I came in loud and clear during the 2 meter net coming out of Stillwater. I felt welcome and enjoyed the conversation. Listening in to other nets had helped me prepare for the net control protocol.
As I waited for my systematically assigned call sign, I debated whether or not I should apply for a vanity. I was easily hooked when my uncle-in-law told me to go for it.
Passed my amateur radio technician class exam today in Blaine, Minnesota.