Hello. When I was just a little kid, my dad brought me an old military surplus radio. Old in as had all vacuum tubes and air-gap capacitors. Luckily, Radio Shack still had tube testers, which nobody used anymore. I got really strange looks when I brought in a box full of tubes to test! I got everything RX working and had a ton of fun listening in to everything from Morse code to one station I thought was Soviet, but turned out to be San Francisco in Russian. I never got enough money together for an antenna for TX, so I don't know if that part worked. I studied electronics a ton and learned everything I needed to know to get a license. Well, except for Morse code. I tried, but it was too hard without a partner to work with. Now I'm 50 and I have wanted to get licensed for a while, but didn't have the spare cash for a unit, plus we traveled all over Mexico and Guatemala for several years. Some friends in a group I'm part of all have HT's and I decided that now was a good time to finally do it. Surprise, looking for HT's, I found that tons of places just have them on back order. Amazon also has this problem and they have raised their prices through the roof! I ordered one model, but they said it was 3-4 weeks back order. I told them what I was looking for in general. So I ordered a Yaesu FT-3DR. Looks like it does a lot. So that's going to be interesting. I got some advice from a ham when asking about chirp software that he advised against getting anything like a BaoBao or TYT-TYT. He liked ICOM and a Kenwood he bought. I'm in Washington near Everett and Whidbey Island. Any clubs or someone to help out near here? I used to have seizures, so I'm public transportation or Lyft. No more seizures with good meds. I should get it in a few days, company shipped it today. As far as Morse code, I see that there are a variety of keys and paddles now. Wow were the prices I saw super expensive! I get the impression that maybe iambic paddles might be good. I also saw a company that gave lessons more focused on words and sentences, than just letter by letter. I really like that idea. Any advice or help appreciated. Yes, I am as interested in getting back on my feet with all of the technical stuff as well as using it.