I don't recall what got me interested in amateur radio, but when I did, I contacted the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club in Alabama. I had a great elmer, Howard Marshall (W2SKP). He really helped me out a lot. In December 2011, I was ready to take my Technician class exam.
The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators. To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices. The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing these licensees the ability to communicate locally and most often within North America.
Because there is limited privileges with the Technician class license, my interest dropped pretty quick. Fast forward to February 2019 - my wife told me I needed to get a hobby, so I jumped back in. The Birmingham Amateur Radio Club's annual BirmingHAM Fest was in March, so I thought I would take stab at the General class exam. I failed miserably. However, I studied using Gordon West's book and CDs and passed the exam during Field Day on 22 June 2019.
Guess I'll start studying for the Exam class exam.