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Re: CB Radio Recommendations
I think we have missed something entirely here... Based on your description, CB is NOT the tool I would recommend. CB's are great for trail communication and intervehicle comms, but when you need to punch out in case of an emergency, there's really not a good/legal way to do that. Now if you want a GOOD CB, those recommended here are nice the full-size cobras are hard to beat when tuned properly with a good antenna.
For the applications you describe, I would recommend a combination of 2 other tools:
1) Cell phone -- they are everywhere, you can't always get a signal, but it's a good backup.
2) Ham radio -- you do need a license to broadcast (except in a true emergency, which they WILL check), but in recent years the equipment has come down in cost and the tests are much easier. While I am personally headed in this direction, I have not yet made the leap. Also on the plus side there are LOTS of Hams out there who are willing to help you get started.