Would you pick Ham or GMRS? How useful is GMRS compared to amateur radio? I’m leaning really hard toward getting my tech license but I don’t want to go through the hassle if it’s not really necessary. Either way I go it’ll mainly be for emergencies, for example if I’m unable to get cell service. I know there’s a whole community built around amateur radio but I couldn’t care less about Ham as a hobby. Maybe that would change once I got into it, who knows, but as of now I just see it as any other tool. Which leads me to GMRS. I like that I don’t have to go through the hassle of taking a test, it’s more like a fishing license, and I like the benefit of covering my entire family so if we do happen to have a group of us they’d all be covered. That’s a huge benefit I see over Ham, but I’m just not convinced GMRS will provide the same ability to reach out as Ham would. When I look at repeater maps in areas I plan to travel it seems like GMRS just doesn’t have nearly the level of support. I also see the benefit of having both but, honestly, I don’t have the budget to do both up front so I’m looking at which one makes the most sense now, with possibly adding the other later on.