Tried my first Ham and CW contact today. I have been tinkering with cut dipoles inside, outside 20M, 40M, after about a month and 3 antennas I finally got one that is cut to a decent SWR and will survive outside. Picked up a TON of signals calling cq dx over the weekend so I just listened. Got back to the radio tonight and scrolled around the band and picked up the W1AW code practice and copied what I could. Feeling pretty good and remembering reading that the best way to improve is to get on the air; I called CQ for a bit and not getting anything back; I started scrolling around and got a very strong signal from New York. Sent (Their Call) De AJ4ZX and then my mind went BLANK! It wasnt my call being sent back but it was close. I think I copied 4 letters out of the message back. 4DX and then I got stumped by ..--.. and I must have waited to long because it went dead silent. Sent out my call again and nothing. I'll try again. Its amazing how I can copy decent most of the time, but the second it was "Important" I lost everything. :-/ If you hear AJ4ZX on 20M, be gentle Running an SR-160 to a 20M dipole rather low to the ground. I dont have a mic for it.