Originally Posted by markfh
Why bother getting one. Just get the gear. If SHTF happens who's gonna ask for your license? Just saying.
studying to get the license teaches you essentially how the system works.
what bands are voice.. what bands are code.. etc.
also teaches you the lingo so you can understand others.
the abbreviated codes are there and used for a reason.. knowingthem would be helpfull.
knowing if you were on a mc only band would help.
the call sign itself tells you much as well. 1st letter gives you an idea of the location or world region you have been worked from ( A K N W .. etc.. )
call sign layout lets you know somethng about the person you communicte with.. their skil llevel and band privelege..e tc.
it's fine having the gear and play cb cowboy and saying breaker breaker when there is no FCC.. but actually usingthe gear and getting the most out of it comes from a lil bit of reading and learning... if you are going that far.. might as well pay the couple bucks and get your ticket.. it's good for 10ys before you renew.. cheap to renew and you don't have to test again..e tc...