I decided to splurge with this stimulus and bought myself a Heil Sound Pro Micro dual side headset. It was $120 after tax with free shipping so not a bad deal. I really need a better headset and mic to work DX with and for the price, I'm looking forward to much better listening and clearer audio output. This headset has a microphone element designed to work with ICOM radios. My dad gave me a footswitch so now I will me able to operate with both hands free. I really like that; it will make it less stressful for me when I participate in contests, especially Field Day. With an additional adapter, I can use this headset with m IC-706MKII which makes me happy as I will be able to get outdoors and operate.
I also renewed my ARRL membership. The ARRL has helped me out in many ways even when I was not a member so I am glad I was able to renew. I do use the outbound bureau and stuff.