I have been listening to shortwave radio for years now and now want to get my tech license. I should be ready for the test by december. Currently i own vertex vx-150 transceiver, a icon rc-7000 both of which i have never used. The icom came with both an antenna and a baum. I also have a couple of grundigs that i use with wire antennas that clip onto the telescopic one that comes with the radio. However neither one has SSB. I want to get a 10m transceiver for my truck. So here is my question, i have learned that getting the license does not really help you understand all that goes into using transceivers or high end receivers. Where to i go to learn these things. I realize that i can learn a certain amount from the manuals but they are written for experience hams not newbies. I bought an AARL book that is so over my head i am embarrassed to admit. Any ideas you more experienced guys can pass on would be great.