Illegal CB and "freebanders" will ALWAYS find a way to run high power, whether "legal" or illegal amps are used. One can have a choice of running a 10 Watt transceiver, (K3 or IC-718, etc.) that have low power, but more than adequate receivers. The option of running high power (1000+ Watts) SHOULD be a viable option. Obviously, running 500 mW is a personal choice for QRP'ers, but they don't expect to drive a KW+ amp with that drive level.