Just a quick note this afternoon to tell you how I spent my morning (although those of you who are fellow hams probably already figured it out from the title). I went down to the Lake Washington Ham club meeting to see what they were up to; afterwards, I took my General upgrade exam and successfully passed it (I did not pass my attempt at Amateur Extra, which is not a surprise because I had not studied for it).
Although it will take the FCC a couple of weeks to receive the paperwork and get everything updated in the database so other hams can look up my callsign and see that yes, I indeed am allowed to be transmitting on this band and that band, I am allowed to immediately use my new privileges. When I’m using my regular Technician privileges on VHF and UHF, I identify as KG7VWG. When I’m using my new General privileges on the HF bands, I identify as KG7VWG/AG. That lets everyone know I’m in that limbo state.
Now, to get a HF-capable radio and antenna! I’m supposed to be picking the former up this weekend from a friend in Eastern Washington, if we can meet up on this side of the mountains (he’s over here for other purposes); the antenna is probably going to be the hard part. Time for ingenuity and research!