This morning I got online and the FCC had issued my new Ham license call sign.
This all started at Christmas when Dad gave me the study guide for the first level license test, and told me that if I got my license by my birthday, he would get me a radio. I spent 6 months studying the book when I had free time and on Saturday went down to De Anza park and took the test. 35 multiple choice questions, I had to get 26 correct to pass. Needless to say, I passed. So they submitted the paperwork and the FCC issued the license on the next business day!
So now that I have the license, I can transmit at high power on a wide range of frequencies, although the most valuable is the 2 meter band (144MHz). All in all, this will be a neat experience to be able to play with high power radio equipment.