I just got into ham radio this past summer and am really enjoying learning from everyone here and the books I'm reading. I also get a kick out of hearing folks from all over the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. I haven't heard anyone from overseas yet. I took my Technician's exam and passed Aug. 7th. I was wanting to upgrade to be able to use more of the frequencies. So I studied and listened and learned some more and today I took and passed my General exam! The ARRL License Manual series are a fantastic resource for learning as well as a quick reference guide, along with a number of other books they carry. I know there is still a world of things to learn but I was surprised that I've taken in enough information that I could probably pass the Extra exam if I took it today as well based on the results of the practice exams I've taken. I may go ahead and take the Extra exam soon but today, I am going to pat myself on the back and feel good about this accomplishment for a little while.