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** SKCC K3Y 2018 - Jan. 2nd thru 31st **


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K3Y, the Straight Key Century Club's annual January celebration, commemorates the club's founding in 2006 following the American Radio Relay League Straight Key Night. Several SKN participants wanted to extend the fun of hand keying beyond one day a year. SKCC is the result.

The event is open to members and non-members alike. It runs from January 2nd thru 31st, 2018. It's a great time to introduce or reacquaint CW operators to the art of hand-crafted Morse code using the original keying devices of early radio: straight keys, bugs, and mechanical side swipers.

This year we'll be fielding K3Y operators in each of the 10 US call areas, plus KH6, KL7 and KP4, along with specially scheduled DX member stations in each of six IARU continental regions. Your contacts with event operators in all of these 19 areas will be tabulated in the stats section of the K3Y website and can be confirmed with a commemorative QSL card and Sweep Certificate.

It's also a great time for SKCC members to make progress toward Club operating awards. QSOs with K3Y stations can be used, as long as the award application includes the K3Y operators' home call signs.

K3Y Operator certificates are available, as well as area-sweep certificates. See the K3Y website for details.

All SKCC members are eligible to sign up as K3Y operators during the month. Please contact your regional Coordinator. This and other detailed information about the K3Y event can be found at http://www.skccgroup.com/k3y/k3y.php

Special QSL cards will be available at the end of the event to serve as a record of all the K3Y call areas you've contacted.

Example QSO Report on the K3Y QSL Card.

Example multi-area QSO report on K3Y QSL Card

K3Y "Sweep" QSL Card 

** The 2018 QSL cards should be sent out in Feb/March.**

The official K3Y QSL card confirms contacts with one station in each US call area plus KH6, KL7, KP4 and six DX continental regions, up to a total of 19 QSOs for the complete sweep. Contacts are selected automatically from the K3Y master log, one QSO per area. (See example QSL card above.)

If you want one of these cards, send a SASE to the SKCC QSL Bureau. Be sure to write your call sign and "K3Y" on the envelope. No need to send us your own card. (See Bureau contact info at the link below.)

If you are already "good" in the SKCC QSL Bureau you will receive a K3Y card automatically at the end of the event. No need to request a K3Y card; no need to send your own card.

If you are located outside of the USA you can request a K3Y card from the SKCC QSL Bureau by sending a payment of USD $3.00 via PayPal.com to  PayPal@skccgroup.com  Be sure to provide your call sign and "K3Y QSL" in the request. Do not send requests for K3Y QSL cards via the ARRL or W3 Bureau.

If you want QSL cards for individual QSOs with K3Y operators, you must contact them individually according to their personal QSLing policies. The SKCC QSL Bureau cannot forward your cards to K3Y operators who are not members of the SKCC QSL Bureau. Not all K3Y operators or all SKCC members are members of the SKCC QSL Bureau. Cards will not be forwarded to anyone who is not a member of the SKCC QSL Bureau. See the list of members who are "good in the buro" at the link below.

If you need the call sign of a particular K3Y operator contact Drew AF2Z or Ron AC2C (below) with the QSO details.

See the SKCC QSL Bureau and "good in the buro" list at: www.skccgroup.com/member_services/qsl_buro

For more information about the Straight Key Century Club, please visit the club's website at http://www.skccgroup.com or contact the following:

Ron at AC2C@SKCCgroup.com

Drew at AF2Z@SKCCgroup.com

K3Y 2018 has ended.

Thanks for your participation!

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