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I’d love to try and answer any questions you have. I am a recent ham technician so hopefully I can steer you the right way. I do know there are many others on here that have a lot of experience, so hopefully they see this post and can provide better feedback. When you say “Would like everyone’s input on the GMRS and ham” what do you mean? Like what are our thoughts of using one versus the other? Here are some of the reasons I went with my ham license: Range – GMRS uses UHF (ultra high frequency) which is pretty much just line of sight communications. With the correct ham license you can use UHF, VHF, and HF. VHF will give you better range and can penetrate objects better than UHF. HF will allow you to talk across the state, country, or even world if you set things up properly. Community – From the little research I did before I got my license, I saw ham as the go-to form of communication for preppers, emergency response during disasters, and had a larger community Regulations – normally I’m not a fan of regulations, but with strict FCC laws, and the ham community wanting to keep the community pure and only allowing those who study and pass the test to use their system, it comes with the benefit of a helpful and nice community. I heard that CB radio is pretty bad, anyone goes on there, and is pretty much for trucker talk. GMRS probably is cleaner than CB because you do need to pay a fee to get a license unless a member of your family has a license. A benefit of GMRS though is that only one person in the family needs a license. My wife isn’t too interested in ham, so she won’t have the skills or experience to use the radio if she ever needed to. Where as if we both had GMRS radios, then we can start messing around immediately and become familiar with them. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I’ll see if I can answer them!

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I’d love to try and answer any questions you have. I am a recent ham technician so hopefully I can steer you the right way. I do know there are many others on here that have a lot of experience, so hopefully they see this post and can provide better feedback. When you say “Would like everyone’s input on the GMRS and ham” what do you mean? Like what are our thoughts of using one versus the other? Here are some of the reasons I went with my ham license: Range – GMRS uses UHF (ultra high frequency) which is pretty much just line of sight communications. With the correct ham license you can use UHF, VHF, and HF. VHF will give you better range and can penetrate objects better than UHF. HF will allow you to talk across the state, country, or even world if you set things up properly. Community – From the little research I did before I got my license, I saw ham as the go-to form of communication for preppers, emergency response during disasters, and had a larger community Regulations – normally I’m not a fan of regulations, but with strict FCC laws, and the ham community wanting to keep the community pure and only allowing those who study and pass the test to use their system, it comes with the benefit of a helpful and nice community. I heard that CB radio is pretty bad, anyone goes on there, and is pretty much for trucker talk. GMRS probably is cleaner than CB because you do need to pay a fee to get a license unless a member of your family has a license. A benefit of GMRS though is that only one person in the family needs a license. My wife isn’t too interested in ham, so she won’t have the skills or experience to use the radio if she ever needed to. Where as if we both had GMRS radios, then we can start messing around immediately and become familiar with them. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I’ll see if I can answer them!