... you wonder, why is there no simple guide for beginners.
Good news! Allow us to introduce you to this deal in case you missed the announcement from the AMSAT News Service ...
Free Digital Copy of "Getting Started with Amateur Satellites" Avail- able for New or Renewing Members
While HuskySat-1 completes it's scientific mission, check out the best resource for learning how to work through linear transponder sat- ellites (and other types of amateur satellites). For a limited time, AMSAT is making the "Getting Started With Amateur Satellites" book available as a download with any paid new or renewal membership purchased via the AMSAT Store. This offer is only available with purchases completed online, and for only a limited time. A perennial favorite, Getting Started is updated every year with the latest amateur satellite information, and is the premier primer of satellite operation. The book is presented in PDF format, in full color, and covers all aspects of making your first contacts on a ham radio satellite.
Please take advantage of this offer today by visiting the AMSAT store at https://www.amsat.org/shop/ and selecting any membership option. While there, check out AMSAT's other items, including the M2 LEOpack antenna system, Arrow antennas, AMSAT shirts, and other swag. Be sure to view your cart before going to checkout. If you add a membership and then go directly to checkout, you'll never see an option to add your free gift.
If you have trouble selecting your free gift, please see this YouTube video to see the steps necessary. https://youtu.be/oRqk5Am-UzE
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]
If you prefer a printed book "Getting Started with Amateur Satellites" is available at: https://www.amsat.org/shop/ The 2019 edition is the current one (not 6 years old). The 2020 version will likely come out at the Dayton Hamvention.