Founded, January 2006
11,449 members strong
(as of 12/03/2013)
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 SKCC numbers using a straight key, bug, or side swiper
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, 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.
And 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.
Some of you designed QSL cards for this January's K3Y Anniversary Event. Others admired and voted. And now, the calendar is ready for downloading. Just click on the calendar image at left, print it out, and hang in it on the wall in your shack! (Mike Baxter, are you listening?) Congratulations to Doug, N3PDT, for garnering the votes to snag the cover shot. And thanks to all the other talented designers for filling the calendar with slick looking entries.
K3UK's site, in the navigation column at left under Community, is the hottest thing going for setting up skeds with other SKCC members. But with more than 11,000 members out there, you can bet there are more members on the air at any given moment than the K3UK Sked Page regulars. To cast a wider net, try these two sites:
Both sites compare reverse-beacon data on who is calling CQ against various ham-club rosters to let you know who is on the air. The SKCC is included in each site's list of clubs. Hamjitsu filters the entries by band and provides SKCC numbers. PA4N's page also filters by band, as well as skimmer continent, CW speed, and other criteria. It gives no SKCC number for members, but you can find those by using the member-search function at the top of this page. Happy hunting!
The next SKS-E starts in: 2013-12-5 20:00:00 GMT+00:00
You can find the November results here.
It's homebrew-key time again. You'll earn bonus points for building and using a homebrew straight key, cootie, or bug from scratch for this event. In addition special bonus points will flow for contacts made with members who have no initials following their SKCC numbers. For details, check out the WES page on the club website. You'll find a link to it in the navigation column at left under Activities.
The next WES starts in: 2013-12-14 12:00:00 GMT+00:00
The next SKS starts in: 2013-12-25 00:00:00 GMT+00:00
You can find the November 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.