If I read Nathaniel's post correctly, it looks like one could get a cheap CB and a cheap 2M radio for a lot less than a Ham radio capable of being modified to also do CB. right?
So how about install your CB, then get your license and then a handheld 2M radio. You can run a mag mount antenna for the Ham for tons more range, and you'd be right in there with the rest of the group.
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