Step 1 complete
Ok, using the Root Genius tool suggested on NeedRom . com I was able to root the device. That was easy. Now then, the site says to download an .img file and says it is "recovery for STAR N900W based on SM-N900HA 20131108 . install the recovery with mobile uncle tools."
I installed Mobile Uncle and flashed the recovery img. The img from NeedRom.com was pretty much stock though. I'm gonna try another one the have on that site that purports to be based on the Samsung Note 3 img. We'll see...