There isn't much traffic anymore on cb's and what there is, is usually garbage which is a huge reason so many people are switching to ham radio. Legally a cb can only tranmit 5 watts, which is why most manufactures limit them to 4 watts. A ham radio (in most bands) is limited to 1500 watts. Handhelds are limited to 7 watts due to being used so close to the face and head, the eyes absorb transmitted radiation the fastest. So given your circumstances, I know you don't want ham radio, but it might serve you far better. Ultimatley the decision is yours and you only have to please yourself. Good luck with your choice and God Bless.