Anybody into ham radio ? I have had a Technician level license for a while now. I have 3 radio set ups, one in my shop / office, one in my house and one in my primary vehicle. I have good effective comms on simplex operation for about a 50 mile radius. If I use repeaters, I can cover over 300 miles on linked repeaters. I have met some great people all over the state, and will never be more than 20 miles at the most from someone I know. A lot of hams are into prepping and guns, some hard core, some not, but a pretty common theme. Technician license is easy to get, I am planning on upgrading to General Class to get HF operating capabilities. I have less than $ 400 into my set up. I can have communications in areas with no cell coverage, and if I get some altitude I can easily get 250 miles. I can operate off 12 volt with a portable antenna that I can hoist up into a tree, or just stick in in the ground on top of a hill. Getting an HF receiver is a great way to hear what is happening around the world straight form the source.