I was sent a link to this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/28/ofcom_pln/ Several paragraphs down it says: My bold. That matches our military HF band (Larkspur and Clansman) almost exactly. So has our HF band been given away to the "bearded hobbyists in the ham-radio community" (quote from colleague supplying the link) because we no longer use it? My italics. What about our military VHF band which ran from 30 - 76MHz on Clansman. Or is it simply that we never expect to fight on our own soil so we might as well share these bands and if it interferes (if you'll pardon the pun) with our training in this country, it will prepare us for working in difficult conditions overseas?