OK, so I guess I should demonstrate more patients with this radio. I received all weather channels fine, and scanned once more to find someone chatting. At the end of their conversation, I transmitted a radio check, and was able to connect with one of them.
I guess I was expecting more of a CB type traffic on the ham, not really thinking about the hundreds of frequencies to transmit from, rather than the 40 channels a CB offers.
I have a TON to learn about this radio, but I'm happy I can receive and transmit from my radio...