Hello, brand new ham here. I'd been listening to shortwave all my life - I have fond memories from childhood of listening with my grandpa to stations around the world, and being completely fascinated with the possibilities. I took that interest with me into adulthood, despite not choosing a STEM path for myself. I am an artist by trade, but I have worked with electronics and computer networking in the past, so I'm not totally green on electronics. Fast forward a number of years, and here I am, early middle age, and just got done with a handful of other big projects I'd been working on. My beloved husband knew I was always into radio, and I'd mentioned "maybe someday I'll get my license" to him on more than one occasion. This past Yule, he bought me a Baofeng UV-5R, and with that in my hand, I was able to start digging in. Got a copy of the book and a month later, took the test, so here I am.