After reading the ARRL General book and spending a few days going over the question pool I screwed up my courage and took Element 3. I was so nervous when I went in that I filled out the FCC application incorrectly — definitely not a good way to start the exam. Went through and answered the questions I knew cold then counted them: 26, enough to squeak by. Answered the ones I’d skipped, turned in my exam and was really relieved to hear that I’d only gotten one wrong.
Now to set up an HF antenna and do some QRP on the low bands. Unfortunately for me the nearest ham store is in Cleveland, a 2.5 hour drive away, so it’s all mail order or Radio Shack until I can spare an entire weekend day. On the other hand, they do have a better selection of wine over that way, there’s a Trader Joe’s, and a few other things we don’t have here in Pittsburgh.