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Justice C. Bigler

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Re: 700MHz wireless.
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2012, 05:50:12 pm »

26 months ago would have been 1 month before the ban went into effect. Was it some type of oversight that they went out on rental then?

I've seen several ankle biter shows come through in the last couple of years that are still carrying 700MHz stuff. They don't really appreciate it when I tell them that they are using illegal equipment. And unfortunately, I don't really have the backing of my management here to be able to say, "shut it down. Here, use our stuff that's legal and way better than your stuff anyway".
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Re: 700MHz wireless.
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2012, 06:18:30 pm »

I've seen several ankle biter shows come through in the last couple of years that are still carrying 700MHz stuff. They don't really appreciate it when I tell them that they are using illegal equipment. And unfortunately, I don't really have the backing of my management here to be able to say, "shut it down. Here, use our stuff that's legal and way better than your stuff anyway".

I see enough of it to know that it is still out their and in use, but something strikes me wrong about the timing of the rental; especially since at 4% per month, 26 months would have paid off the equipment. That is 25 months of rental fees those following the rules did not get to collect, and was probably a larger value than the rebates Senn offered for over a year.

I don't have a lot of sympathy for anyone left with 700 MHz equipment and no plan for retiring it.
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Re: 700MHz wireless.
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2012, 11:36:41 pm »

26 months ago would have been 1 month before the ban went into effect. Was it some type of oversight that they went out on rental then?
And wasn't the sale of wireless microphones operating in the 698-806 MHz spectrum prohibited some time before the operational ban went into effect?

I see enough of it to know that it is still out their and in use, but something strikes me wrong about the timing of the rental; especially since at 4% per month, 26 months would have paid off the equipment. That is 25 months of rental fees those following the rules did not get to collect, and was probably a larger value than the rebates Senn offered for over a year.

I don't have a lot of sympathy for anyone left with 700 MHz equipment and no plan for retiring it.
One should probably know what they have out and unless it was known that the units would always be used where the 700MHz operation was not a factor, any banned systems or devices probably should have been replaced when the ban went into effect.  I can also see a renter having an issue with paying for equipment that was rented to them after it was illegal to sell or operate and whose use potentially put them at risk.
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Re: 700MHz wireless.
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2012, 09:12:29 pm »

The systems were sent out on a international tour. We knew, but we thought that it would be possible to retune the system.
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Re: 700MHz wireless.
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2012, 07:41:31 am »

I asked the "retuning" question of Sennheiser years before the ban.

The G2 was never designed for retuning. It would require circuit board replacements in both TX & RX plus antenna changes in bodypacks. Everything needs a factory calibration & firmware swap also. The cost would be prohibitive & takers would be few, so Sennheiser never offered the service.
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« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2012, 08:57:23 am »

The systems were sent out on a international tour. We knew, but we thought that it would be possible to retune the system.

Well, you are ethically covered. As for the business side, I guess you have to hope for some continued international use to continue ROI on those units, and hope they have made enough to be replaced here. Given how hard the companies pushed the rebates, I never really considered retuning as an option.
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Re: 700MHz wireless.
« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2012, 03:36:38 pm »

Al,
I just wanted to chime in and confirm that Jim's statements concerning retuning our EW systems is correct below.  Technically, it would be possible with some board swaps, but with the materials and labor, it becomes largely cost prohibitive by the time you compare it to the cost of a new system.

As Bob mentioned, Robb and I (and a few others) try to check in here from time to time.  Please feel free to contact us directly if we can be of any assistance.

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I asked the "retuning" question of Sennheiser years before the ban.

The G2 was never designed for retuning. It would require circuit board replacements in both TX & RX plus antenna changes in bodypacks. Everything needs a factory calibration & firmware swap also. The cost would be prohibitive & takers would be few, so Sennheiser never offered the service.
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Re: 700MHz wireless.
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