IMHO, if FCC was concerned enough about it and had the resources to enforce, they would simply go ahead and do it without regard to AMA concerns; AMA influences only a tiny fraction of the R/C market. You may well be right about AMA having an incentive to get un-stickered radios banned to avoid liability, though. I am not in the know as to who raised the issue during AMA/FCC liaison, or why. Seems natural to question who would gain the most (in the $$ sense, always a factor) by such action, and the middlemen that have exclusive US distribution agreements with some
of the PRC manufacturers appear to be the biggest stakeholders. AFAIK
, the essential consumer SS RF stage packages are all supplied as chips/chipsets by a very limited number of vendors. If that is so, certificating the whole tx package including chassis and baseband h/w and firmware makes little sense sans an objective to control the trade.
init4fun: Sorry you had a bad experience with HK. I have had a goodly number (in the 70's now) of orders with them over a few years without a glitch. At any rate that was one example of many suppliers to the R/C market in China. I'm surely not alone in thinking the value added by the middlemen for some of the products they deal in justifies their markup that is often several hundred percent. I admit it, I'm too cheap to pay $50 for a Chinese made LiPo pack when I can get for $10 from a Chinese vendor's US warehouse.