I’ll start with saying I originally got into this from 4 wheeling and camping about 5-6 years back. We started out with GMRS radios WRBM678, whiskey, romeo, bravo, mike, 678 but the consensus later was to go the Ham route.
Ham Study Guide dot org is a great place to learn about Ham, study for exams and they also have an app which is nice. Be sure to download the app and study, I found it best to just click (I don't know) so the answer appears and that's all I read. It made it easier for me to remember that way. https://hamstudy.org/
AmRRON is a network of Preppers, Patriots and Redoubters who have volunteered to keep each other connected when other means of communications are unavailable or unreliable. AmRRON operators participate in scheduled nets to practice using non-conventional communications.
I’ve purchased three radios from these guys and they’ve been great so far. They also sell antennas and other Ham related items https://www.hamradio.com/
I've purchased a few antennas from these guys and now you guys have as well although you guys were lucky and saved a bunch thanks to Ammon and Scott. He's also the responsible party for Ham Study Guide https://signalstuff.com
If you’re looking to build your own cables or just looking for misc parts, this is a good place to checkout. QSRadio https://www.qsradio.com/
Great antennas for your HT, Mobile or Base Station