A proper CB service would allow the use of external aerials (home-base or mobile), 4 or 5 watts of power, maybe a mix of modulation, considerably more than 8 channels, and a choice of in-vehicle/base/hand-held radios. In theory, a properly specified VHF CB service would essentially kill off PMR446; or due to the radios being mega cheap, remain the preserve of kids playing around.northern35s wrote:I don't see a problem with asking for it, it would appear Ofcom suggested it. Will it be any different to that offered by PMR 446? I doubt it very much, low power handheld and built in antennas
I am intrigued by the German company suggesting type-approval of their radios. A UHF service, like the Australian system, would be quick to deploy as there is already a ready market of kit. Sadly, the Aussie allocation sits on UHF (Band IV) TV channel 21, which is now running one of the HD multiplexes from a number of TV transmitters, and unlikely to be moved. I am not sure they could type-approve VHF radios if no definitions of a service exists. I would assume we need to ask for the spectrum, then lobby for what the service should allow before type-approval documents are drawn up?!