I read now, the latest greatest is the personal spot communications medium. For $500 and a subscription fee, the user can send text messages along with his GPS coordinates to include using the unit as a trip ap, an online tracking source for your online viewers pleasure as they can follow along with you on your journey.
You are correct to a point about about six meters. The advantage comes froms skywave propagation which is fairly rare at 50 mhz as well as very few operators in a given area.Folks around my parts say 6 meters is the hot tamale for distance, however, I am not so sure in mountainous terrain.
Back in the 80's I recall getting kicked off Echo Link as I was not one of the boyz paying my (Exclusive) dues, another reason I believe I stopped spending money on the hobby. Back when, it irritated me to no end being asked to leave or not use a local phone patch frequency even repeater on 440, once I left, I was remove all radios and duel band antennas the works! As they all reside in a rubbermaid storage box in my barn.
I even voiced my opinions a few times (Before my above uninstall) as I could not understand certain operators owning certain frequencies as I strongly felt and still do such (Claimed Ownership) barred any future operators wishing to improve, even earn higher achievement and so on. In short, because of the snootiness, these radio techie-guys... those wishing to hold-on to the old ways of amateur radio, I left, never looking back. honestly, if it was not for emergency communications, or the occasional Jeep convoy trail ride/s? I'd let my license lapse.
I'm done with CB as well. In the event I am required to have one, it'll be a walkie talkie only.
As the numbers of amateur operators continue to decrease, I am most sure commercial, even military entities will soon take over many of the seldom used bands. As I am not in the know by any means in todays ARRL news, I'm most sure the fights continue just as they did years ago.
"The New versus the Old"
Myself, I spend evenings online, speaking to Gamers all over the world via the Internet. Young, medium age, and the old guys like me. While we hunt, identify, and shoot each other in virtual first person shooter scenarios. Computers are far cheaper, software amazingly advanced, each passing year our games get even more detailed and interactive.
I offer this explanation only as information/background regards to why I am no longer active within the HAM community. But as an emergency tool, I think its great!