Little you know [yes we know you are a CBer and hate ham] Actually many woman ARE ham operators many got it because they met someone who was a ham and decided to study and get it. My Elmer's wife is a ham and loves it. Many woman talk to me every day around here and many are in with RACES and SKYWARN.My advice is to buy a cell phone. It's one thing to listen for entertainment, but getting caught up in actually being a ham geek is a good way to drive off women in your life, and throw a lot of money down the drain that you could put into useful things. Before you waste the time and money, take a good listen to your local ham repeater. Listen to the inane conversations these people have. Ask yourself, "is this what I want to be"? Ham radio stopped serving a useful purpose when cell phones became common. Sure, autopatch was really cool in 1984, and it was darn useful. But today ham radio is really just a silly hobby. If it floats your boat, and you really want to be one of these people rag-chewing about their aches, pains, medications, and radio gear, and having to identify with their silly call sign constantly, go for it. Keep in mind, despite the geeky nature of ham radio, many in the hobby actually BELIEVE they are very important, and very wise, and are somewhat snobby and enjoy looking down on the "newbies". If you are just planning on buying a puxing and talking here or there that's one thing, but I would say not to get carried away with that geeky stuff.
I realize that many on here love it, but it is a dying hobby that no longer serves any purpose, and it repels women for the most part.
crimsonpirate78 ignore folks like this as he has an agenda against hams he trolls the ham threads and make these stupid remarks Ham is NOT dying, infact this yr saw the largest increase in quite a few yrs. Get your ticket and you can get away with the Children Banders like him.