ARRL Staffers to be On the Air from W1AW for Straight Key Night

Craig/KL7H, reports that tomorrow night's (New Year's Eve) Nationwide ARES Net, Maybe the Net participants could enticed to grab their old J-38 keys (link: J-38 Keys ( and start cranking out dits and dahs after the Net is over.

Special Bulletin 16  ARLX016
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  December 30, 2020
To all radio amateurs

ARLX016 ARRL Staffers to be On the Air from W1AW for Straight Key

Members of the ARRL Headquarters staff will put W1AW on the air for
Straight Key Night (SKN). Set some time aside on New Year's Eve and
New Year's Day to take part in this annual ARRL tradition.

Information on Straight Key Night can be found at, .

SKN begins at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2021 (New Year's Eve in US time
zones) and wraps up at 2359 UTC. Not a contest, SKN is dedicated to
celebrating amateur radio's Morse code heritage. Bring out the
brass, get on the air, and enjoy casual CW contacts, preferably
using a straight key (hand key) or a semi-automatic key (bug).
Activity traditionally centers on CW segments in the HF bands (W1AW
will focus on 80, 40, and 20 meters).

Submit via email your SKN list of stations contacted and your votes
for "Best Fist" and "Most Interesting QSO" by January 31 to, .

Winter Field Day

W1AW to be on the Air for Winter Field Day

Are you interested in trying a winter Field Day.  MARA will be participating in Winter Field Day this year.  We are planning to setup at Finger Lake Campground off Bogard Road.  Contact our coordinator, Chris Hamman/KL5BF if you would like to participate.  We need a list of folks who want to get into the campground by 25 Jan. Operators will be setting up as individual stations in tents or campers.  Setup time will be 0800 and on the air by 1000.

Members of the Warren County (New York) Amateur Radio Club (W2WCR) will activate Maxim Memorial Station W1AW for Winter Field Day 2021 over the January 30 – 31 weekend. Winter Field Day is sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), which believes that emergency communication is important throughout the year. Winter Field Day is open to radio amateurs worldwide. The WFDA’s goal is to help enhance operating skills and to prepare participants for all environmental conditions. Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours. Station set-up may start no earlier than 1900 UTC on the day before the event and may not take any longer than 24 hours in total. Expect activity on all amateur bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters. All modes that can handle the required exchange are welcome; this does not include FT8. Entry categories include indoor, outdoor, and home.

Full details are on the Winter Field Day website.

Winter Field Day MARA Slide Presentation