Well, I have been having fun with my new radio and my General Class Ticket! I have been able to make contact with some of the National Parks as part of the NPOTA project. (We also do activations with the club.
I do have a plan to try and elevate my antenna some but will need to purchase and install a pole in the back of the yard (or hook it up to a tree). Not a rush but something I would like to accomplish over the summer.
I also have managed to contact a few Special Event Stations. They had a Museum Ships Weekend where you made contact with various ships (many WWII etc). You would get a special Certificate if you could snag 15. I was only able to get 8 but still had a good time working them.
I also made a contact with the Nuclear ship Savannah (a nice Savannah to Savannah contact. And a DD Commemorative Station. I have worked on the Indy Trifecta also and have 2 of the 3 legs. There are 3 races at the Indianapolis Speedway and the radio club broadcasts for one week prior to each race. I stumbled accidentally on the US Grand Prix, made the contact and learned of the event. You can get a card for each event and if you get all 3, you get all 3 cards and a special Commemorative Certificate. I managed to get Leg 2 on the opening day (Indy 500) and later in July is leg 3, the NASCAR Brickyard 400. I will work to try and get that.
Looking to also get an HF portable rig setup for use with the camper and at the end of the month, I will be participating in a 24 hour Field Day with the club.