Founded, January 2006
12,765 members strong
(as of 9/7/2014)
The Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) is the fastest growing group of mechanical-key CW operators in the world. First organized in January 2006, our club has grown rapidly to include thousands of members from all corners of the globe.
Here's how it works:
-- Membership is free.
-- SKCC numbers are issued for life. Once you get it, it's yours.
-- Exchange numbers using a straight key, bug, or side-swiper.
You can find the details of our key policy here.
To receive an SKCC number, click on the Request SKCC Number link at left. If you are helping someone who
wants to join but doesn't use email, you can download a snail-mail application here.
Then check out our CW Beginner's Corner page. It has plenty of basic information about CW operations that will help turn those first CW QSOs from jitters to joy.
8/26/2014: We have posted an article to the page by KC4ZA, with input from V31JP, that answers the question: Why can't I be heard? The article contains tips on what can be done to overcome noise and use knowledge of solar and geomagnetic activity to your advantage.
If you want personalized, on-air help, check out our Morse Elmers page. You'll find contact information for members who have volunteered to serve as CW mentors. Drop one an email to set up an on-air schedule. Or just visit the club's sked page, hosted by K3UK. You'll see a list of members logged in and can use the page's messaging functions to reach a member to arrange an on-air contact.
You have lots of help available to you as you become more adept at using the original instant-messaging mode! You'll find links to the Beginner's and Elmer pages in the navigation column at left under Getting Started. The link to the Sked Page appears under SKCC Community.
The SKCC is rolling out a 1,000 Miles per Watt Award, established to recognize the achievement of contacting another SKCC member using QRP power limits over longer distances.
A QSO must meet the qualifications of (Distance of QSO) / (Power Output in Watts) = 1,000 miles or more. Only the station applying for the award must operate at QRP levels. QSOs made on or after Sept. 1, 2014, are eligible.
For full details, see the award's main page. You'll find a link to it in the navigation column at left under Awards. Many thanks to Bill Nixon, W0EJ, and his posse of QRPers for suggesting the award. Bill is serving as the award manager.
The next SKS-E starts in: 2014-10-2 19:00:00 GMT+00:00
You can find the September results here.
Summer is waning, and along with it the chance to enjoy the great outdoors, at least in shirt sleeves. This month, you can earn bonus points two ways: first, by taking your station on the road -- you pick the distance, but your operating location has to be beyond your back deck, driveway, or front curb; second, by contacting stations that have hit the road.
If your station fits into a fanny pack or day pack, that's great. If it's tucked under the dash of your 4x4, that's great too. For details on the bonus scheme, visit the WES page. You'll find a link to it in the navigation column at left under Activities.
A sincere thanks and tip of the hat to K0FTC for the inspiration for this theme. His thoughtful sojourn into Wyoming from Colorado to operate during August's WES allowed several members to top off their WAS or WAS-C award entries. Now, about Delaware...
You can find the August results here.
The next WES starts in: 2014-9-13 12:00:00 GMT+00:00
The next SKS starts in: 2014-9-25 00:00:00 GMT+00:00
You can find the August results here.
Many SKCC'ers have asked for a simple, convenient way to schedule QSOs with other members -- without having to learn or install new software. So, Andy, K3UK, #1325, and Joe, N8FQ, put their creative heads together and developed a simple,web-based scheduling utility for SKCC members. This is a FUN and FRIENDLY place. New members and beginners are encouraged to join in the fun too! No commands to learn, no Mickey Mousing around with new software. The system simply asks you to provide some basic info about yourself and, presto, you get a list of all SKCC members looking for some cw fun! Can't get any easier than that! Nice job guys! Go to the K3UK Sked Page link under SKCC Community at left.
Looking for SKCC related software? Download club related software free. Programs like W5ZR's SKCC Awards tracker. If you are a software author and have club or CW related programs to contribute, please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org See the Files and downloads under Member services at left.
We have all faced the daunting task of firing-up the radio for that first CW contact. Now you can take that shaky, uncertain hand and turn it into a confident, firm fist with the help of our group of SKCC Morse Code Elmers. Simply click on the Morse Elmers link at left, choose from the list of Elmers, send him or her an email requesting a sked, and before you know it you'll be enjoying the thrill of sending and receiving solid CW. The SKCC Elmer Manager is Jeff K9JP.
Condsider supporting the Halfway House for Keys program, run by a group of hams led by Michael Aretsky, N6MQL, SKCC 5051. The program provides free or very-low-cost straight keys, bugs, and cootie keys to young, newly licensed amateur radio operators who have shown an interest in using CW. The goal of the group is to keep Morse code alive and working on the air. All recipients are required to use their donated keys for at least one hour a week on the air, not just with a practice oscillator. They also are required to meet minimum guidelines to receive a key.
If you would like to donate a spare straight key, bug, or cootie key in any condition, or if you have keys' parts you would like to donate, Mike's group would be very grateful for your contribution. Keys and spare parts can go directly to Mike at:
N6MQL Halfway House for
5543 Tierra Gardens Lane
Carmichael, CA 95608
If you have no keys to spare, cash works. You can donate directly though PayPal at email@example.com. All of the money collected pays for parts that have not been donated or for postage, which we pay if a recipient can't pay for it. NONE of the money is kept by the Halfway House members for personal use.
If you have any questions about the program, would like to donate a key or parts, or would like to be considered as a reciepient for key donation, please do not hesitate to email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So now you've joined SKCC, you have your mechanical sending device, radios, antennae, and other station accessories. But do you have the SKCC "look"? Here are some gift ideas you might think about when gift-giving/receiving time arrives. Why not stop by some of the vendors who are providing SKCC-related gear and do a little virtual window shopping?
For an SKCC name badge, stop by the SignMan of Baton Rouge, purveyor of the SKCC badge shown at left. If you're interested in pinning one on your shirt pocket, you can order an SKCC badge here.
If embroidered hats are your thing, visit Asterid's Embroidery and Quilts for a look at some au courant SKCC chapeaus! If you've got hair, complement it with a like-colored hat. If you don't have hair, well, protect that dome! Finally, for items ranging from mugs and water bottles for hiking or biking, to, shall we say, unique garments, visit Cafe Press.