Straight Key Night

Held every January 1 from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC.

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This 24-hour event is not a contest; rather it is a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. The use of straight keys or bugs to send CW is preferred. There are no points scored and all who participate are winners.

    All authorized Amateur frequencies, but activity has traditionally been centered on the HF bands.

   Entries for Straight Key Night must be received by January 31. Votes for ‘Best Fist’ and “Most Interesting QSO” will be tabulated and included in the results.

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or by mail to

ARRL Straight Key Night
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111