I have been a ham for a few now, but have been slow in getting into "new" things. I do not know why, but perhaps it is either I am a little hesitant, scared, or just plain lazy. I have an Icom 718, and have an inverted V off the roof of the house. I took me awhile, but I started to make US QSO's, and a few weeks ago started using VOX with a headphone/mic. Two weeks ago I finally got a foot switch (so I could take it off VOX -- a funny thing about that, depending on how sensitive it is, even a deep breath will set it off...). Anyway, last week I made my first two DX -- Bulgaria and France, both where on 20. I have also worked several W1AW/whatever stations as well. It is starting to get fun at times. Although I do look a little funny, since right now I am using two headphones -- at the same time. I have my old 35db scanner headphones, then the ones with the mic. I am planning to get a new set -- Yamaha CM500 Headset with Built In Microphone (Amazon.com: Yamaha CM500 Headset with Built In Microphone: Musical Instruments). From what I have read it looks like a good set to use. But I have to admit -- DXing is a little fun -- unless you have a pileup that you cannot get through on -- any advice, or do I sit for a couple of hours trying to break through?