It sounds like what you are proposing is illegal. You cannot sit at your house and talk to your buddies who are fishing on the river. You also cannot use a marine radio for what you term as "personal." It's not a CB although there are those out there who use it like one, but they are breaking the law. Here is what the FCC rules say about use of a mobile marine radio. I've also copied the penalties for violation of those rules.Yes I am. I also want to use it for personal.