Originally Posted by MFDHoward
So just to talk on this frequency with my radio I need a license?
Absolutely, but the requirements are much
easier now than years ago. The current license levels are Technician (lowest), General, and Extra (highest). All three levels are permitted to use the 2meter band (144-148MHz). The General and Extra levels have more privilege below 6M (50-54MHz) in those bands that go much longer distances without using repeaters.
Please take the time to earn your license, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Local ham clubs might also offer convenient classes, too. The Amateur Radio Relay League
is the national organization representing all amateur radio operators. Its website has a lot of good information. You can search for Clubs
on their site also.
Good luck and have fun.