If I remember correctly, Dragon_Heart, they made the 27MHz AM frequency illegal, as well as the upper and lower sidebands, (used mostly for skip-talk) but allowed FM if you bought a licence. I remember some great rows and fights between we AM users and the FM users around the city. I know some guys went on to HAM radio when they brought in FM. Some people did indeed spend thousands on equipment and a lot of us built our own aerials. At the peak of my interest, I had a Cobra 148GTLDX 480 with a KC slide (always wanted a Cobra 2000 or a Yeasu), a Sigma 4 antenna (for local work), a Moonraker 4 element beam and a 4 element homemade horizontal beam (for skip-talk), both on a rotator. I still have a load of QSL cards from all over the world somewhere on the attic, I think. Ah, happy, innocent days. Catch you on the flip-side, Dragon_Heart, 10-10 for now.