Originally Posted by clausont
For use in cruising, I don't know that you would gain enough to make it worthwhile. It gives you a small bit of extra bandwidth to use over the general.
That's the key point: it gives you extra privileges - access to more frequencies. And the drawback: you can only talk to other Extra licensees
(except for hams in other countries where there may be some overlap with their "general"-equivalent license
frequency privileges and that of the USA's Extra license
And yes, if you look up my license given in my sig below, you'll see that I'm only a General ticket holder, not Extra. But I will go for the Extra, if for no other reason than "it's there!".