I would,Oh....I wouldn't say that.
Our club switched from CB to ham about 5 years ago. CB range was inadequate when our convoy got spread out.I have noticed in the last 10 years far fewer antennas on rigs, And it has me curious to know how far down CB usage has gone. The air waves seem more or less wide open aside from some seriously overpowered truckers in Mexico, or at least Spanish speakers at much higher outputs than should be legal here in TX...
In truth I would say most of our club members (myself included) only use ham radio as a tool for trail comms, not as a hobby. That's why the new GMRS rigs would work just as well for our purposes.I am actually amazed that so many here are saying their clubs are all converted to HAM. (Amateur Radio). For the most part, I have found folks aren't all that interested in the radio rig itself aside from convoying and keeping tabs on the trail.
The club in my little corner of the world (Rising Sun 4WD of Colorado) is substantially amateur radio. There's a pretty active radio forum, too. There's about a dozen or so core hams who really are hobbyists so most of the membership are just operators. GMRS could be substituted functionally. There'd be mashing of teeth over spending the money all over, though.I am actually amazed that so many here are saying their clubs are all converted to HAM. (Amateur Radio). For the most part, I have found folks aren't all that interested in the radio rig itself aside from convoying and keeping tabs on the trail.
I imagine having access to the Colorado Connection (linked repeater system for those not aware) has a bit to do with the adoption of ham radio in your area?The club in my little corner of the world (Rising Sun 4WD of Colorado) is substantially amateur radio.
There were a handful of us who were hams already. We'd be operating on the side during trips. Like you say, the quality of FM mobiles and using repeaters was interesting to a few people. The whole thing started informally and snowballed from there. We taught classes and eventually organized a couple of test sessions that got the bulk of the club licensed over a couple of key years. Since then it's been individuals and they usually just get their ticket when a ham club session comes up or at a swap meet.I imagine having access to the Colorado Connection (linked repeater system for those not aware) has a bit to do with the adoption of ham radio in your area?
As dreadlocks mentioned, the radio service used by groups/clubs does seem to be regional.
So, not exactly what you are picturing, but there are plenty of HF rigs that can do all of that. I have an Icom 706mkIIG that can transmit UHF, VHF, and HF. It can also transmit and receive AM signals, which is key for communicating with CBs. Now, it is set up from the factory to only be able to transmit on approved Ham frequencies, but with a little research, it can be turned into a true "all in one radio." If one was to do that, the only thing that the radio is lacking is one lower power setting--current low power is 5w IIRC, and I'd like to be able to transmit on 1w.I do wish there was a (legal/reliable/quality) option for one radio to operate on CB/GMRS/HAM frequencies. Comes with CB from the factory, can enter unlock codes for licensed GMRS and HAM users. Maybe with an emergency override/SOS option if a guy isn’t HAM licensed.
I understand the way the law is written prevents this, unless they were considered different “radios” packaged in the same “housing”. Antennas would obviously be different as well, I use FRS/GMRS after doing my research which I have no issue with communicating with others in my party. In my neck of the woods though, you’re more likely to hail a stranger in the event of an emergency on CB, but I didn’t want a 4-5’ antenna on my car. A quick connect would be a simple solution when needed.
I’m picturing a CB, GMRS, and HAM “radio” (all sold individually with different model #’s if legally necessary) packaged inside a single housing with one 12v power supply, a 4 way switch to power up the various “radios”, a single mic/handset like the Midland MXT275, and 3 different antenna connections on the housing. Any reason this wouldn’t be possible/kosher?
I have very little interest in HAM living in the south, but if I spent more time out west the benefits seem worth the hassle.