Beltronics GT-7 - Two Different FCC IDs: QL4G7M5 and QKLX7M5

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I was doing some research this evening and learned something I wasn't expecting. Apparently the Beltronics GT-7 was produced and sold under two separate FCC IDs. I came across two different ones that were produced just 1 week apart, and in the same factory. What makes this more curious to me is that they didn't change serial number prefixes on either. This is in contrast to other major hardware revisions such as the Beltronics STi Driver vs. STi Magnum, or the Escort 8500 S7 vs the Escort 8500 M4. For both of these Beltronics GT-7's Both use the same CUxxxxxx WWYY format serial numbers; where the x's are the serialized portion of the number, along with the Week (WW) produced of the Year (YY).

From what I can tell, the QKLX7M5 was used up through the 41st week of 2015. Either during the 41st week, or at the beginning of the 42nd week, they switched the FCC ID printed on the devices to become QL4G7M5.

I'm curious if anyone has any insight into this. Was Cedar Electronics (parent corporation of Beltronics, Escort, Cobra, and Snooper) trying to use the different label to get around some red tape for a while, or was there an actual hardware change, or something else all together? Perhaps it was a matter of keeping the books separate during the time when they were sold and acquired?


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I'm guessing it's as simple as that. QKLX7M5 no longer looks to be a valid FCC ID, but this was included in the filing for QL4G7M5:
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