My son and I do a lot of fly fishing in kinda remote brooks\rivers around Vermont and some times get separated up or down stream from each other. I got some bubble pack radios a few weeks ago and they work good for the most part but the terrain isn't always the greatest for reception on a cheap $30 radio from walmart. so I started looking around online and just realized over the weekend that I should have had a GMRS license to operate on the channel we were using. we found channel 15 worked good so just used it. after looking around online a bit for a longer range radio to use I am looking for some advice from some of you more experienced radio operators. kinda funny thing is I joined the Navy almost 20 years ago as a radioman. went through the Navy radioman school training and did well but have not really touched a radio in 15 years. most all my actual radio experience was with small AN/PRC 119 manpack radio with 3ft whip. the small handheld radios we used were Motorola sabers and with those we had channels set and just loaded the right crypto when needed so I never really did much with those at all.
is there a good hand held radio and possibly a higher watt radio I can put in my truck to reach out farther if either one of is gets back to the truck to call out to each other?
would GMRS be good or should I look for something different?
been reading about DMR radio some too and wondering if that might be a good option. think I read you dont need a license for that?
I dont mind spending a couple hundred bucks to get something decent and have really gotten my interest in radio piqued again with all this and have thought about getting into HAM and teaching my son about it all too.
Thanks for any tips and advice. Ill be getting my GMRS license and look into getting the test for HAM sometime. I looked at a practice test for HAM and think with a little bit of studying I would pass it no problem.