My first QSO was a miracle ! August 1961, I was a high school kid with a home brew transmitter with one tube, on 80 M, with a dipole fed with lamp cord balanced line, SWL low end receiver. Just got the Novice Ticket in the mail, I Knew a ham who was a year older in the next suburb. Got him on the telephone and asked him to listen for me. Ran into the other room and Called him and ran back from the other room, to the telephone to see if he heard me ! Eventually we hung up land-line and had a halting CW QSO ! My first DX ? 5 miles !