Hi all, I am considering studying for my Ham licenses, but I've got a few questions that will help determine if Ham radio is a good fit for what I am looking for. I've two primary interests here: I enjoy backcountry road trips (hardly overlanding or expeditioning, but nonetheless...) and camping around the Pacific Northwest. Often enough on these jaunts I am far out of cell coverage and think having a radio connection would be wise. I've been impressed with what I've read about Ham operators staying in contact with each other and outside news in the event of a natural disaster. Having communications capability in the event of a disaster seems like a prudent decision. As such, I'm interested in (eventually) locating a handheld unit of some sort that would work for these two scenarios. With some manner of mobile antennae, too. Specifically what I'm looking for past that? Well, that's where I'm completely ignorant and looking for specific recommendations. I'm not particularly interested in contacting or listening in to the other side of the world, and since I'm a renter with no access to the roof, a large equipment setup with a giant antennae won't work in my situation (plus, I'm currently surrounded by hills on three sides). Is Ham radio a good fit for my needs here, or should I look at something else (i.e. stick with finding a FRS/GMRS setup)?