I think some of you are scaring the socks of W8RNO. It is so simple , spend a few minutes getting used to the sound of your sidetone then go on tha air and look for a CQer. Try to tune so that he sounds something like your sidetone was. Then call him. Either he'll hear you or he won't - in which case just find another. After a few QSOs you'll wonder what all the fuss was about. Good luck- enjoy CW ,...hope we'll work someday soon.