Founded, January 2006
16,814 members strong
as of 26-Feb-2017
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 licensed amateur-radio operators 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.
Andy O'Brien, K3UK, SKCC 1325T, has been awarded an engraved straight key and a plaque in appreciation for his tireless management of the K3UK Sked Page, which included the Straight Key Century Club as one of its participating groups. The page quickly became the prime meeting place for members looking for contacts with other members during and between formal club operating events. Andy announced the page's impending closure in January, citing his desire to pursue other interests.
Meanwhile, during the past year, a back-up site began to take shape out of concerns raised about the Sked Page's performance during a month-long celebration of the club's 10th anniversary. That page is active and is under continued refinement by Mark Glenn, K7MJG. Mark has given the club rights to maintain and operate the page if he decides to move on. This eliminates the uncertainty that comes when a particular developer or maintainer hosts the page and decides to move on. We are deeply indebted to Andy for demonstrating how vital a resource a sked page can be for members.
Let's give it up for Jake, KK6L, who captured first and second place in a QSL-design contest tied to the club's 11th Anniversary Celebration, which runs from Jan. 2 through Jan. 31, 2017.
Jake's design will become the official QSL card for the anniversary operating event, known far and wide as K3Y. It also graces the 2017 K3Y coffee mug (2 sizes) available here from Cafe Press.
The competition was tough. Congratulations also go to Gary, VE3DZP, who took third place, and Doug, N3PDT, who took fourth place. Check out the designs from these top four vote-getters by visiting the QSL Card contest page here. They also are displayed, along with other entries, in the club's 2017 SKCC Calendar. You can download it here.
The K3Y planning group thanks all who entered designs this year. And if you didn't win, keep those designs on file and tweak 'em. We'll need a QSL design for K3Y 2018!
The December 2016 issue (Volume 8, Issue 4) of the SKCC "Rag Chew" Newletter is now available. It's a big issue (43 pages), so set aside some time to read it all. You'll find it here.
SKCC Straight Key Night (SKN) occurs from 0000 - 2359 UTC on the first day of each month. It is not a contest, so there is no need to submit logs. But it is a good opportunity to work toward the club's achievement awards. The operating event, the club's first, was inspired by the ARRL's annual Straight Key Night. The SKCC's founders wanted to have Straight Key Night every month -- a good way to bring members together on the air on a regular basis. The tradition continues!
Visit the SKSE Home Page for sprint details.
The SKCC board has opted to adopt the K7MJG Sked page as the club's official sked page (see the postings on Facebook and on the Yahoo group for a more fulsome explanation). To encourage folks to kick the site's tires, the bonus scheme for this month's Weekend Sprintathon is geared to encourage that tire-kicking. For details, see the Weekend Sprintathon's main page. You'll find a link to it in the navigation column at left under "Activities."
You can find February's results here.
KS8KCC, #16000, will be our Bonus Station.
Visit the SKS Home Page for sprint details
You can find January's results 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.
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.
Visit the club's sked site at http://sked.k7mjg.com/. It's a fun, friendly place. New members and beginners are encouraged to join! 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! A hearty "thank you" to Mark, K7MJG, for developing the sked page. A link to it also appears under SKCC Community in the navigation column 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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! .