Hey, man, call it retro or old school as you'd like (I'm pretending to be mean here). With USB only, you're not going to cut through QRN/QRM like a hot knife through butter, especially during low sunspot cycle like now. And don't forget the SMS vs. CW race in Jay Leno's TV show (which you can find in utube). Looks like you're on the right track by picking up CW. Congrats and welcome!