I’m a new Technician also, took the class this February, it was great, and I’m exploring 2 m and 70 CM at the moment. Also just installed EchoLink and had a QSO on the club net Sunday. Please shout out for me on the Nashua repeater 147.045 MHZ if you can hit that. Am on Merrimack Nashua line. I’ve been researching a bigger rig than this handheld, preferably something that covers 6 meters as well. Good luck!
73, Mike, W1LOC