I just thought I'd post a quick thread introducing myself. I decided after reading a thread about amatuer radio on another site that I frequent that it was something I wanted to explore, even if I was already 53 years old. A week later I took the Technician and General tests and then the Amateur Extra test three weeks after that. I'm what you guys call a "No Code Extra" or "Extra Light". The day my AE upgrade showed in the ULS, I applied for the only available 2X1 call sign in my region and actually got it. I found the obituary of the only other holder of this call sign, and it sounded like he had a great 95 years on this Earth. He only lived an hour away from me, too. I hope that I never bring dishonor to his reputation. I have an Icom IC-7300, an Astron RS-35A-AP, and a Yaesu FT-70DR -- all still brand new in their boxes. I've yet to get on the air. I'm going to have to spend a great deal of time researching antennas. I live in the country and have plenty of room for something decent. I just need to learn what that is. I also need to learn proper protocol and etiquette before transmitting for the first time. I certainly don't want to offend anyone.