Yes, Indeed. I'm a "newer" ham too and want to be good on the bands. I just love chattin'. It's been tough recently though. 40meters is as low as I can go right now due to some trees in my yard that needed to go before Sandy hit. We figured that a controlled "pull" was better than losing the back of the house... There's a vacant lot down the street 2 houses over and I'm thinking of contacting the owner and putting up an 80m delta loop. Covet thy neighbor's trees! QRT now... story time.