Compensation for churches affected by wireless microphone spectrum switchover
Ofcom has published the details of a compensation package for users of licensed wireless microphone systems whose equipment may effectively be made redundant following changes to spectrum allocation due to take effect in 2012.
This is likely to affect large church and cathedrals currently using Channel 69, which tend to be those using four or more wireless microphones, or those in dense urban areas which have experienced problems with interference in the use of unlicensed channels. Channel 69 concerns UHF ( Ultra High Frequency Microphones with frequencies from 854 MHZ - 862MHZ, microphones will be a set frequency in this band.
Compensation of up to 55 per cent of the cost of replacement equipment, or modification costs up to the same amount, are likely to be available to such churches if they held a valid Channel 69 licence during 2008.
It is, however, vital that such churches register with the scheme administrator between September and December this year, in order to be eligible for compensation.
Your PA installation company should also be able to help with further advice.