Or at least I think I made it through it. Everyone says that once you learn all of the letters and prosigns that you should jump on the air and start making contacts. I have also read that contesters will work with pretty much anyone considering the fact that they need you more than you need them in most cases. So with those two facts in hand i decided to start scanning the dial last night trying to find a contester that I could follow. I found someone operating in the Hawaii QSO Party. They were moving pretty fast but after listening to them for a while I made out their callsign. I continued listening to them call CQ with no one answering them, so I figured if no one else is answering them, maybe I will not be wasting their time by trying to make a contact. I figured that all I had to get out was my callsign, the number 1 and TN for my state. Easy enough.... So I send "K2DN 1 TN" at about 10 WPM. Sure enough I get a K2DN back. Followed by a string of stuff coming at me so fast I have no idea what they said. I did understand the word "State?" So I sent "TN" again. This was followed by another string of characters thrown out there at lightning speed. I froze, I had no idea what to do next so I sat there for about 2 seconds before he started calling CQ again. To be very honest I have no idea if the other guy considers the brief "conversation" we had an actual contact or not. Guess I will find out if I get a QSL via LOTW (The person says he does LOTW) So all in all, my first cw contact was a complete train wreck. I apologize to anyone who might have heard it including the guy I tried to contact Not to be discouraged, I am not going to give up, hopefully the contacts will get easier as I make more of them.