It is preferable this post not be turned into a discussion of opinionated back and forths.
This post is intended to be is a "working - survival tool" for PFA members. This is a post for PFA members to work together as they prepare for survival for their families, their homes and maybe communities.
For a testing session near you: http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/search
Do you really need to be licensed? I may be asking a dumb question, but it seems to me that when poop hits the fan, nobody is going to worry about a radio license, I'm expecting survival will be the priority.
If anyone here is proficient in Ham Radio use it would be helpful if they would offer to help. Just my 2 cents.