Why not just use skype or similar with a key and oscillator as the original poster suggested. I don't "get" vband.
why not use your radio.
For this we made our license ;-)
No problem to connect a key or a paddle
to a modern rig. Switch it on and go on air.
perhaps you have a look to
they use the internet for training
and contact to your Elmer.
or have a look to
perhaps the chance to find a partner is much bigger there
in the USA.
73 Rüdiger DD5RK