Your first few posts are moderated and do not show until someone has approved them unless you have joined as a full member or have done the "bypass newbie group".
PM's are not available to "Newbies". They/you do have the option to pay $2.00 to bypass this group. The reason for the group is to ensure spammers do not get on the board. Spammers do not pay $2.00, hence the fee.
You are automatically moved from the Newbie group to registered after 4 moderated posts.