Wireless Spectrum Workshop (DTV Audio Group)

Monday, December 11, 2017
Location: Gramercy Suite East/B, Second Floor
2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

The successful conclusion of the FCC’s Incentive Auction earlier this year began the countdown for wireless microphone operators to vacate the 600 MHz band.  One carrier, T-Mobile, which acquired the largest chunk of 600 MHz spectrum—known in the telecom industry as Band 71—is rapidly building out its new 5G services, and has already started sending letters to Broadcast Auxiliary Services licensees across the country to notify them that they will be firing up new sites soon for band 71 services promised to cover over one million square miles by year’s end.

Karl Voss, Broadcast Engineer at KAET-TV Phoenix and Lead Frequency Coordinator at the NFL, will introduce the workshop, presenting a brief recap of the Incentive Auction and an update on the shrinking frequency spectrum now available to RF mic operators and the challenges that it presents.

Dan Wilson, Senior Manager, Spectrum Engineering for T-Mobile, will present the carrier’s rollout plan which includes many areas where wireless mic users will need to vacate the 600 MHz band as early the end of this year and the beginning of 2018.

Representatives from wireless audio equipment manufacturers will explain the implications of FCC spectrum rules for new and existing equipment. and will discuss alternative wireless products and emerging technologies to operate outside the 600 MHz band.

With frequency coordinators are already winding down use of 600 MHz band gear in anticipation of the new licensees lighting up their services.  Coordinators, RF Engineers and solution providers will share strategies for working around the loss of spectrum, and will discuss the practical implications of the evolving wireless landscape for live production.

Time Session
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

DTV Audio Workshop

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Welcome to the Spectrum Crunch

Speaker: Karl Voss, National Football League, Lead Frequency Coordinator

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Understanding T-Mobile’s 600 MHz Rollout

Speaker: Dan Wilson, T-Mobile, Senior Manager, Spectrum Engineering

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Technology and Equipment Implications

Moderator: Steve Harvey, Pro Sound News, West Coast Editor
Mark Brunner, Shure, VP, Global, Corporate, and Government Relations
Joe Ciaudelli, Sennheiser, Director, Spectrum Affairs
Jackie Green, Alteros, President and Chief Technology Officer
Howard Kaufman, Lectrosonics, Technical Support Representative
Geoff Shearing, Radioactive Designs, CEO

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Making it Work

Moderator: Joel Guilbert, Dale Pro Audio, Technology Development Manager
Henry Cohen, CP Communications, Senior RF Systems Design Engineer
Chris Regan, RF Venue Incorporated, CEO
Cameron Stuckey, Professional Wireless Services
Dana Underhill, ESPN, Transmission System Engineer
Karl Voss, National Football League, Lead Frequency Coordinator
Jeff Willis, Sports Production Consultant