Hey @Deltahedge ,
I used the HamStudy app, it’s a great resource for the testing. I recommend coming up with a budget, because antennas, radios, wires, etc. are not cheap. Connect with your local club; mine has been a wealth of knowledge and has used equipment for sale or to borrow. A lot of folks start with a cheap Baofeng radio, just go ahead and spend a few more bucks for a Yaesu or an iCom, because the Baofeng is a waste of money. Do a lot of listening to pick up the lingo and figure out who’s active on the local repeaters. Hope some of this helps.
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