For a person starting to work towards a technician level license,what is a good study guide and where can I find a place to take the test? What book helped you understand the basics better and augemented your knowledge to make you a better ham? Can I be licensed and give a radio to my wife with proper instructions as to its use, using it as a backup for other comm? What can I do if the ham bands in my area are basically dead, with few active hams, and many 11 meter hotrodders? Your advice oh wise ones is greatly appreciated .