I suppose I've been putting this off for a while, but hey, better late than never. I've got my callsign (Obviously), and I'm going to buy my first radio soon. But I've got questions. Do I need a mic with the Yaesu FT-60R handheld? And is the FT-60R a good choice? As far as I can tell, it looks fine. 5 watts output, dual band, water/dustproof, and it comes with a battery recharger. I'm getting an AS-20S Maldol antenna for it. Are there any problems with either of these that I don't know about, or am I fine with them? How do I go about getting involved with ARES? Is there a test I have to pass? If so, where do I go to take it? What is standard radio etiquette? I've read a beginner's handbook, but I can't remember this, other than needing to identify myself every ten minutes, and keeping a log of my radio conversations. Simplex? SSB? Which one is what I want to use? Do they each have the standard 2 meter? Or is 2 Meter something different entirely? (I don't think it is, but I'm questioning it anyway.) Also, I already have that little poster that comes with the magazine that new licensees get that says what frequencies can be used by who for what, so I don't think I need the whole frequency thing explained. And FYI, I'm only thirteen and I don't exactly get a paycheck, so suggesting anything over, say, 600$ (And that's about 3/4ths of a year and a birthday) is out. Although I doubt any handheld, even a tri-band would cost THAT much. If links are needed for any of the gear I plan to buy, I can provide them.