I have been an Amateur Radio operator since 1989 or 1990 and enjoy the hobby very much. I have recently become active again after quite a long period of inactivity. What I found is the hobby progressed quite a bit while I was not active. There are new digital voice modes as well as new data modes. I have purchased some updated gear to try some of the new stuff. I hang out on the Carolina 440 System mostly so if you are in North Carolina, look me up.