Larkspur were the series of radios that served the British Army around the world before Clansman arrived to make everyone's life a lot simpler. This it no doubt did, but it is easy to forget that the Larkspur radios had advantages too.
- The manpack radios used wax sealed batteries which, once used could be thrown away (and you could in those days), removing the need for all forms of battery charger. No ACCU or DCCU to worry about.
- The Royal Artillery used a separate part of the VHF frequency range to the rest of the Army, indeed different VHF manpacks and vehicle radios, which meant you never had to accidently listen to the over exited traffic that a gunner net produces. All other operators could sit back and relax with 'normal' levels of traffic.
- Every radio in the Larkspur family suffered from 'frequency drift'. This meant as an operator you had to ask for or give a radio check at leat every ten minutes and retune the radio every thirty. Tuning involved a lot more than just 'dialing up the frequency' so the retunes and radio checks made the operator very important. No officer and very few soldiers knew the black art of 'radios' and voice procedure and when the HF set was working CW the HQ Staff would stand around in awe, passing the operator brews that they willingly made for him to sip smuggly between messages.
Clansman brought on the age of "everyone's an operator" and making a whole breed of pale pastey people have to venture out into the sun and make their own brews.