Founded, January 2006
12,160 members strong
(as of 4/9/2014)
The Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) is the fastest growing group of mechanical-key CW operators in the world. First organized in January 2006, our club has grown rapidly to include thousands of members from all corners of the globe.
Here's how it works:
-- Membership is free.
-- SKCC numbers are issued for life. Once you get it, it's yours.
-- Exchange SKCC numbers using a straight key, bug, or side swiper.
You can find the details of our key policy here.
To receive an SKCC number, click on the Request SKCC Number link at left. If you are helping someone who wants to join but doesn't use email, download a snail-mail application here.
Then check out our CW Beginner's Corner page. It has plenty of basic information about CW operations that will help turn those first CW QSOs from jitters to joy.
And if you want personalized, on-air help, check out our Morse Elmers page. You'll find contact information for members who have volunteered to serve as CW mentors. Drop one an email to set up an on-air schedule.
Or just visit the club's sked page, hosted by K3UK. You'll see a list of members logged in and can use the page's messaging functions to reach a member to arrange an on-air contact.
You have lots of help available to you as you become more adept at using the original instant-messaging mode! You'll find links to the Beginner's and Elmer pages in the navigation column at left under Getting Started. The link to the Sked Page appears under SKCC Community.
Curt Myers, WA2JSG, has volunteered to manage the SKCC's Monthly Brag activity after his predecessor, Brian Forney, K7TKT, asked to step down. Brian made the move after realizing that in his various ham-radio rolls, he was spending more time with administrative work than with his radios on the air. The club sends its deepest thanks to Brian for his smooth stewardship of the award over the past three years. And Thanks to Curt for stepping forward to fill the vacancy!
You can reach Curt via email. You'll find his address on the Monthly Brag page as well as on the Leadership/Support Team page. You'll find links to these pages in the navigation column at left.
Congratulations to Hall of Fame inductees Russ Halber, K0LUW, David Burk, K9AAA, and Ted Rachwal, K8AQM, who have been named to the Hall for their sustained, behind-the-scenes service to the Straight Key Century Club. In addition, congratulations to Stan Mangin, ZL2BLQ, and Walt Masi, LW3EX, our newest Honor Roll inductees, for keeping alive the traditions of CW operation through their on-air participation in club events and becoming top operators for the club.
For more details, see the Hall of Fame and Honor Roll pages here on the club website. You'll find links to these pages in the navigation column at left under Awards.
The Straight Key Century Club will be out in force again at this year's Dayton Hamvention, which runs May 16-18. Ron, AC2C, has reserved a table for the club. Ted, K8AQM, once again has volunteered his laptop and keys. Curt, WA2JSG, will supply some printed wallpaper. Scott, N3JJT, will be the on-site coordinator for the club's presence there.
All we need now are volunteers to staff the table. Time slots are available in one-hour blocks. We need at least two people for each time slot. We'll have brochures to hand out and a couple of keys to play with. All SKCC members attending Dayton are invited to take part in the group photo we'll take on Saturday. That and other photos will be posted on the club website. If you have any questions feel free to contact Scott. You'll find his email address on QRZ.com. Most important, a sign-up sheet for shifts is available in the files section of the SKCC's SKCC Yahoo Group. Come join the fun and spread the work about the joy of hand-crafted Morse code!
K3UK's site, in the navigation column at left under Community, is the hottest thing going for setting up skeds with other SKCC members. But with more than 11,000 members out there, you can bet there are more members on the air at any given moment than the K3UK Sked Page regulars. To cast a wider net, try these two sites:
Both sites compare reverse-beacon data on who is calling CQ against various ham-club rosters to let you know who is on the air. The SKCC is included in each site's list of clubs. Hamjitsu filters the entries by band and provides SKCC numbers. PA4N's page also filters by band, as well as skimmer continent, CW speed, and other criteria. It gives no SKCC number for members, but you can find those by using the member-search function at the top of this page. Happy hunting!
The next SKS-E starts in: 2014-5-1 19:00:00 GMT+00:00
You can find the April results here.
This month, we're acknowledging members who also have been elected to the ARRL's A1 Operators Club. At last count, the SKCC has 552 A1 Ops among its ranks. For information on the A1 Operators program, you can read all about it here.
For details on the bonus points and a link to the latest list of SKCC members who are A1 Operators, plus a final remainder about May's WES, visit the event's page on the club website. You'll find a link to it in the navigation column at left, under Activities.
You can find the results for March's Weekend Sprintathon here.
The next WES starts in: 2014-4-12 12:00:00 GMT+00:00
The next SKS starts in: 2014-4-23 00:00:00 GMT+00:00
You can find the March results here.
Many SKCC'ers have asked for a simple, convenient way to schedule QSOs with other members -- without having to learn or install new software. So, Andy, K3UK, #1325, and Joe, N8FQ, put their creative heads together and developed a simple,web-based scheduling utility for SKCC members. This is a FUN and FRIENDLY place. New members and beginners are encouraged to join in the fun too! No commands to learn, no Mickey Mousing around with new software. The system simply asks you to provide some basic info about yourself and, presto, you get a list of all SKCC members looking for some cw fun! Can't get any easier than that! Nice job guys! Go to the K3UK Sked Page link under SKCC Community at left.
Looking for SKCC related software? Download club related software free. Programs like W5ZR's SKCC Awards tracker. If you are a software author and have club or CW related programs to contribute, please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org See the Files and downloads under Member services at left.
We have all faced the daunting task of firing-up the radio for that first CW contact. Now you can take that shaky, uncertain hand and turn it into a confident, firm fist with the help of our group of SKCC Morse Code Elmers. Simply click on the Morse Elmers link at left, choose from the list of Elmers, send him or her an email requesting a sked, and before you know it you'll be enjoying the thrill of sending and receiving solid CW. The SKCC Elmer Manager is Jeff K9JP.
Condsider supporting the Halfway House for Keys program, run by a group of hams led by Michael Aretsky, N6MQL, SKCC 5051. The program provides free or very-low-cost straight keys, bugs, and cootie keys to young, newly licensed amateur radio operators who have shown an interest in using CW. The goal of the group is to keep Morse code alive and working on the air. All recipients are required to use their donated keys for at least one hour a week on the air, not just with a practice oscillator. They also are required to meet minimum guidelines to receive a key.
If you would like to donate a spare straight key, bug, or cootie key in any condition, or if you have keys' parts you would like to donate, Mike's group would be very grateful for your contribution. Keys and spare parts can go directly to Mike at:
N6MQL Halfway House for
5543 Tierra Gardens Lane
Carmichael, CA 95608
If you have no keys to spare, cash works. You can donate directly though PayPal at email@example.com. All of the money collected pays for parts that have not been donated or for postage, which we pay if a recipient can't pay for it. NONE of the money is kept by the Halfway House members for personal use.
If you have any questions about the program, would like to donate a key or parts, or would like to be considered as a reciepient for key donation, please do not hesitate to email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So now you've joined SKCC, you have your mechanical sending device, radios, antennae, and other station accessories. But do you have the SKCC "look"? Here are some gift ideas you might think about when gift-giving/receiving time arrives. Why not stop by some of the vendors who are providing SKCC-related gear and do a little virtual window shopping?
For an SKCC name badge, stop by the SignMan of Baton Rouge, purveyor of the SKCC badge shown at left. If you're interested in pinning one on your shirt pocket, you can order an SKCC badge here.
If embroidered hats are your thing, visit Asterid's Embroidery and Quilts for a look at some au courant SKCC chapeaus! If you've got hair, complement it with a like-colored hat. If you don't have hair, well, protect that dome! Finally, for items ranging from mugs and water bottles for hiking or biking, to, shall we say, unique garments, visit Cafe Press.