By Neil Sanderson ZL1NZ, SKN manager
22 Dec 2020
- Summer conditions were not ideal, but we still had 19 stations participating in Straight Key Night on Sunday 6 December 2020.
- 16 stations submitted logs, but three ops asked me not to count their logs, hence only 13 stations are listed in the results.
- We again used the QSY Rule. Thanks everyone for remembering to QSY.
- A few stations qualified for the Solid Copy Certificate (submitting a perfectly copied log) and those certificates will be emailed in the next few days.
Senior Operator Award
New for this SKN: I asked ops to provide their date of birth on the summary sheet so I could award a “Junior Operator” and “Senior Operator” certificate. Unfortunately, very few stations sent a summary sheet, and even fewer disclosed their date of birth – but I feel pretty confident in awarding the Senior Operator Certificate to Trevor ZL2AGC, who is 87 years old and operates from an apartment in Wellington while enduring heaps of local noise. Congratulations OM!
Here is a graph showing the number of SKN participants for each age. (Note that most ops did not disclose their age, and in a couple of cases I’ve incorporated that info from other sources.)
Congratulations to everyone who got on the air for SKN and, in particular, to the top scoring operators. In the list below, the first number on each line is completed contacts (score) for each station.
Certificates will be emailed in the next week or so.
15: ZL1AJY / AK / PAUL / SUPREME / K3 / 100 15: ZL1NZ / AKL / NEIL / FLAMEPROOF / FT101 / 100 15: ZL2GD / RANGIORA / GRANT / AM / ICOM / 80 14: ZL1BBW / WHG / GAVIN / RAF / 7610 / 100 14: ZL2KE / MASTERTON / STEVE / CZECH ARMY / FT857D / 100 12: ZL1BWG / WRG / BRUCE / MARCONI / ICOM / 100 11: ZL2IR / RAKAIA / NORMAN / ZC1 / TS830S / 100 10: ZL2WT / HASTINGS / DAVID / MARCONI / IC7100 / 100 10: ZL4KL / CAMBRIDGE / STEVE / MARINE / TS440S / 50 9: ZL2GVA / BLENHEIM / GERARD / JUNKER / FT897 / 100 8: ZL2AGC / WELLINGTON / TREVOR / NZPO / TS140S / 80 8: ZL2AVM / WELLINGTON / BOB / HK707 / TS520 / 100 7: ZL1AYN / MVL / BOB / J37 / IC7300 / 20
Not quite the numbers of Winter SKN, some calls missing in action. Good fun and interesting hearing stations on hand driven code.
Had problems with TVI on full power so had to keep a lid on the output (20W).
A lot of QRM from the JA contest up here. It got to the point in the latter half where it was difficult to tell JA fm ZL on the basis of strength. As always, a nice enjoyable hour away from the mad dash of hardcore contesting. GL to all. Will see you next time hopefully.
Enjoyable night, but a complete absence of VKs. Key clicks for at least 20kc either side of one station.
Every SKN I use a different key, and I haven’t run out yet. 🙂 This time it was my Navy Flameproof. I had attempted to use it during SKN a couple years ago, but I had the gap set too close, and it locked in the keyed state. These keys are quite complex mechanically and apparently need a little more gap to ensure they function smoothly. Seemed to work OK this time.
ZL2AGC (Senior Operator)
I am on level 13 of Wellington high rise. Half-size dipole on roof line. S7 local noise floor. Hard copy. I am 87 years old.
Thanks for all the work you put in to make SKN night such a success. I’ve attached my log. Some inaccuracies no doubt but it was good fun as always.
Another great SKN. Conditions were very good, all ZL sigs were strong but no VKs to be heard down here. There was another DX contest running but they were not causing any problems. I note that I worked exactly the same number of stations in the last SKN.
Enjoyed the event, having that many stations on showed the limits of the DSP of my FT897. While helpful at audio level, it doesn’t work that well with a few loud stations close to each other.
A bit of a muddle this time, band not helpful, and lots of QRM. I will have to put up a better ant for 80m.
One or two stations splattering. A FB time. Thanks.
Very impressed with the keying skill of all the operators I contacted.
Some chaps were not using the / data separators, so it was difficult to synch data entry to log sheet cells, at least for me. But a good experience. Thanks a lot for all the effort you put in.
Really enjoyed the SKN, and even managed to work you on my trusty old ITT marine key that I “salvaged” during my brief time on QE2.
Had a listen around during the contest but sun was still up here and no signals heard from ZL. (I also suffer with noise when the sun is up which doesn’t help). I am sure when summer is behind us events like this will work better from VK/ZL. Did hear at least one VK5 calling “CQ SKN”, so the information had got out there!
I checked out the contest on 80m but no contacts heard or made. Hope to catch you all in the winter SKN.