October 2021 update
New Zealand Straight Key Night has a new format and a new sponsor. See the details below.
Polish and lubricate that old morse key and enjoy an evening of old-time radio fun.
Straight Key Night is an informal event which honours the roots of amateur radio: Morse Code sent with a straight key (no bugs, sideswipers, keyers or keyboards).
This semi-annual event is supported by the
New Zealand Morse Code Telegraph Key Directory.
Winter SKN is the second Sunday in June, 8-9pm NZ time.
Summer SKN is the first Sunday in December, 9-10pm NZ time.
80m (3.5 MHz)
CW sent with a straight key (no bugs, sideswipers, paddles or keyboards)
Maximum transmitter output: 100 watts.
All contacts should be CW to CW, using a straight key (exceptions for disabled operators who cannot use a straight key).
RST / Location / Name / Key / Transmitter / Power
We recommend calling “CQ SKN” (or just “SKN”) rather than “CQ TEST” for clarity and to help promote the event.
We recommend exchanging meaningful RST, not automatic “599”.
As of December 2021, SKN is an informal event, in which operators can score their own performance based on the number of complete two-way contacts. There are no certificates awarded.
Logs and summary sheets
As of December 2021, SKN is an informal event so you will not be submitting a log or summary sheet. These forms remain available, however, should you wish to use them for your own record-keeping. They can be downloaded using the links below.
PDF format is recommended if you wish to print and fill in by hand.
Word format is for those who wish to fill in the forms on their computer.