I have made a few changes. Ones that I think will be a bit easier.
In order to have full use of the PM feature on this board, we are requiring a minimum of 5 posts. It used to be 10, but I have since seen that 5 is a more reasonable number.
As a member with less than 5 posts, you can send and receive only 2 PMs. I know it seems harsh, but we do get spammers that sign up, just to send PMs or to PM members asking them for drawings of whatever project they have going on. This is not acceptable. It is pretty easy to get 5 posts. Post up an introduction thread... I am sure you will get asked questions.