Ever since I was in High School, CBs were king and I never really questioned them until the past 10 years. I always knew they had limited range, unless you go the illegal way and amp them. But it's just that, illegal. Well, the next test was GRMS radios (the little two ways you can pick up at Wal-Mart or Academy) and they have the same problem, lack of range. I have actually seen a company here recently that came out with a 40 watt base unit GRMS and while that is pretty impressive, there is an even better option still. HAM, is that solution. They are a little more expensive, but that's the price you pay for multiple functions!! There's also a test you need to take before broadcasting, but the cost is only about $25.
At this point, I've got three handheld HAMs and one mobile mounted unit. The handhelds only do five watts, but the truck mounted unit will do 50 watts and has some range on her. Just a few awesome functions HAM radios have, you can use them as a scanner. So, with just a quick Google search, you can find all of your local emergency frequencies (police, fire, EMS, State Troopers, etc) and always know what's going on. They also can talk on the GRMS frequencies, so you can program all 1-22 or so GRMS channels into your HAM and talk away. After saying all of this, I still have a CB in my truck for talking with truckers and other weirdos that haven't made the jump to HAM. Haha
As always, this is Rich signing off.