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Re: Possible Contenders for the Ultralight Radio Summertime Shootout
Thank you for your suggestions of the GE #7-1637A radio, and the Sony WM-FS493 radio-cassette combo unit, for the Ultralight Summertime Shootout.
As you may be aware, the rules for shootout "contenders" are very close to the rules set by the Ultralight Classifications Committee for Sprint contests, and for competition for John Bryant's List of Firsts and Records. Basically, this means that possible contenders must qualify as an Ultralight radio (as defined by the Definitions Committee), and must be generally available for purchase (as new units) by interested AM-DX hobbyists.
In some instances, such as the E100 and SRF-39FP units, there is a constant possibility that approved but discontinued units may no longer be available for purchase, but once the model is approved by the Committee, the model's qualification will almost certainly be "grandfathered" by the Committee, for future qualification. Otherwise, the Firsts and Records List would need to be altered each time an approved unit was unavailable for NOS purchase on eBay.
As you may be aware, the Classifications Committee has issued a general guideline that radios in combination with peripheral devices (cassette recorders, cameras, mp3 players, etc.) are not currently being considered as qualified for Ultralight Radio designation. This guideline is also being observed for qualification as an Ultralight Radio shootout contender. Radios that follow the definitions guidelines set by the Committee AND available for new or NOS purchase by AM-DX hobbyists will be considered for the Summertime Shooutout, although if the units are not generally available from eBay or other common sources, they may fail to qualify. As such, your suggestion of the GE #7-1637A model will be accepted if the radio can be purchased from eBay (or other common sources) as an NOS unit. The reason for this requirement is so that interested hobbyists can easily order any shootout contender they desire, rather than face the frustration of tracking down a rare discontinued unit.
73, Gary DeBock
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