My wife's redneck family are big into ham radio. I considered it, but I'd need someone on the other end listening and I don't know anyone using ham. There's also the issue of getting and maintaining the radio license. I have memory issues and I think you still need to take a test that involves morse code. Even if I cheated my way through the test, the start up cost with all the equipment is expensive.
You got me thinking about something else though. A business I used to own used fleet repeaters. Similar to the way ham radio works, but no license is required. If I remember right, when the radios are programmed, the initial buyer pays for the frequency. The ones we used could easily hit another radio at +50 miles. Still have the issue of needing someone on the other end listening, but if I can find a used set of fleet repeaters maybe others here would want in on it.
If we had a few people here on the same frequency we could just get a message to others to turn their radios on for the day. Something to think about. I'll see what prices I can find.