I too want to learn Ham. Currently I have a couple of Motorola T5950 GMRS/FRS radios that live in my bag. Funny thing is I play paintball and I was just given a Cobra MR HH425 with lapel mic since we use a marine channel for team communications, well I set our channel for the last game I played in July and forgot it. Well I just pulled it out of my gear bag and was looking it over and realized it not only does US/Intr/Can marine, and Weather but also does GMRS, no FRS, but still pretty cool. I got a Uniden Bearcat 980SSB CB on order for the truck to replace my old radio.