I used to be a ham radio operator since I was 14yo and then I kind of had to quit that hobby when I started working in the adult industry hehee.
Actually I remember I was around 19yo and I used to connect to American BBS stations on 10meters to download pictures of naked ladies. Such a pervert! LOL
I have a lot of experience on this field, and I also worked for Motorola repairing they radio devices ( I have an electronics engineering background )
If you want something simple and easy to use I would suggest the famous "Citizen Band" of 14Megs. Those ones are super cheap and you can have some nice long distance communications too.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call me on skype "idsonline" and I would be more than happy to help you out!