I'm making a trip from Colorado to the east coast next month. The first part will be pretty much a speed run to New Jersey to deliver some things to my son. After I'm done there I'll be visiting family and friends in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Ohio; followed by a more leisurely drive back to Colorado. I'll be sticking pretty much to interstates and major highways, and except for the first part of the trip, will be driving only during daylight hours. The trip will cover about 4,000 miles and take about three weeks.
After reviewing a lot of the posts here at RTA I've decided that having a CB radio handy would be the smart thing. Both for emergency communications as well finding out about potential problems on the road ahead.
Would a handheld without an external antenna have enough transmit/receive range to be useful? I've searched the RTA forums and have found a little information, but it's somewhat dated.