New Zealand Straight Key Night

See the results for SKN 2018

radiotelegraph operator cartoon

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.


First Sunday in December, 9pm-10pm NZ Daylight Time (0800-0900 UTC)
Note: This applies to the 2018 event, which has been delayed by one month. From 2019 onward, SKN will likely return to its original place on the first Sunday of November.


80m (3.5 MHz)


CW sent with a straight key


All stations participate in a single division, with maximum transmitter output of 100W.


RST / Location / Name / Key / Transmitter / Power

For contacts with non-ZL stations, exchange only RST / Location / Name.

We recommend calling “CQ SKN” rather than “CQ TEST” for clarity.

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


One point per QSO. There are no multipliers.

Each station may be worked only once.

All contacts must be CW to CW. Stations submitting logs must use a straight key throughout, but may work stations that are using other types of keys or keyboards.

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. You can use the official SKN log sheets or create your own if you prefer.

For each contact, please show:

1. Time (NZDT or UTC)
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 or similar.

Send logs and summary sheets by 30 December to:

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


Certificates will be awarded to the three stations with highest scores.

Best Fist Award graphic

As well, we’re looking for the best straight key operator in New Zealand! Please nominate the station with the best fist that you worked or heard during SKN. There’s a spot for that on the summary sheet.


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


SKN Log Sheet

SKN Summary Sheet

Want to get in touch?

Email the SKN Manager

New Zealand Straight Key Night was formerly known as NZART Straight Key Night.