I am only 1/4 of the way into LCWO.net, and I felt like I should try some on-air attempts at basic QSOs -- I keep reading, "JUMP IN! GET EXPERIENCE!". Almost a complete disaster. I ended up forgetting most every letter I know. The guy even slowed for me -- and what's worse, half of his callsign was comprised of letters that I don't have in memory yet. I ended up looking at the chart through most of the QSO, missing 75% of what the guy was going on about (I got his call and 579 out of it). He was super patient, slowed to about 7wpm, repeated multiple times, but he started throwing a bunch of other numbers at me, for some reason, and I became completely lost. I had a similar QSO last week. I feel like I completely wasted these peoples' time, and that I shouldn't have jumped in ASAP, as I have seen so many people say online. My ego took a big hit. Perhaps I shouldn't have tried to start a QSO so soon? Feeling really, really stupid.