I took a road trip recently and messed with the squelch. I had it turned about half way. I turned it down.
About the only thing I heard was CW.
I tried listening on the "5-2" but nothing was there.
I'm going to try and make some of the Pike Peak ARRL club meetings; just to see if I can hear them.
Anyone read the ARRL Operating Manual? Maybe it is titled operator's manual; not sure. Is it worth reading?