As we are putting together our overland Toyota Tacoma, I have begun researching communications options and it can get a little overwhelming! I’ll start off by saying I am a novice with these things, so far. I have a simple CB radio from my Jeep days and have installed that in the truck. I find it useful on day trips off-roading, but am looking to expand our choices. Our vehicle is being built for long-distance, family overland trips in the US, Canada and eventually international. We will be doing many solo-rig adventures as well. We will be doing a lot of hiking on our trips and this includes myself, my wife and our very young son.
With the CB, does anyone know where I can go to get it tuned properly? This is my first goal.
Beyond CB, we have some small frs/gmrs handheld radios for camping and hiking. I have been seeing more powerful units to be mounted in the vehicle and was considering going that route. After some online reading, this site in particular, I see a lot of discussion and interest in HAM. That seems to be the most powerful and complicated option. I have no issue learning a new tool and getting licenses if needed. But I always prefer simplicity whenever possible. I am also fine investing in new equipment if it serves a good purpose.
What would everyone recommend for our communications beyond the CB and handheld frs/gmrs radios? Thanks!!