Just be careful not to let ham radio become a hobby. You will end up with antennas at home, antennas on your vehicle, antennas at camp, you will look at things and wonder if you could make an antenna out of it... it's all real disturbing really.Thanks guys! I am thinking i only "need" the technician level,
There is a lot you can do with ham radio, it's not just voice comms. I use it to track my Jeep, track others, I can send a SMS text message to my wife's phone from the radio in my Jeep, or send a short email, I have even done all 3 through a digital repeater on the International Space Station. I can hook up my tablet to my HF radio and send digital signals around the world, I can send pictures, video, all sorts of stuff. It's a slippery slope....some of the me contracts i work they all use HAM for the remote stuff, with mobile repeaters set up. I worked a dog sled race, and those guys were dialed. I was amazed by all they could do with them.
They were sending emails with them, and even had remote motion sensors set up that would transmit " Motion 1" " Motion two".