I got bit when I was driving semi years ago.
I went through a bunch of radios, kickers, antenna's, mics, and antenna setups.
A guy in a radio shop talked me into an RCI 2950, and showed me about the jumpers.
It was fun listening on 10 meters, and I did chat a bit when the skip came in.
When I owned my restaurant, I purchased an RCI 2995, and put it in the kitchen with an IMaX 2000 on the roof. I used to talk to the drivers, and offer them deals to come in and try us.
I kinda thought about going ape with ham equipment for awhile.
I've never heard anything above or below 10 or 11 meters.
Just about every conversation is the same. Location, weather, and signal report.
Kinda boring really.
I mean it's cool as all get out the first time you find yourself in contact with someone almost halfway around the world.
But if that's all it's about, I can't see jumping through the hoops for a license.
Anymore, 11 meters is nothing but garbage, trash talk etc, and I turned it off a number of years ago.
I have the 2995 hooked up in the shop, but I never turn it on.
I figure about the only time I might use it seriously might be if the fan thing happens. Then again if it does, who would I even want to talk to?
And does anyone think that while the world blows up, anyone is going to give a rats behind if a guy on a radio has a license or not?
I do know about the different clubs and I'm sure that part could be fun, if you're into people.
Already bugged out, with nowhere to go.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Things are what they are, I no longer apply the benefit of doubt.