Ham radio is a fantastic thing in my ever so humble opinion. The thing is that anyone using a ham radio needs a license. That means they had to have studied, taken a test, and done a few more things. Now, I know there are five year old licensed ham radio operators, but some people just aren’t up for that. At least not at the moment.
When you just need short range communications with people who don’t want to get a ham license, FRS (Family Radio Service) radios can be a great option! I got this pair on eBay for $5.99 with free shipping. They only transmit with about 0.5 watt so they probably have around a mile range on level ground, but that’s not a problem for me.
The reason I got these radios is that sometimes Ember needs to go to the restroom or back to the car when we go fishing or she’ll go off for a walk by herself while we’re out for a picnic. This way she can get ahold of me if she needs to for some reason. And honestly $5.99 is pretty cheap peace of mind 😎