I am going to a local hamfest at the end of this month and upgrading to General. Been taking lots of practice tests on here and on an app for my iPhone. Bought my first HF kit off of a local guy and wondering if I did ok. I spent $600 and got a SGC SG-2020 transciever (only 20 watts but pretty good reviews), a Astron RM-35M 35 watt power supply, a MFJ dc connection board, and some sort of pre-made multi-band sloper antenna made by Alpha Delta communications. Also came with some random coax and some kind of super cheap mag mount antenna, probably CB or something.