Friday, February 20, 2015

I have my call sign now!


YES!!!!

Finally I have my call sign. I was wondering why it was taking so long on the FCC database. Of course, I think it did not help that the ARRL was shut down because of the weather for several days.

I am waiting for my handheld radio right now. I ordered it about one and half weeks ago. However, it did not arrive yet. What I am thinking is the continuous horrible weathers from last week delayed the package. I am sure that estimated delivery date considers that date too. Because the estimated arrival date was between 11st and 18th. I contacted my seller already asking if he or she has a tracking number to figure out what is going on.

I hope everything is just fine.
I am thinking the worst situation such as cargo truck faced a car accident.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Filing a Tax is Just Painful!


After I got my first job at Burger 37' and received my SSN, I knew that someday I must file  a tax. In South Korea, people do file tax, but no one really send any tax forms to IRS. At least, I have never seen my parents filing a tax form to send to IRS.

Anyway, I received my W-2 about two months ago along with my 1042-S form because I am a foreign student in the U.S. Looking at the tax file, I was terrified with all unknown numbers and descriptions. I tried to read the instructions but could not figure out so much about filing tax.

I asked Int'l Department in my university. Because I was sure that I was not the only foreign student who was struggling on how to file the tax. And, indeed, they had a separate session for filing a tax and offered online tax filing program for inexpensive price.

I just finished my tax filing on that online tax filing site. It was quite simple and quick (it was only quick to think how long it would take me to file the tax form by myself).

For Federal Income Tax, my university's Int'l Department offered some critical helps. However, for state tax, I must do it by myself. There is a county IRS where students can get assistance. However, it is so far away to go by bus. It would take only fifteen minutes by a car, but I do not own any. There is a bus, but it will take an hour and thirty minutes to get there!

I mean, I will get only about $30 tax return from Federal Income Tax Return. Then, how much will I get back from the state one? Maybe NONE? To be honest, I really do not want to file the tax. I will get only THIRTY DOLLARS back!

However, I want to put more emphasis on my first experience on filing a tax. It may cost me more to print, post, or visit local IRS than my tax return amount. But, this is a great experience I think. I just cannot deny this fact.

By the way, I was very disappointed to see that my tax return is only $30. Although I applied tax return agreement between South Korea and the U.S., it still gave me tiny a bit of tax return. In fact, I earned not so much. That is probably why I am receiving back only few.

Anyway, I should get my way to local IRS at Spring break.
I still have some time left.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I Passed My ARRL Technician License Test


I do not possess my call sign yet.

However, I passed this test easily. This is because I had studied a lot for this test. It took me about a month to study along with my other university works.

It took me about 10 minutes to finish the test. I scored 34 out of 35 questions. As soon as I passed the test, one VE gave me General class test. Of course, I wondered why he gave me that test--I did not study at all! He said, since I scored very good, there is 50 percent chance to pass General class too. I knew I would not pass the test. Because when I saw the test paper, I had no clue what the answers were. Obviously, I did not pass General class. But, who cares?! I passed my Technician test, and now I am a part of Ham Radio!

I am very glad to get this license. However, I am not going to stop here. Originally, I was planning to only get Technician class license, but now I am confident enough that I can pass all the way to Extra class.

Who knows, having this license may help me later in my military service.
By the way, I bought UV-5X handheld transceiver. I did not buy the book about Tiger tank's engine!
I will consider paying $30 for this radio as a compliment for myself.

Getting my first and forever call sign is just a matter of time.