NZ Straight Key Night

The next SKN is: 8-9pm, Sunday 14 Jun 2020

View the results: Dec 2018 | Jun 2019 | Dec 2019

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Polish and lubricate that old morse key and enjoy an evening of old-time radio fun.

Straight Key Night honours the roots of amateur radio, Morse Code sent with a straight key (no bugs, sideswipers, keyers or keyboards).

SKN is supported by – celebrating New Zealand’s radio communication history.


Winter SKN is the second Sunday in June, 8-9pm NZ time.

Summer SKN is the first Sunday in December, 9-10pm NZ time.


80m (3.5 MHz)


CW sent with a straight key


Maximum transmitter output: 100 Watts.

All contacts must be CW to CW. Competing stations must use a straight key throughout (exceptions may be made for disabled operators who cannot use a straight key) but may work stations that are using other types of keys or keyboards.

Each station may be worked only once.


RST / Location / Name / Key / Transmitter / Power

You must correctly log the entire exchange shown above in order for a contact to be valid, except for contacts with non-ZL stations, where you only need to exchange RST / Location / Name.

We recommend calling “CQ SKN” (or just “SKN”) rather than “CQ TEST” for clarity and to help promote the event.

We recommend exchanging meaningful RST, not automatic “599”.


One point per QSO. There are no multipliers.

Logs and Summary Sheets

Logs can be submitted in printed form by mail, or as Word, PDF or Excel documents by email. Please do not submit electronic log files such as ADIF.

For your convenience we have log sheets and summary sheets you can download. See the links at the bottom of this page.

You can also create your own log, but please be sure to include the following information for each contact:

1. Time
2. Callsign of other station
3. RST Sent
4. RST Received
5. Location
6. Name
7. Key
8. Transmitter
9. Power

Please include an official SKN summary sheet (available below) or similar.

Send logs and summary sheets, to arrive no later than the end of the month in which the contest is held, to:

Neil Sanderson, 33 Seacliffe Road, Hillsborough, Auckland 1042
or email to

Notification of results

1. Results will be announced first on the NZ Net during the first net session of the month after SKN.

2. Then, results will be posted to this web page.

3. Then, a link to the results will be sent via email to all participants who included an email address with their log.

4. Then, results will be sent to the NZART contest manager for possible inclusion in Break In.


Certificates will be awarded to the three stations with highest scores, and will be sent by email as PDF files suitable for printing, free of charge. If you want your certificate printed and posted to you, we ask for a $5 contribution to cover costs.


Any photos of operators, keys, or stations will be gratefully received and may be published on this website, in Break-In, etc.


SKN Log Sheet in PDF format – for printing and filling in by hand

SKN Summary Sheet in PDF format – for printing and filling in by hand

SKN Log Sheet in Word format – for filling in on your computer before printing or emailing

SKN Summary Sheet in Word format – for filling in on your computer before printing or emailing

Want to get in touch?

Email the SKN Manager