I assume you’re in the US? Forgive a Brit advising on US systems, but as I understand it, your administration has tightened ups oil these things recently so your radio is essential an amateur band radio, and can’t be used on any other bands. So you need to find the local ham radio club, have a chat and then take one of the courses then take a test. You can talk then to other hams either direct or through their repeater system.
Trouble is - if you know little, you have some serious studying to do, and then follow the rules. It won’t be quick. Here in the UK, if the time of year you start is right - it could be done in six weeks, but other times of the year it could be quite a few months end to end. Check in with a local club and they’ll explain.
The radio is pretty typical of the type - it can operate outside the ham bands, but illegally, of course. I believe in the US you can listen to these things legally, but you can’t (or shouldn’t) join in.