Plain and simple..
Anyone ever use their mobile HAM rig to call for help while on the trail? The last 3 areas that I've explored in have had absolutely no cell coverage, are isolated and were about 15 miles to the nearest developed road. I feel like I've been "lucky" so far, and decided that I needed to get a way to reach out if it's needed.
Just ordered a Yaesu FT-1900R and Larsen 150 w/NMO kit, passed the last 5/5 practice exams on Eham.com, and plan on taking the test on the 6th of May.
Say I end up stranded in the middle of a National Forest.. Try to access a repeater and hope that one of the operators listening will come help? Or, access an Autopatch and call a friend?
I carry an ACR 406 Mhz. Personal Locator Beacon in the truck at all times, but that's a measure of absolutely last resort.