Radio mic frequencies ukOver the recent years competition for available wireless sprectrum has increased dramatically, and the UK government decided to clear large numbers of frequencies previously allocated to wireless microphone users.
This has affected both professional broadcasters, performance and music professionals, together with churches and occaisional users
The table shows uk wireless spectrum avaialable for shared usage, the frequencies can be shared by anyone throughout the UK.
Consultations on clearing the interleaved spectrum are ongoing
|Wireless Microphone frequencies for UK|
|Channel||Frequencies||Licensed||No. of Mic's|
|VHF||173.8 - 175 MHz||none required||2|
|Ch 38||606.500 - 613.500 MHz||£85 per year (2019)||10***|
|Ch 70||863 - 865 MHz||none required||4*|
|Digital||2400 - 2483.5 MHz||none required||10**|
* Although 4 theoretically possible in practice it may be limited to 3 in close proximity to mobile masts
** Although 10 theoretically possible in practice it may be limited in close proximity to wireless data networks
*** Offcom have a 10 channel plan that shows 10 mic's can be used concurrently, some manufacturers say they can provide more
Which wireless microphone frequency is best?
We have installed many wireless microphone systems, and have experience with operating on all 4 chanels, VHF is so prone to interference that we do not recommend it for any purpose, Channel 70 remains popular because it is free, however, the government can close it down with only 12 months notice and because it is sandwiched between mobile phone frequencies we advise against using it.
Professional digital systems appeared to offer a way forward for users who needed more than 10 concurrent microphones, or, those who did not want to buy a license. However, they share the same frequencies as IT Wireless Networks and in areas where there are large numbers of WiFi networks or large numbers of microphones the WiFi networks will get knocked out.
So which wireless microphone frequency is best? We strongly recommend buying a license and using Ch38 equipment
What is the best wireless microphone system?
To make choosing the best wireless microphone system easier we have decided only to list those wireless microphone systems that we have used ourselves, or installed at customers venues, and where those systems have proved reliable.
Please browse the microphones available for sale by clicking on the products below, or you can add them to your basket directly