Thank you Joseph for your replies. I will be trying out the 2m more and get some basic operating skills. At the Brampton Hamfest I bought a FT2900 for the 2m and a FT450D for HF. Next is setting up some decent antennas. I'll start with a homemade ground plane for the 2m and a dipole draped over tree(s) in my small backyard for HF.
Since a kid I as I was enchanted by the
magic of HF and being able to reach the whole planet with just your own rig and waves. I am also interested in satelite work (receiving images with an SDR on 137mhz), satelite repeaters, EME, radio astronomy and some general soldering and tinkering.
I saw your QRZ page. Nice station setup and fascinating interests like PSK31. I am practically around the corner. Looking forward talking on the radio or a club event.