January is Straight Key Month.
A straight key is a tool for sending Morse code characters. The ham radio operator operates the straight key by using the muscles in his or her arm, and to a lesser extent, the wrist and fingers. These Morse code characters by a real live human being. There are no computer generated dits and dahs (some folks may call them dots and dashes) when the ham radio operator is using a straight key. That is the beauty of a simple tool.
The Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) advocates and promotes the use of straight keys. They have designated January as Straight Key Month. All month-long hams who support SKCC will be on the air a little more frequently than usual, sending their radio signals using Morse code. The on-the-air activity will take place using the special call sign K3Y followed by a portable designation such as “/3”
Our own Cumberland Amateur Radio Club is honored to have one of our members participating in this event. Radio Station Operator John, WA3KCP will be operating some of the scheduled shifts using call sign K3Y/3. His shifts over the next few days are:
Friday January 13, 2023 from 1300 UTC to 1400 UTC. The equivalent local time is 8 am to 9 am
Friday January 13, 2023 from 2200 UTC to 2300 UTC. The equivalent local time is 5 pm to 6 pm
Tuesday January 17, 2023 at the same two time periods as listed above.
Friday January 20, 2023 at the same two time periods as listed above.
If you hear K3Y/3 on the air during those time slots it will be our friend John WA3KCP with his hand on the morse code straight key.
For more information about Straight Key Month please visit the Straight Key Century Club web site www.skccgroup.com
This link will take you directly to the Straight Key Month web page. https://www.skccgroup.com/k3y/k3y.php
For more information about the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club, located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, I invite you to visit our web site.
Andrew Forsyth Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Call Sign AF3I