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Every January 1st there is a fun filled evening of laid back, “no pressure” CW (Morse Code) operating using a simple “Straight Key” to key your transmitter without the aid of added electronics to perform the speed and spacing of your sent letters and numbers. This isn’t a contest! It is designed for fun sending CW the “old fashioned” way. The object is to simply enjoy sending and reading Morse Code. There are numerous configurations and sizes of straight keys and a jaunt down any ham radio flea market aisle will often give you quite a few options for a great purchase!
Here is a video example of the annual Straight Key Night experience. MIKROWAVE1 explains and actually makes CW contacts with other amateur radio operators enjoying the annual event. (Below the video, look for some pictures of several types of straight keys you might find as a bargain to add to your own ham radio station!
Here are some pictures of various CW (Morse Code) keyers. You can grab several to use for contesting or just simple rag-chewing. Some hams actually collect various types of keys!
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