NZ Straight Key Night

The next SKN is: 8-9pm, Sunday 13 June 2021

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Dec 2018 | Jun 2019 | Dec 2019 | Jun 2020 | Dec 2020

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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 (no bugs, sideswipers, paddles or keyboards)


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.

All stations must follow the QSY Rule. Please be sure you understand it before the contest starts.


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 with all required information exchanged. 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 files such as Cabrillo or 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 14 days after the event, to:

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

If you make at least five valid contacts and submit a “perfect log” you will receive a Solid Copy Certificate.

Notification of results

1. The first announcement of results will be in radiogram form during the first session of the New Zealand Net following the close of entries.

2. Then, results will be posted to this webpage.

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 to any station qualifying for the Solid Copy Certificate, 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.

New for December 2020: A certificate for the youngest operator and the most “senior,” so be sure to include your birthdate in the summary sheet.


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


Choose PDF format if you wish to print and fill in by hand. Choose Word format if you wish to fill in on your computer.

Log sheets: PDF format | Word .docx format

Summary sheet: PDF format | Word .docx format

Want to get in touch?

Email the SKN Manager