Wow. After waiting years because of time and work requirements and just because they are hard to find...I've started an 8 week class in Amatuer radio. (Class meets once a week and ends with a test for either General or Technician Class). I was wondering where you guys buy your equipment? Whats a first good radio? I've got an old Drake r3 series transmitter and reciver...but not too sure just yet how to make it work.