SMPTE-CT Subsection & SBE-14 Joint October Meeting
Thursday, October 15, 2015
“The Future of Wireless Microphone Operations”
Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT.
6:00 PM Social hour and networking
6:45 PM Meeting starts
7:00 PM Presentation starts
8:30 PM Meeting ends
Produced by Brian Kobylarz
Presented by Joe Ciaudelli
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to repurpose spectrum from traditional over-the-
air TV to mobile broadband through its Incentive Auction, scheduled for March 2016. Pending its
success, a large portion of the upper UHF spectrum, specifically the 600 MHz band will become
unavailable to wireless microphones in about four years… sooner in some areas.
Joe will navigate through the recent FCC rulings essential for wireless microphone operators. Important
considerations are about half the existing UHF microphones are likely to be rendered obsolete or require
extensive modification. However, there will be pockets (guard bands and duplex gap) in the re-purposed
spectrum where mics will be allowed to operate but under different rules. The FCC will be opening
alternate bands to licensed microphone operators for shared use with other primary services.
About the Presenter
Upon graduating from Columbia University with an electrical engineering degree, Joe served in various
capacities at Sennheiser USA. A long recognized wireless audio industry expert, Joe provided frequency
coordination for large multi-channel wireless wireless used by Broadway productions, major theme parks
and broadcast networks.
Joe wrote the chapter on wireless microphones for the last three editions of the Handbook of Sound
Engineers. He will be a member of the U.S. State Department delegation for the World Radio Conference
this November in Geneva, Switzerland.