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Thanks Lee and Neil for the feedback on the forum I was getting the 403 from for several weeks. It came back into operation for me the day after I posted in this thread. I didn’t change my bookmarked link or my cache settings, so I think maybe they saw my post here and fixed something related to my account, or maybe it was just a coincidence. I never could find a direct email address for the forum owner, so I couldn’t communicate my problem to him.
As for interest trends in part 15, I have a couple thoughts. I have been reading and participating in part 15 forums since about 2001. As I remember, there was a lot more activity and more posters up until a couple years ago when things started to trail off. My personal opinion is that this drop off is due in some measure to recent enforcement activity, which may be scaring off new users. The predominant posts on the two most active forums, this one and Hobbybroadcaster, are mostly from enthusiasts who want to experiment with radio and audio equipment for their personal interests regardless of how many other people may be listening.
Sales of the SSTRAN AMT3000 have dropped a little over the last two years, but sales are still very strong and are increasing again this year. This is not to say there are fewer people interested. I think a part of this is due to the fire sale dumping of the inferior, older Talking House transmitters.
The majority of my sales go to antique radio enthusiasts. This is a whole different Part 15 world. There are thousands of people world-wide who own or restore old radios to original condition. Most are AM only radios, and we all know what has happened to AM radio commercial broadcasting. They want to hear programs from the golden age of radio as people heard when these radios were new. There is a vast amount of programming available on the internet for free. The premier forum for antique radio enthusiasts is found at http://antiqueradios.com/forums/index.php. Do a search on transmitters to see the huge number of posts that are actually part 15 related, although most of these people aren’t really aware of the fine details of the part 15 rules.