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Re: Query for OSCAR SKN Participants,



I agree with this.  SKN is what it is called, Straight Key Night.  It should
be kept that way.  I still have my J-38 key and keep it for that purpose.
If we move to other modes of sending CW then it is no longer SKN.  Only
the day of the year would be called SKN which would no longer be correct.

Dale/KL7XJ
AMSAT 30600

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Mock" <kd6pag@qsl.net>
To: <w2rs@arrl.net>
Cc: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 8:38 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Query for OSCAR SKN Participants,


>I think SKN should just be straight key.  If ARRL wants to hold a 
>mechanical
> key night, that's fine; they should call it that.  We do lots of 
> innovation
> here, so i think it's our duty to keep to tradition (for a change).
>
> Furthermore, most folks can't send as fast with a straight key as with a 
> bug,
> and therefore, SKN gives code neophytes a chance to get started in a new 
> mode
> on the birds (which the ARRL 'innovation' might discourage).  CW is a good
> mode on the birds especially when conditions aren't favorable for voice or
> other modes.  I suspect that the kind of CW that would work well under 
> such
> conditions would not be the super-fast kind...  I'm sure i won't be able
> handle those kinds of contacts, and isn't this night seeking the 'best 
> fist'?
>
> Let's keep SKN just for straight keys.
>
>        -- KD6PAG
>
>
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