Made my first contacts on 17 meters last night! Talked to New Zealand, Calgary, New York!
Passed my Technician on 4/12 and upgraded to General two weeks after that, so I am very green. I live in a very antenna-restricted community, so I have to be very stealth. I have an Ultimax 100 set up permanently and deploy an Alpha Vertical after the sun goes down. Using an old Kenwood TS-450S I bought from a local ham.
Have made contacts on 40m here in the West (Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and Utah).
I suppose I'll do better once I really figure out what the heck I am doing.