What is the rest of the group running? If everyone is using 70cm, then you need to use 70cm, if everyone is on 2m then you need 2m. I’m going to send you a DMI’m still learning. Keep pointing me in the right direction.
Update: I’m looking for something inexpensive so I can talk to the group around the bend, over the hill, and through the trees. What would you recommend?
edit: I realize you don’t have a license of any kind… this really limits you to the dying CB radio. For what you’re wanting to do, getting your Tech license would be your best option and then get a Yasue FT-2980 2m radio. I highly recommend the FT-2980 to those that aren’t wanting anything more than to be able to reach out and touch some radio waves. 85 watts on high power and with the correct antenna I have made contacts at 250 miles with a mountain in between without the help of a repeater.
If GMRS is of interest it’s the easier liven to obtain, just pay the FCC the fees and be done with it. Radios are a lot simpler to use, but the range is limited to about 50 miles with perfect conditions.
I’m in NJ (fort lee). It might be worth getting a GMRS license and radio in your truck. A lot of us who have both licenses end up using GMRS when simplex a lot of times for convenience sake. You won’t get anywhere near 50 miles in this area though lol
Repeater networks here on GMRS are small, usually private and are generally not very useful in my experience.
I think in this area you’ll quickly find going the ham route is likely most effective. It is really NOT HARD or expensive to get a technician license. And it really opens up capability. You can find and access repeaters easily via APRS or RepeaterBook.
Pictured is a popular NJ destination, the pine barrens. Not only are there PLENTY of ham repeaters surrounding Wharton, but there are even ham repeaters within the area.
So with a technician license you’ll have plenty of options to reach out and connect if you were in the vicinity of Wharton.
Per myGMRS.com there are very few repeaters (which also require gaining prior permission before using) and they’re far outside the actual pine barrens. I don’t believe I’ve reached any of these repeaters from within Wharton
I hope this helps!
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