Just curious if there are any hams on the forum. My buddy and his girlfriend took a class, given by the group at the FAA Campus here in OKC. Since he and I do a bunch of stuff together, I figured why not and set off a course of studying materials from the Internet. Made technician pretty easily. Decided that since the material was still fresh, I'd make the push to hit general before he did. Sent him a pic of the white copy when I passed and told him to get started. General was a little more study, but not horrible. Material was a little more complicated than Tech, but followed the same path. Extra is a mean mutha of a test. Studied about 3 times as long to pass it. When I turned in the test, I actually thought I had failed it. But, somehow I passed. Running a Yaesu FT-60 HT for my radio, using an upgraded Diamond flex antenna if I'm on foot. I drive a company vehicle during the week, so I can move the radio over with an MFJ -1729 mag mount antenna. My job can involve a fair amount of driving, so I'll usually try to dial up a local repeater or two and see if I can log a contact. 2m can be pretty hit & miss, especially with only 5 watts of power. Debating mobile radios, leaning toward the Icom 880-H since there some good rebates right now. My buddy was big into storm chasing in the late 90's, and was actually about 5 minutes behind the F5 that went through Moore, OK on May 3rd, 1999. I researched the repeaters in Oklahoma, and found out which ones are used by Skywarn -- volunteers who have been trained by the National Weather Service to act as storm spotters, not storm chasers, and who report information back to the NWS in Norman. The PC programming software is worth the investment if you're going to save a bunch of repeaters into memory. Looking into HF rigs. The Icom IC-7300 looks pretty sweet if you're sitting at home, but the Elecraft KX-3 looks pretty sweet if you operate mobile (albeit at 10 watts). The Yaesu FT-991 looks pretty sweet, but after seeing it in person I'm afraid my fat fingers would hit the VFO while working buttons around the dial (and the spectrum scope isn't as nice as the 7300 to me). Having a homeowner's association to deal with, I'm gonna have to play cool with antennas, so I'm thinking maybe the Buddipole antenna or a couple of others. Working on learning CW right now. Did some self study via the K6RAU MP3's floating around. It was a class he did for boy scouts, who were using modified transistor radios. Started hitting a wall with that, and got to talking with a buddy who turned me on to the Code Quick course he had used when he was in the military. That made a huge difference. I'm no speed demon, but I am getting good copy on the 6 wpm stuff at the end of the course.