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:
When participating in SKN instead of sending RST before sending the signal report send the letters SKN, to indicate your participation, and to clue in passers-by who may be listening that SKN is going strong. After SKN, send the Contest Branch a list of stations worked, plus your vote for the best fist you heard (it doesn’t have to be one you worked). Also, include your vote for the most interesting QSO you had or monitored.
Send any stories, comments, electronic logs of stations worked, along with any interesting photos of your SKN adventure to the Contest Branch at email@example.com. Also include your votes for “Best Fist” and “Most Interesting QSO.” Pictures and comments from last year’s event is in the ARRL Contest Online Soapbox.
Any paper logs can be sent via postal mail to:
Straight Key Night
225 Main St
Newington, CT 06111
All entries must be submitted no later than 0000 UTC on February 1, 2012. More information can be found on the ARRL SKN page.