Currently studying for my Technician's License and plan on continuing to Extra. I don't see myself as a hobbyist, but am interested in emergency communications. Right now I'm very new to the environment, and would like to see if there is a Monkey or three who can help me design my communications system. Budget is fairly open as this is a priority to me and I have noticed that HAM equipment has become a much better value than the last time I looked about 10 years ago. I live about 25 miles as the bird flies from my office, which is located on the other side of a major river. The altitude at my home is about 500' and at work about 150'. In the event of earthquake or other natural disaster I need to be able to communicate with my wife. If the main bridges between work and home fail and I can't find some way to get ferried across the river I will need to travel several miles about sea level surrounded by steep terrain to find the closest bridge. Fortunately, I telecommute most days, but do need to be in the office a few days a week. My initial thoughts are a mobile for work vehicle, some sort of base station for my home, and some handhelds to augment. I do not have a good way to "hide" an antenna at my home and need to look into my HOA to see my restrictions. A few questions: Is the above a good starting point? What would be good choices for a mobile setup in my truck and as a base station at my home? Would it make sense for the base station at my home to be a mobile unit, so I can power it from 12 VDC batteries? How would you design a solution for me to communicate with home in the event of emergency and other forms of communication are down?