No, but I hear many grumpy G3s and G7s complaining that 2 metres and 70 cms is just glorified CB, so adding lots of M6s to that is not necessarily going to help. One has to also remember that VHF is hard: knowing which frequencies to transmit on lest you incur the wrath of the band-police; having to say "QSY 145.73" (for example) instead of "meet you on channel 35"; having to be reasonably formal instead of being able to say "Electron going 10-6 for a 10-200, 10-4". I would suggest the majority would prefer the less formal approach of CB than the formal approach of Amateur Radio. On CB, I am "The Electron" and you will have a hell of a job finding me (unless you have the right gear and can fox-hunt). On Amateur Radio, I am "M0PLT" and you can easily find who I am.GeeFull wrote:Surely you are not saying the "bulk" of prospective VHF users would fall into that bracket?
That is where Dave 'Oggy' and his membership of the EU CB federation could come in handy. The radio enthusiasts on TM1 can put forward suggestions of what the radios should be capable of doing (as I already have), and possibly even help draw up the type-approval documents. Taking the existing for FM/AM/SSB documents and swapping 27MHz for what ever VHF allocations might become available should not be too hard.GeeFull wrote:And powers that be being powers that be, they require all the "I's" dotted, and "T's" crossed from a "technically valid" point of view, before they even consider spectrum allocation!
All free-to-use radios have to be type-approved as the operator cannot be expected to check the operations in the same way that Radio Amateurs do. You have reinforced my point about trying to use already allocated frequencies, or attempting to find common ground via CEPT. The Australian UHF CB service would be ideal as radios, aerials, etc., are already available to a common market segment. But to use those radios over here, the bottom-end of the Band IV UHF TV allocations needs to be cleared out. It could well be that Ofcom are willing to allow a VHF CB allocation, but end up blocked by those frequencies being used throughout the rest of the EU.GeeFull wrote:Only thing to remember is, as with any "Ofcom" granted, "licence free" allocation, it would no doubt come with VERY stringent rules and limitations applied, and they would almost certainly mention the dreaded "type approved equipment" etc.
So first off you would need enough current manufacturers willing to supply said "UK type approved" VHF equipment, and secondly knowing Ofcom, it may well be greatly down in specs from what might be reasonably desired!