I did . Initially I was going to get my Ham... but wanted something emmediate, so I purchased the GMRS. I might still work on the HAM, because I have a nice handheld. Both types could come in handy in the right situation, so IMO, nice to have both.Required, yes. Do people actually bother to get licensed? I'd be surprised. Just look at how many off roaders use ham bands unlicensed.