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FCC Licensing

Who can get a license for wireless microphones over 50mW?

There have been NO changes in who qualifies for wireless microphone licenses and how much power their transmitter can have.…

There have been NO changes in who qualifies for wireless microphone licenses and how much power their transmitter can have. Only those involved in television broadcast - licensed broadcasters, networks, and people making content for television or motion picture production - can get a license for wireless microphones. They can use up to 250mW. 

People who are NOT directly involved in production for broadcast and motion pictures cannot qualify for a license and, under the new rules, can use wireless microphones
without a license as long as they are 50mW or lower. 

They cannot get a lioense - exactly the same as before the new rules. The only difference now is the exemption for lower powered transmitters. 

If you are involved in TV or movies and want to get your license, you can get the form FCC601 from:

https://wireless2.fcc.gov/helpfiles/appletHelp/instr601s.html

You will also need Schedule H and forms 159 and 160 (also found on the above link). 
(four forms in total)

Posted 10 months agoby LectroAdmin
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I'm a church sound guy (or educator, or musician, or theater) - Can I get a license and use higher powered transmitters?

Prior to the new rules, churches, educators, musicians, or theater (anyone not involved in motion picture or TV production) were…

Prior to the new rules, churches, educators, musicians, or theater (anyone not involved in motion picture or TV production) were not authorized users and could not get a license because they were not Part 74 users. Under the new rules, you are exempted as long as you use less than 50mW. This might change because the rules are preliminary and not yet finalized. We will keep you posted.

You cannot qualify for a higher powered transmitter under the new rules and cannot get a license.

Posted 10 months agoby LectroAdmin
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I'm a sound mixer. Because of the new rules, do I need to get an FCC license since my Lectrosonics are over 50mW?

For a location sound mixer making film or TV content, there have been no changes in the rules. You qualify…

For a location sound mixer making film or TV content, there have been no changes in the rules. You qualify as a Part 74 user.

You have always been required to have a Part 74 license. This has been the case for decades and has not changed. The new rules exempt NON Part 74 users as long as they keep
their power down under 50mW. These users include churches, education, government, bands etc.

Again, for you as a location sound mixer, the rules remains exactly as they have been for decades. Nothing has changed except we can't use frequencies above 700Mhz anymore. 

If you want to get your license, you can get the form FCC601 from:

https://wireless2.fcc.gov/helpfiles/appletHelp/instr601s.html

You will also need Schedule H and forms 159 and 160 (also found on the above link). 
(four forms in total)

Posted 10 months agoby LectroAdmin
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