September 26, 2008
As a major manufacturer of wireless and intercom products, it is important we keep our customers informed of any changes in the industry that may affect the use of our systems.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently provided a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding revisions to the Rules Authorizing the Operation of Low Power Auxiliary Stations in the 698-806 MHz spectrum. The revisions include the proposed (and probable) ban on the sale of wireless intercom and wireless microphone products above 698 MHz to coincide with the DTV (Digital Television) transition that will take effect on February 17, 2009.
While the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has not been passed or made law, we are being proactive in our efforts to ensure that our customers are aware of the issues and that we are taking the necessary steps with our product lines to comply with the impending changes. At this point it remains unclear what will happen with the operation of existing equipment above 698 MHz. However, it is very clear that those products will no longer be eligible for sale after February 17, 2009.
With this in mind, we have already successfully completed the re-banding of many systems and look forward to providing this service to you as needed. Our Customer Service staff in Lincoln, Nebraska is available to assist you with your frequency re-banding options and pricing. Please provide as much notice as possible so that we may meet your service turn time needs and contact the Lincoln, NE Customer Service department directly at 1-800-553-5992 ext. 701 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
In addition, Mark Gubser, Senior Product Manager, Telex Wireless Intercom Products has prepared some detailed notes describing how these changes will affect our product lines moving forward, and the steps we are taking to ensure your current Telex Intercom wireless systems can seamlessly make the transition.
Telex Wireless Intercom Products
• By November 1, 2008 orders for wireless intercom products in the “6” or “7” band will be converted to another frequency band offering. After November 1, 2008, new system orders for products in the “6” or “7” frequency band will no longer be processed.
• Replacement TR (Beltpacks) and BTR (Base Stations) for the “6” and “7” bands will be for sale until February 17, 2009 to support systems in the field. After February 17, 2009, orders for replacement products in the “6” or “7” frequency band will no longer be processed.
• Warranty and service of all Telex wireless intercom products will remain, for now, unchanged and in full effect for all frequency bands (including “6” and “7” bands).
• By January 1, 2009 the “5” band will be modified in new BTR-1 and RKP-4 products to eliminate the 698-704 MHz range.
• Re-banding of TR and BTR products that currently operate in the 698 – 806 MHz spectrum is not mandatory and is up to the end user/operator of the equipment to determine. The new owners of the 698 – 806 MHz spectrum can begin operation after February 17, 2009 (some have already initiated temporary service) and this could affect to the operation of your wireless intercom equipment. Rebanding of your wireless intercom equipment can be accomplished, and we will work with you to ensure your continued use of Telex wireless intercom.
• It is important to emphasize that frequency bands in use from 470 to 698 MHz will remain viable going forward.
Beginning in 2006, we announced and implemented a frequency “rebanding” service for the Telex BTR-800, BTR-700, BTR-1 and RKP-4 product lines in an effort to provide a solution that will allow you to continue to operate your existing Telex wireless intercom equipment without having to reinvest in a new system. In addition to the re-banding service, last year we announced and added several new frequency band options to the BTR-800 product line to offer a choice to our customers when selecting an operating frequency band.
The table below outlines the product family, the affected frequency bands, and the frequency bands available for order and re-banding of Telex wireless intercom products.
Product FamilyFrequency Bands Affected by FCC Proposed RulemakingFrequency Bands Available to Order Frequency Bands Available via Re-Band ServiceBTR-700C6A2, B4A2, A4, B4, C4BTR-800C6E88, F1, F2, F3, F4, H1, H2, H3, H4,A2, A3, A4, B3, B4, C3, C4E88, F1, F2, F3, F4, H1, H2, H3, H4, A2, A3, A4, B3, B4, C3, C4BTR-1 and RKP-4F6, F7, H6, H7, A6, A7, B6, B7, C6, C7, D6, D7, E6, E7F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, A2, A3, A4, A5, B3, B4, B5, C4, C5, D5F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, A2, A3, A4, A5, B3, B4, B5, C4, C5, D5BTR-300NOT AFFECTEDN/AN/A
Note: The “5” band covers 686-704 MHz (TV Ch’s 50, 51, 52). The frequency range of 698-704 MHz (TV Ch 52) will be affected by the FCC proposed revisions and will be eliminated from the “5” band range of operation by January 1, 2009.
The DTV transition, 700 MHz band and White Space issues have been well publicized over the past year and remain a political “hot topic” in many publications and web blogs. We are certain that the FCC will continue to make changes in the coming months and we will do our best to keep you informed about these changes and the affect these changes may have to our products. We have enjoyed great success with our wireless intercom systems and know that the re-banding service and the expanded frequency band offering will continue to provide our customers with the flexibility required to integrate these systems into our changing and demanding RF environment.