K3Y is ON THE AIR! I'm ready for some K3Y/8 operations (see the Straight Key Century Club and the annual Straight Key Month special event, K3Y, here: https://skccgroup.com/k3y/k3y.php). The special event, K3Y, is active all of January (every year). Starting on January 2nd, SKCC members around the world will be operating special event CW stations using only straight key, bug and cootie keys. These three key types are the original instruments of early radiotelegraphy, which this event celebrates. This is our 16th Straight Key Month event and the 16th anniversary of SKCC. Official event stations in US jurisdictions will operate from 13 regional call areas using call signs K3Y/0 through K3Y/9, plus K3Y/KH6, K3Y/KL7 and K3Y/KP4. Additionally, SKCC members from various countries in six IARU continental regions will participate as special event station. The Straight Key Century Club is the most active group of mechanical-key Morse code radiotelegraph operators in the world. Founded in January 2006, we have thousands of members around the globe. What is really great is that all skill levels are welcome, and represented. You don't have to be fast, or experienced. There is room for anyone interested in radio telegraphy with mechanical keys. There are many K3Y volunteer operators, active across the world, making possible this celebration and memorial of non-electronic, manual Morse code communication on amateur radio spectrum during every January. You are invited to participate, either as a non-member, or as a member. Membership is free, so if you are interested, do check out the SKCC group website for details on how to join up for free. In any case, you can participate in the special event, K3Y. The full details are at the K3Y Event page. Note the special chat webpage, for live details on current operations on the air, I'm joyful at the opportunity of meeting you on the shortwave bands. May the sunspots bring us great DX over the next few days and weeks! 73 from SKCC Nr.4758s - de NW7US dit dit ..