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No ham license yet.
CB in the truck though.
Tacoma area: head for the "warehouse store" over by the "other big shopping place"
(I think talking about taking over buildings someone else owns could be bad?)
My group will be heading there, after 'stocking up" at a few other places.
 
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I have a handheld Yaesu FT-60 that's been pretty good. Icom also makes good stuff. I think a handheld radio is a good first step. I found it helpful to download the manuals for the radios I was looking at to see how logical their menu system was and how easy they were to operate. If you want extra range, an external antenna will be useful.

Not to knock the CB suggestion, but Ham typically has greater range and many Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) use Ham to communicate with. This fact lets you listen to what's really going on at the EOC - could be useful depending on the situation.

I also think that FRS/GMRS radios can play a role for your family and friends. However, the range on these radios is often less than you'd like.
 
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Thanks for the ideas. Looks like getting a tech license would be a good start. Any suggestions on a pretty good starter rig?
There are SO many good radios out there. You can't really go wrong with any from the "big 3" Yaesu, Icom, kenwood. I have a ICOM 208h as my mobile rig and a Yaesu VX-7R for an HT.

Just figure out what you want first, base, mobile, handheld. Then figure what bands you want to operate on. 2m only? 2m/440? 6m? Lots of options. But a good dual band (2m/440) HT or mobile is a great place to start.
 

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