Actually, you may find that your VHF gear may perform better now as much of the action is happening higher up in the spectrum and many broadcasters are abandoning VHF for UHF and higher in the digital realm. As long as you have no hits and are talking short range (< 100 feet) you should do fine. A real beef with VHF was not frequency or power but just that the gear wasn't frequency-agile. You were stuck with one freq and if it was stepped on you were out of luck. Luckily with most stuff moving up the band it''s getting better.