - 60)
Part of the "Interleaved Spectrum" requiring a special licence which will be valid only for a specific event, location and duration. There are many hundreds of frequencies available within this spectrum to cater for really large events. Should you need to use a frequency in this range you can apply for the licence and if the frequency is available, it will be licenced to you for the duration of your specific event only. This licence applies only to one specific frequency and not all frequencies in this band.