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I kind of figured that this thing would be expensive. And these instruments would certainly not be in the studio of a typical Part 15 broadcaster. Thanks for all the info.
But it also makes me question ever further recent events with the FCC. Part 15 certification allows manufacturers to sell transmitters, yes, but that’s primarily a bureaucratic thing. Certification also should be a validation to the user and the FCC, if installed according to the manufacturer instructions (which are supposed to form part of the certification), that you are operating legally. Otherwise, what’s the point?
If the FCC is going to ignore certification, and few can afford the instrumentation necessary to validate field strength, then everyone might as well use non certified gear, use best judgement for legality and buy a lottery ticket (i.e., hope that no one complains).
Thankfully, at least for Canadians, Industry Canada isn’t following the same path that the FCC appears to be taking. Although I think I’ll be keeping my eye open for a FIM at a reasonable (!?) price, just in case that changes as well.