Our 15th Annual Straight Key Month starts on January 2nd, directly following ARRL Straight Key Night. Once again, we will be using the K3Y special event call sign. As usual we are asking SKCC members to provide QSL card designs for this very popular event.
Designs will be uploaded to the webpage so that members can view them and vote for their favorites starting on Dec. 15th. The most popular design will become the official 2021 K3Y QSL card.
If enough designs are submitted we will feature twelve of them in the SKCC print calendar for the new year. The calendar will include upcoming events of interest to club members; also telegraphy and radio-related historical dates and astronomical data. You can find the calendar for the current year here:
There were many excellent and popular entries submitted for past events that did not win the top spot. Designers of these cards are invited to update them for 2021 and re-submit.
Following are the required design specifications for card images:
At a minimum, the following text elements should be included in your design:
Optional suggested text elements:
You can combine text elements, for example: "SKCC Straight Key Month & 15th Anniv.", etc. and use a variety of font sizes.
The back side of the card with additional descriptive information and QSO layout will be provided by us.
Please follow the guidelines carefully. If you have any questions please check with me before starting your design.
Submit your designs by Dec. 14th at the latest. Designs received before then will be placed on the contest page in the order received but can still be modified and revised up till the submission deadline.
You can submit several different designs. However, please don't submit multiple entries having minor variations. For example: the same basic design with differently colored backgrounds.
If you include graphics or photos that are not your own they must either be public domain or you must have permission from the original owner. Please advise us if you are using graphics or photos that are not your own.
By submitting a card design you agree that SKCC has the right to use it for the K3Y QSL card, webpages, anniversary logo, mug graphic and calendar. Also, a variant of your design may be used on K3Y DX QSL cards.
Please send any questions or comments to me at af2z[at]skccgroup.com, or post a follow-up in the SKCC group on Groups.io, and I will get back to you. Also send your card images to me. I will confirm receipt and have them uploaded to the webpage.
Watch this page for updates in coming weeks. In the meantime, better get busy with your K3Y card design(s)!
Drew — AF2Z
K3Y Planning Group