I guess I'm slow but what is the advantage of HAM over CB for the intended use as a way to communicate with others while off-roading? That is what I've been told as to the reasoning for carrying a CB radio at off-road events and if I have a HAM radio, its useless unless someone else has a HAM radio also, right?
CB is perfect for trail conversations and will not be replaced by ham for the big gatherings. If you have buddies you ride with alot, it worth putting some pressure on them to upgrade to ham for clarity, distance, etc.
I hear there are some offroad groups that require ham radio com.
For big gatherings like the this weekend in Anza Borrego, it would be nice to have a few people with 2m radios, so you can break into groups and keep some com between the groups. There are a couple repeaters that cover that desert well.
Cell coverage is spotty in the "outback"... ham HF can always make contact and ham VHF/UHF via repeater usually can.
Another example... last week when people from san diego and LA were meeting up in the desert... we could have had a conversation via the 147.15 repeater for most of the 2+ hour drive out there if we wanted.
I would have liked to chat with Chris (frogeye) while driving back home, but CB did not have enough range and he drives too dang fast. ;-)