reply to post by Wiz4769
I have to completely agree with you WIZ4769.
The OP’s argument is flawed. He first argues that CB is the better choice for most people because it is cheaper and easier to come by. He gives
the example that they are even available at Wal-Mart.
Then, when asked for examples, he says that the inexpensive models available at Wal-Mart are not adequate for the application and that the units
costing at least 3 times as much should be extensively (read expensively) modified in order to be adequate. You will have to track down someone
(hopefully not to shady) capable and willing to do an illegal and quality job of modding the radio to squeak out a few more channels that almost
nobody can be found communicating on anyway. This is not easier or cheaper than purchasing ready to go Ham equipment.
Also, you will still need to purchase a high performance antenna (according to the OP a low budget antenna is not adequate), proper cable, beefed up
power leads for the amp, and mounting gear for the antenna.
What you will end up with is an illegal radio that transmits on a very narrow set of channels in a single band. It will only be able to communicate
long distance with the few other radios that have also been modified for high power transmission.
Ham on the other hand, for the same price gives you better designed (read longer range for the power) equipment that is capable of working thousands
of channels spread across many bands (some which are more suited to long range propagation than the CB band). Ham frequencies are listened to by
millions of Ham operators and emergency services around the world. Any community larger than a village is likely to have several ham operators that
meet on a regular basis to share technical information about equipment and to sell and swap used gear. There are thousands of components and
accessories to choose from including many super high performance antenna designs and amplifiers that are just not available in any other radio class.
You also get the option of extending range on certain bands through repeaters if they are still operational. Ham is also capable of communicating
digital information such as GPS location information, and text packets. And as I stated earlier, even a modestly priced hand held Ham unit is capable
of hearing the emergency services transmissions such as police, fire, ambulance, rescue, humanitarian aid, aircraft, weather, as well as FRS, GMRS CB,
TV audio, AM Broadcast, FM Broadcast, World Band Short Wave, Military, etc, etc, etc.
There is a very good reason why Ham radio is so often accredited for filling the communication gap when disaster strikes a community.
Anyway, don’t take my word for it. Its best to read peer reviewed information such as this: