Not a ham but I do GMRS , very easy, license is $30 for 10 years . lots of repeaters , in fact I put one up outside my cabin in Utah and could talk 80 miles . There is one outside of mesquite Nevada that I can hit from my place in henderson and that is about 120 miles . On the issue of running on a frequency that you are not licensed for . At the 1982 mint there was a race team using the input frequency of the metro police in Vegas dispatch channel . It took them 30 minutes to find the main pit at the speedway and they were informed to stop using that channel or face confiscation of radio's and arrest or fine . About 2 hours later they got on the radio and that was it took radios and they were citedOver the years, I've met quite a few Hams in desert racing... just curious how many are out there and active?
Personally, I don't have a lot of time to do much with it, but it's fun to call out or answer calls on the highway frequency (VHF) while traveling.
Great attitude. Radio isnt going anywhere no matter how hard the gov tries. Pretty easy to erect a tower, or even better hook up to a plane.When the government takes down the communication towers, (as california has already talked about) what will any of this matter?