I had been interested in amateur radio for some time, and am now taking the plunge. I was in the army as an “Electronic Warfare Voice Interceptor” and spent a lot of time searching frequencies and listening and transcribing what we heard. My favorite part of the role was the direction finding aspects. I’ll be taking both my Technician and General tests in the coming weeks. I have already ordered a handheld (FT-60R) after some recommendations seen here and elsewhere. This should allow me to listen in on the local group Nets until I’m licensed and then will give me a place to start before deciding the next steps. I’m looking forward to the advice of others on this site and sharing the journey in the hobby.