Took a look at the FCC license database this afternoon and was pleasantly surprised to see my callsign listed — that’s 7 days, not the 10-12 I was led to expect. So, armed with the callsign and my downloaded license, I can now transmit in my new Technician privileges!
My first radio is a little handheld Baofeng UV5RA. It’s an FM VHF/UHF transceiver (2m and 70cm bands) that only does 4-5W output, but it is enough to talk to my friend Sean (KB7OOH) in Lake Stevens and begin figuring out how to use repeaters and such.
In the meantime, my plan is to perfect my basic radio skills and continue to study for General!