I agree with the other suggestions from the "people that know" judging buy your other posts. you do NOT need a radio that transmits just to talk to "your friend" down the street, three suggestions
1) If you "must" talk to your friend down the street....FRS radio from wally world, radio shack, hell, the local flea market. cheap, no license, NO FCC KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR WITH FINES OR CUFFS!
2)get your ham license
3) buy a "SCANNER" to "LISTEN" to whats going on.
If FRS doesn't provide the range you need, CB's are sold everywhere and ham licenses are EASY to get these days.
my 3 year old could pass the test. BUT...... you have to follow the rules or you get a free hotel stay complements of the local law enforcement for the ONE wrong thing done.
see what im (and the others) are saying?