FCC 600 MHz spectrum auction affects wireless intercoms In 2012 Congress authorized the FCC to use incentive auctions to make the valuable “low-band” airwaves available for wireless services. The auction closed on March 30, 2017 repurposing 84 MHz of spectrum. The auction produced $19.8 billion in revenue with more than $7 billion to be deposited to the United States Treasury for deficit reduction. The NEI released a statement regarding the incentive auction on June 23, 2017. As a result of the FCC 600 MHz incentive auction, the use of wireless intercoms in the 600 MHz band will soon be prohibited by law. The transition period could last up to 39 months but could end much earlier depending on your location. If you use wireless systems that operate in the 600 MHz band, you should plan to transition to another system. You may visit the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction page for more information. Post Auction Wireless Intercom Solution RadioActive Design provides a post auction wireless intercom solution. The UV-1G works in any available UHF/VHF spectrum below the 600 MHz band so it is the perfect post auction wireless intercom solution. Each channel has an occupied bandwidth of 25kHz Operate 30 base stations with up to 180 belt packs in the same UHF footprint as a 1 base, 4 belt pack system using traditional FM technology Up to 6 belt packs to one base station Audio quality of traditional FM intercom systems These units are in use at multiple nuclear power plants. Contact BHI Energy for more information.