I'm looking to try and get into amateur radio I know that I have to get a license from the FCC. I am sure with a little studying I should be able to pass the test. I am looking for some information about what study guides would be the best, and possible testing locations in Middle Tennessee, preferably close to Cookeville, Tn but I would be willing to travel to Nashville, or even Knoxville if I have to. I am interested in the 2 meter band. I'm not totally new to radio, I have used VHF radio's as a volunteer firefighter for quite a few years, and I have had a CB in my vehicles sense I was 16. I have been doing research into a few 2 meter radios, particularly the Kenwood TM-281A, Icom IC-V8000, and Yeasu's FT-2900 and FT-1900. any opinion on those would be appreciated as well. I know this is a lot, but I just want to try and break into a higher level of the radio hobby.