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US Call Districts
0 - Russ, K0LUW
1 - Pete, N1ABS
2 - Drew, AF2Z
3 - Jim, AF3Z
4 - Wes, W1LIC
5 - Dana, AD5VC
6 - Kelsey, KK6AW
7 - Brian, K7TKT
8 - Ted, K8AQM
9 - Dan, W9DLN
KH6 - Kelsey, KK6AW
KL7 - Brian, K7TKT
KP4 - Julio, NP3CW
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K3Y is a month-long operating event held each January to celebrate the use of hand-formed Morse radiotelegraphy. It commences on Jan. 2nd, immediately following the ARRL's longstanding Straight Key Night event. January 2014 will mark the eighth anniversary of the Straight Key Century Club's founding.
K3Y provides a unique opportunity for any US-based SKCC member to operate on the air using the K3Y special-event call sign. DX members also may participate as special-event stations using their own call signs. Please see the separate guide for K3Y DX operators. A link to it appears in the navigation column at left.
You can download a PDF of this operator's guide here to use as a reference at your operating desk.
SKCC Members in the US who wish to operate as K3Y special event stations should contact their Regional Coordinators in order to schedule an operating time slot. The terms of usage for the special call sign require that no more than one operator in each US call-sign area be allowed to use the special event call sign at any given time.
A K3Y regional coordinator is assigned to each US call-sign district. The coordinator is responsible for scheduling your operating times and processing your log files. Please contact the coordinator for the region from which you will be operating. Email addresses are listed in the navigation column at left.
The operating schedule is maintained on the SKCC Event Calendar, found here.
All times and dates are in UTC/GMT. (For example, Friday 01:00 UTC would be Thursday evening local time in the US.)
You can browse the event schedule for unassigned time slots in your call area. Then notify your area coordinator of any open slots you would like to fill. The earlier you request a time slot the better your chances are of getting it. If you find that you cannot keep a previously scheduled time, please notify your coordinator as soon as possible so that he or she can free it for others to use.
You also may be able to make immediate scheduling requests by contacting Ron AC2C or Randy KB4QQJ. Please first check with your area coordinator to see if this service is available. If so, and should you suddenly find yourself with some free operating time when your coordinator is not available, Ron or Randy may be able to get you signed up on very short notice.
Ron, AC2C, can be reached at email@example.com
Randy, KB4QQJ, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have requested an operating-time slot you should receive a confirmation email from your coordinator. Remember, you must be listed on the K3Y schedule page in order to operate at any particular time; if you are not on the schedule you are not permitted to operate with the special-event call sign!
As a courtesy to the Coordinator please include the following information in your scheduling requests so that he will not have to look it up:
Call sign Name State SKCC number
As a special-event operator you will use the call sign assigned to your particular area: K3Y/0, K3Y/1, etc. plus K3Y/KH6, K3Y/KL7, K3Y/KP4. All contacts must be made using a straight key, bug, or side-swiper.
Here are some recommendations for on-air procedures:
-- A standard 2x2 call is generally recommended: CQ CQ de K3Y/2 K3Y/2 K. Please do not send the directed call CQ SKCC as that may discourage non-SKCC members from replying. A shorter 1x1 call can be used during busy times. Please use your own judgment.
-- Please include the following minimum information in your on-air exchange: RST, QTH, NAME, and SKCC NUMBER. The exchange can be made more or less "wordy" depending on your preference or how busy you are. The bare minimum would be, for example: 599 NJ Drew SKCC 2082T. It is suggested that you explicitly include the SKCC in the exchange. This gives SKCC an on-air presence and helps to inform non-members who may be listening in.
-- You can direct non-members to the SKCC and K3Y website by sending "see skccgroup dot com" or "see QRZ dot com."
-- You are required to send your own call sign at least once per hour. Many K3Y ops mention their personal calls as part of every QSO.
-- Operation on 60m is NOT permitted.
-- In the interest of providing the widest possible coverage please do not run QRP as a K3Y Operator unless that is the limit of your station capability. QRP stations are entirely welcome, and desired, to be part of K3Y. But restricting your coverage by reducing output power is counter to the goal of the event. We want to give everyone the best possible chance of hearing and contacting as many K3Y operators as possible.
-- Please keep in mind this is not a contest but a special event. You may operate the special-event call sign on the WARC bands except when participating in sprints or contests.
-- Operators may work repeat callers (dupes) if they like but must at all times give preference to new callers. Again, we want to give everyone a fair chance of working as many different K3Y operators as possible. Dupe contacts are not reflected in the stats.
-- While operating please consider logging in to the K3UK SKCC Sked page at:
Then type your K3Y call into the Status box at the top of the page, like this: =K3Y/2. That will let everyone clearly know that you are the K3Y station in your area. You need not feel obligated to field requests or engage in banter on the Sked page while you are operating.
K3Y operators must maintain a log of all their contacts. Logs should be in ADIF format and should contain at least the following fields: Date; Time; Call sign; Band; Mode; Name; RST Sent; RST Rcvd (The ADIF tags for these fields are QSO_DATE; TIME_ON; CALL; BAND; MODE; NAME; RST_SENT; RST_RCVD).
Some coordinators will accept logs in other formats, but ADIF is preferred for ease of processing of the many thousands of contacts that will be made during the event. There are a number of free logging programs available that are suitable for this purpose. Several programs written by SKCC members are available here:
You should send your log file to your area Coordinator as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours of operating. This will get your contacts into the master log with minimum delay and will reduce the number of inquiries that must be handled by Coordinators from members who are anxious to confirm their "stats".
All dates and times must be logged in UTC or GMT.
Please include your call sign and the date of the most recent QSO as part of the log's filename. (For example: "AF2Z-12.adi" for a Jan. 12th log from AF2Z.)
If you work another K3Y op you should make sure to obtain and log his personal call sign as well. This will ensure that he receives personal credit in the K3Y Log and stats for his contact with you. He should do the same for you.
If you find you have made a mistake or omission in any of your submitted log entries please contact your area coordinator. He will assist you in correcting them and resubmitting the log file.
Please keep a back-up copy of your log file(s).
An official K3Y QSL card will be available to anyone who works at least one K3Y station. The card will list one QSO per each US call district worked (including KH6, KL7 and KP4), plus each continental DX area (AF, AS, EU, NA, OC, SA): up to a maximum of nineteen QSOs for a complete worldwide “sweep” card
Cards will be distributed automatically to anyone who is a member of the SKCC QSL Bureau. Those who are not bureau members may request a K3Y QSL card by submitting a SASE, indicating their callsign and "K3Y 2014" on the envelope. More info on the SKCC QSL Bureau can be found at:
You can, of course, do your own QSLing as well. The contacts you make as a K3Y operator can be used for various SKCC awards, although these generally require that you have also exchanged your personal call sign during the contact.
Thank you for serving as a special-event station during this year's anniversary celebration!