Charles, our pal KD8IIC mentioned 15 meters as another place you have HF privileges. Fifteen meters can be a BUNCH of fun. My first year as a Tech+ (which was back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth) was mostly on 15 meter CW. I worked most of my first 100 countries doing that, and had a great time.
I also passed 20wpm a year after that, and did not ever "practice" as such. You'll find that if you are USING your CW privileges, you'll gain speed and proficiency very quickly, and it won't feel like "work," it'll be FUN! :-)
Everybody else is right: call at YOUR comfortable speed; most ops do not mind a bit slowing down when needed.
You're in for a world of fun, Charles! 73 GL, and I hope to catch you on the air some time! --ken
I got my double bazooka 40 meter antenna up. I worked n8nsn yesterday he said I had a hum on my signal.
I moved my radio away from my power supply. I also moved my laptop power cord away from my radio.
I hope this gets the hum to go away.
I called CQ several times this morning but no takers.
I don't have a tuner at this time so I will have to stay on 40 meter CW for now.