The annual ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN) is not considered a contest; it is “dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage”. For 24 hours beginning on Jan. 1 0000 UTC (New Year’s Eve for those in the US) until 2359 UTC, hams are encouraged to go on air and make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. No points are awarded, no fast exchanges, no sequential serial numbers–just get on the air and send CW for the fun and joy of it.
Dan, N1ND, outlined the full details:
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The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 (HR 3630) includes a provision about an amateur radio study to be conducted by the FCC. The Senate passed this bill on Saturday, Dec. 17 with amendments and it previously passed the House on Dec. 13 (vote details). ARRL has said that they long sought after such a study.
In the bill, Title IV, Sec. 4205 states that the FCC will study the uses and capabilities of amateur radio service communications in emergencies and disaster relief. This study will be submitted to committees in the House and Senate. Details of the study include:
On an afternoon in Montana, a chance encounter on 10 meters has Tomas, NW7US involved in an amazing story. He tells this story and how this experience along with amateur radio means to him.
His story: What Amateur Radio Means To Me
Perhaps we can all reflect how amateur radio has affected us, enriched our lives, or allowed us to make new friends.
Thank you to all club members who participated in bringing toys for the Salvation Army. These toys were picked up to be distributed to children who were not chosen from the Angel trees. We all have made a significant contribution.
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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
Here is the full text and an audio version with no music to play on air.
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