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Amateur Radio Repeater database - Updated daily
There are also other sites you can check. This is one of my go to sites.
Also, look into APRS. This is used for tracking. And can be a good source of info.

For local repeaters in your area. These are good to know!

Something else of interest.

National weather service uses Ham Radio Operators extensively during severe storms for both tracking and verification.

Local Governments often rely on HRO/Local repeaters during a cleanup operation after a storm. Also, Red Cross and FEMA uses this for support.

Repeaters almost always have a backup power plan by Local clubs so they can be used during loss of commercial power.
 

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The two way is really dependent on your location and terrain. You can pick up a midland, Motorola, cobra fairly cheap. Some of the radios out there can range 50 mi. I live in a very mountainous area and if you are in a valley or a deep cut, your lucky to get 1-2 miles. FM breaks up very easy in rough terrain unless you can get to a highpoint. My point is, I'd do some research in your local area to find out what people are using and having success with.
 

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