My wife sat for her general class amateur radio license and passed the test.
At the house, the radio interference caused by modern electronic devices in homes is so great that only “very exceptionally extremely strong” signals can be heard.
I have a ham radio station that fits into two briefcase Pelican brand transport cases. One case holds the radio, microphone, telegraph key and a few cables. The other case holds some paper, pencils, pencil sharpener, antenna wire and a device that allows the use of a random length of wire to work with the radio. To hold the wire up in the air, I have a fiberglass telescoping pole that, extended is 33 feet/10 meters long and 3 feet/1meter when it is collapsed.
To get away from the interference, we went out into the desert with the camper and set up the station. I let my wife set everything up. I just watched to ensure that she did not do anything that would be harmful to her or the equipment. With no prompting from me, it took her about 10 minutes to get the station on the air. A few minutes after that, she made her first contact–a station in Houston, TX which is about 1,800 miles/3,000km “away”.