Here in San Diego, Imperial and Orange County.... more and more offroaders are installing 2 meter radios since they realize the limitations of the CB in mountain areas.
There are repeaters that can be accessed while in the desert or the mountains from near or below the Mexico border and can transmit north of Los Angeles (this is just an example of how far you can transmit).
Recently passed the test for a General Ham license which provides me with more transmitting privileges.
Used 2 meter ham radios can be purchased on eBay for $75-125 and a good 5/8 wave magnet mount for anothrer $25-35. Once you start talking on 2 meters... you will wonder why you waited so long to take your test....
2000 Ranger 4.0L 4dr 5 spd 4x4 w/ ORP
Modifications: 265/75R16 BFG AT KO, Detroit TruTrac l/s, K&N FIPK, 66mm BBK TB, Gibson 2.5" catback exhaust, BAMA SCT Tuner, Underdog Performance 25% underdrive pulley, James Duff Traction Bars, Taylor 8mm sparkplug wires
Future Mods: JBA Headers