For prospective new hams, when I started reading AARL training books, it was… huh? What helped me the most to pass my technician then general was the video’s by “Ham Whisperer”.
With my shiny new-ish general license, I’ve been trying to sort out a HF setup that could get me essentially complete access, modest power/cost, and a subtle antenna… Oh, yes, and simple for a NON technical type to operate. A phrase I like to use is, “I don’t know what I don’t know… ”
Want to operate it mainly as a base unit, but on a power supply / battery set up so it can be taken mobile when warranted.