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Re: New Safety Rules?
The nautilus gizmo (from one of the links on Panbo) strikes me as either great or frail, I'm not sure which. The size of all the other "cigarette packs" but including a VHF so there's two-way communication. I expect that's fleapower for short duration, but that could be plenty good enough, considering it is one small packet. Question being just how durable it is.
On the cost of equipment...That could be turned into a positive thing for clubs and sponsors. If a club is running weekly races, why not buy a dozen safety gizmos, of whatever kind, and then make them available to the racers? Maybe free to club or USSA members, $10 a shot to non-members, possibly required equipment so they become a benefit to members and a revenue source to the club for non-members. Price it out so that the cost of buying one, is the same as the cost of "renting" one from the club for all races, all season. And give members more incentive, i.e. sell off the used ones at a discount at the end of every season and rotate in new ones for the next.
Or just take out life insurance on all the racers, and leave the safety equipment entirely optional. (G)