Announcing a new on air operating event: Silent Key Night Ron Jones K7RJ Beginning midnight, April 1 till the bands are dead will be an opportunity to resurrect those long lost contacts and reconnect to the old timers who have gone QRT. In the spirit of ham radio let’s get on the air and see how many of the old timers we can raise. Use any medium such as CW, Phone, or séance. You may want to use an antenna that has a strong vertical signal and point the antenna up toward the heavens, or, depending on which silent key operator you work, you may want the reverse radiation pattern. If you hear a distant, ghostly sound, it may be one of the old time silent key operators buried in a pileup. This may be the perfect excuse you need to try to resurrect one of your dead rigs. Don’t pass away an opportunity to operate from a field such as in a cemetery or a local morgue. But plan ahead. If your batteries die, this will indeed be a grave situation. Score: One point per silent key contact. One half point for each “ghost contact” (That is where you think you worked them but weren’t really sure). Bonus: 1000 bonus points for working The Old Man himself. You qualify for a special certificate if you yourself are a silent key. Doesn’t be a deadbeat; join the fun on Silent Key Night, where the bands will be alive.