I learned code back in 1999 while deployed to bosnia with the army. I never bother to take the test out of laziness I suppose. I decided the other day that I want to be a general or extra before my birthday next month. (sort of a present to myself) I loaded up some recordings off the net from a few CW transmissions and realized I remember the code about as well as I remember spanish from high school. I recognize quite a few words and letters etc... but not enough to get the whole picture by any means. I checked the testing schedule for my local area and the next testing session is Aug 10.... a whole day before my birthday. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif I guess I have one shot to meet my goal.