Just getting started in ham radio. Picked up a Chinese baofeng radio , external mic , and antenna. Dusted off a copy of the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. still studying so I can take test. Just started last night listening to Al, KE6LG, I hope that's right on the net K6JSI REPEATER 147.210 MHZ and channel surfing. Learning the band ply for 2 meter and 70cm and just practicing writing down contacts while listening to the nets. I also have the ARRL repeater directory 2011/2012 edition picked it up when I thought I was serious, it happens. Just curious any serious hams that ride and are wiling to mentor in local area? I'm a stones throw from Bedford Canyon Road, Corona. Quick question can I lock out the mick as to not inadvertently key inon my baofang uv-5r v2+? A little paranoid about doing this when maneuvering the radio and mic for better reception, this feeling of balancing a carton of eggs on top of groceries while walking up an ice covered drive with one peg leg.