KQ4MM I heard you! I have your call written on my notepad as talking on 40m to KA8... I listened for a while. Your fist was fine. Everything sounded FB. As to the original topic of DX, I just don't know. When I restarted the hobby a while ago, I was eagerly expecting to pull in lots of DX. I've been disappointed. As you said, I get at most about 700 miles away. I live in Alabama, USA, and I've heard Canada and Cuba and Mexico, but aside from some very rare folks with exceptional beams pointed my way, I just don't hear DX. I know I need a better antenna, but it's not my top priority right now. One thing to keep in mind is that you need a good filter to limit your bandwidth down to about 200 Hz to get any benefit on CW over SSB. It makes ALL the difference! As to nervousness: Just get on the air! You WILL mess up. Get ready for that, and accept it. Send much more slowly than you think you can handle. Accuracy over speed! But initially, don't worry too much about perfection. That will all come with time. These days I practice at 22-25 wpm, but I usually run 15-18 wpm on the air. There are the speed demons that won't go slower than 30 wpm. Let them enjoy their speed. I usually get some of what they say. I've had folks speed up when I asked for slower. Let 'em have their fun. If I have time and hear a call at 5-10 wpm, I'll do my best to match speed, and I think most folks will try to help a brother out.