Some of you may consider getting a ham radio license, Technician class. There are currently 3 levels of license, Technician, General class and Amateur Extra. You are then able to operate on 2 meters, 70cm, 6 meters and a portion of 10 meters with a Technician license. Transceivers can be bought anywhere from $30 (hand held-HT) to $300 (mobile). The higher the cost the more bells and whistles. Generally UHF/VHF transceivers operate at levels up to 75 watts but technically they can use up to 1500 watts of power. Not for everyone but for emergency use it can't be beat. Many of the truckers now are using 2 meter radios. Much more range, can be up to 20-25 miles (depending on terrain). With the use of linked repeaters could be 5-600 miles. No cost for the license but there is a $15 fee to take the license exam. The license is good for 10 years and renewable every 10 years after that, no charge. You can purchase license manuals online from Amazon or ham radio online dealers and book stores and take sample exams online also. I am a ham radio VE (Volunteer Examiner) in the Atlanta area and exams can be taken all across the US. There are multiple exam locations every week in our area so finding a place to take an exam is no problem. Also there is no blue language used or you will be fined or spend time in jail if caught (and you WILL be caught).
If you are interested you can find lots of info online. Go to ARRL.org to find local clubs, exam sites, manuals, and all around information about the hobby. Or just do a Google search on the hobby. The saying is "When all else fails, Ham Radio"
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2011 F-150 Super Crew XLT
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Camped 2015 - 47
Camped 2016 - 51 done - 6 more planned so far