Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Escondido, California
Well you either ignored or missed my points, it is clear you are just too in love with ham radio to actually get my points.
I love my ham radio too but a 2m rig is not the perfect offroad radio either. Having both in my TJ, 2m and CB, I use the one that works the best & MOST of the time, my CB works better. Rarely do I encounter conditions where I need my 2m and that is normally only with organized events where a repeater has been set up on a local mountain top. In the uneven mountainous terrain I wheel in which usually doesn't have a repeater within 50 miles, the line-of-sight VHF 2m signal just can't get through the mountains but my HF CB can. I have more reliable communications in such terrain than my 2m can provide. So if you live where it's flat, fine, a 2m will work fine... but without a close-by repeater, it won't in non-flat terrain that many of us offroaders happen to enjoy wheeling in.
As a long-term active ham, I run into a lot of ham-snobs that just refuse to listen why CB is more popular offroad. 2m has its place, which is why I have a 2m in my Jeep, but for you to try to tell long-term offroaders their CBs don't work as well as 2m is just plain false. If my 2m rig worked better offroad in all situations than my CB does, I'd sure as hell use it instead.
In other words, I'm not so enamored by my general class ham radio license that I can't see the benefits of CB for most offroading needs.
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