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This isn’t a trial and no one is on the stand, nor is anyone accused of anything.
Frankly, since you brought the other website’s business over to this website, I was talking about my several casual visits over there and seeing an ongoing string of untrue and undeserved stings toward Phil seemingly because of one issue:
The issue was Phil’s choice of not participating in the so-called “challenge,” as if small transmitters could have their own olympics.
In normal society if a man is given a choice, and takes one of those choices, in this case saying “no,” the polite response would be “thanks anyway.” Instead there were frequent ad hominems like “he probably knows the SSTRan would not show well in a real competition,” and worse, “he’s involved in illegal activity on the side.” I won’t distinquish that accusation by repeating it here.
In fact, ironically, it is my opinion that Phil could not legally have participated in the challenge because he’d have had to supply a pre-built transmitter, which would indeed have crossed the line with the federal rules. If a kit had been “donated” then we would have questions as to whether the kit was assembeled correctly by the challenge team and the “competition” would have been unequally weighted.
As to performance reports on the AMT5000, my reports found that it works astonishingly well, but I don’t have a Rangemaster for comparison. Somebody send me one and I’ll do the test.
In fact, NO ONE has every posted a comparison between the two transmitters on this website and the opportunity remains open.
I was able to tune mine without any special test equipment and have only a 2-wire ground radial.
Anyway, nobody can afford those certified transmitters. The FCC requirement for certification is not needed since 15.219 specifies operating conditions that can be controlled by the ordinary user. The pre-built transmitter makers would sell a lot more units if they were relieved of the costly certification obligation, then we’d have a fair and reasonable playing field.