chapter  9
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Overview of Wireless Microphone Technology

Outside of recording and broadcast studios, thewirelessmicrophone is virtually indispensable. The

technology dates back to the 1960s, and great strides in performance quality and overall reliability

have been made since that time. Television, staged music and drama performances, religious

services, and public meetings all make use of wireless microphones; and the ultimate freedom of

movement offered by the technology is seen as a boon by everyone involved in live performance.

The earliest wireless microphones employed the commercial FM (frequency modulation) band

at very low output power, and consumer FM tuners were used for signal recovery. In time, the

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated specific frequency bands in the VHF

and UHF television ranges for wireless microphones as well as for other short-range