Becoming a ham is really simple these days, and doesn't even require you to
learn morse code anymore (for the entry-level licence). With that entry-level
licence you can talk to satellites, run TCP/IP over the air, talk to astronauts
and satellites, transmit pictures and video, and remote control models. All
you need to do is get 26 out of 35 questions right on a multiple choice test.
Those 35 questions will be chosen from a pool of 350 questions, all of which
are public knowledge. Some web sites have set up practice test web pages
where you can take practice tests based on the real question pool. One example
of this is qrz.com. The entry
level license is the "Technician" licence, so that's the practice test you want
to take. It's pretty easy.
When you're ready for the test, you need to
find a Volunteer Examiner session.
Volunteer examiners are amateur radio operators who are certified to administer
amateur radio tests. These people volunteer their time to make amateur radio
possible, since the FCC doesn't have time to do this any more. Ask your VEs
for the "Element 2" test. That's the test for the "Technician" class license.
When you pass the Element 2, let me recommend to you to join a
. Clubs are the ultimate information resources for the new ham.