So spent 2 saturdays with a bunch of old dudes and a couple young tech nerds and now have my Technicians License (or more accurately passed my test and will have my license in ~10 days). Anyone else got an emergency setup? One of the instructors was selling Baofeng UV-5Rs with an extended antenna and all the regional repeaters programmed in for $35. The radio itself is $25 on Amazon and I consider the antenna, programming and instant gratification well worth it. Won't the repeaters go down in an emergency though? So don't I need to be looking at setting up something at my house? Thinking about joining one of the emergency auxiliary groups for a bit just to get up to speed on emergency comms. Anyone got other suggestions?