I was just licensed and I look forward to getting involved in the hobby and with MARS. I was excited to see an active, established club in the area. I have some minimal experience with SDR (which is what got me into the hobby), and I'm very interested in exploring the technology.
I've been able to listen on my handheld, but I haven't made any contacts yet. I caught the last half of NeWAIN Thursday Net last night and I spent the rest of the evening programming my radio with CHIRP.