Good luck with the upgrade examination....
Talking "Good Luck" You're located almost exactly halfway between two active 10 meter propagation beacons.
K2SIT 28.225.5 MHz Buffalo
N2NXZ 28.227.8 MHz Rochester
In case You are not familiar with propagation beacons.... They are the only "real time" indicator of band openings.
and scroll down to "Why listen for beacons".
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