In the meantime find and become familiar with your local radio club. Once you have your license see if there is a “net” weekly or monthly which you can check into. Maybe even find yourself a mentor or “elmer” to walk you through this wonderful hobby.
In Box Elder County we are the Golden Spike Amateur Radio Club (GSARC) – www.ubetarc.org
Take a look at the Utah Amateur Radio Club (UARC) - https://user.xmission.com/~uarc/
And the Utah VHF Society - http://utahvhfs.org/
Find your local club/area repeater and give a shout or locate your nearest “Intermountain Intertie” repeater and find some new friends. - http://utahvhfs.org/snowlink.html
The ARRL - www.arrl.org
The ARRL is the official organization for Amateur Radio. They provide many resources and are the legal powerhouse for keeping ham radio alive in North America.
QRZ – www.qrz.com
From looking up other operators, to logging contacts (QSOs), to searching for help in their forum. QRZ offers some great information for all hams. Wondering where that guy is from you just talked to? Look him up! Please get yourself registered and fill out your page. Their logging platform is nice as well for when you get into HF and log the world.
Hamstudy – www.hamstudy.org
A fantastic resource to help you progress in this wonderful hobby and get your next license.
Repeaterbook – www.repeaterbook.com
Download their app today and find the nearest repeaters to you!
The UtahSDR – www.sdrutah.org
A collection of software defined receivers near Corinne UT. You can hop online and listen to signals from everywhere in a graphical way. Hundreds of hams use the system daily to listen to signals from around the world.