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What you are describing is all right as far as it goes, Neil. But you neglect to mention that the end results are being published as a ‘Shootout’, i.e., a contest, with a winner and the implicit hypothesis that the #1 transmitter is the best. Which is hardly accurate, considering the small sample size. That isn’t science and it isn’t engineering either.
It wouldn’t have taken much more time or effort to have a sample size greater than 1. Even 2 would have been far more satisfying and made the results more compelling. It makes me wonder how much real life experience the individuals who devised the tests really have with Part 15. I’m hardly an expert, but have used and tested a large number of the available transmitters for almost 10 years; and yet as I’ve posted previously, I’ve seen wide variations in range for individual transmitters (same model) that have been installed identically. I’ve grown to believe that there are other factors at work that come into play because of the miniscule signal being generated in Part 15 (as compared to higher powered transmitters). Not proven, of course, but just from empirical evidence.