Hey man! WD4RG here. My wife and I became hams back in the mid 80's and we had sequential callsigns. I was a lot more interested than she was and I advanced through each license class which back then required CW. I have been an Extra class a while now. I have a Yaesu 857 D in my truck and I have a Yaesu FT3000 DX base station in my hamshack with a hexbeam antenna on a pushup pole. I started out though with just an ht and a homebrewed antenna for hitting the local UHF and VHF repeaters. Worked great, then after I saved up a little cash I bought a UHF-VHF mobile radio for my truck and another for the house. I still used the same homemade antennas for a long time. They were easy to build, cheap, and served the purpose very well. Soon after getting my UHF/VHF ham shack set up, I became very interested in HF because that's the ticket for talking all over the world. Well, I saved again and bought a used yaesu ft757gx HF Base station radio with matching tuner and again made home made antennas for it. The ten meter band was wide open back then and you could talk from early morning until well after dark. I was hooked bad, I was getting cards from all over the world and almost every state. As years went by we moved and I didn't have a base station set up for a long time but I still had my dual band mobile in the truck. I still have both of the first mobiles and my first HF rig as well. I bought a hexbeam antenna last year and finally got it in the air this past spring. I had also bought my new Yaesu base last year too but I couldn't use it because I didn't have an antenna up until now. So I sat there with a new antenna and a new radio for about a year that I couldn't use. Fortunately the wait is over now and everything works great. I didn't mean to be so long winded but I guess I was, sorry. I mainly wanted to say that ham radio can be done without spending a lot of money. The second thing I wanted to say was GOOD ON YOU for going back to learn your code. That's great and I commend you for it. You will be glad you did. CW is actually fun when you start making contacts. Just take your time and always remember to send no faster than you can copy. I am on 20 meters quite often now days when time permits. I hope to talk to you on the air sometime. 73 for now!