|K1USN Radio Club
Members of the K1USN Radio Club, who are also members of the CW Operators’ Club (CWops), run a one-hour slow speed CW “contest,” called the SST.***US Daylight Savings Time (DST) ends Sunday Nov 5th, 2023 at 2AM***
For those who prefer a more leisurely CW pace or are new CW operators or contesters, this just might be what you're looking for!
SST UTC times do not change
Fridays 20:00-21:00 UTC: 3-4pm EST
Mondays 00:00-01:00 UTC: 7-8pm EST Sunday
|Request a K1USN SST Event Station QSO Certificate
We'll provide a one time K1USN QSO certificate in Adobe PDF format for your contact with K1USN during the SST.
We won't be providing a QSO certificate for each subsequent contact made with K1USN after this. Thank you for your SST participation.
The K1USN Radio Club is a founding member of the
The International CW Council (ICWC)
"The International CW Council (ICWC) comprised of representatives from CW clubs world-wide, promotes and aids in the retention and growth of International Morse Code as a mode of communication between amateur radio operators."
Please visit the ICWC website for more information
K1USN SST features
|Sign up for the K1USN SST Email list
|Helpful Website Links
|Questions? email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|K1USN SST RULES
|K1USN SST FAQ
CWops recognition award to the K1USN Radio Club for outstanding achievement in advancing the art of CW, May 2021.
SST (Slow Speed [Con]Test) History
**First K1USN SST September 14, 2020: Since then, SSTs – with their 20 WPM upper
speed limit – have been held weekly at 0000Z Mondays (Sunday evenings in NA).
(CWA) program has produced thousands of successful graduates who have gone on
to become everyday CW operators. Hundreds
of CWA grads have become CWops members after demonstrating their ability to
communicate in CW at speeds of 25 WPM and higher!
With help and encouragement from other CWops, including
CWops President Stew GW0ETF and Mac G3WZD, K1USN Radio Club added a second
weekly SST session starting Friday, February 5, 2021, from 2000 to 2100 UTC, in
hopes of attracting more EU participants.
Since then, the twice-weekly SSTs have often attracted a total of 200 or
more operators, according to 3830scores.com reports.
K1USN’s Slow Speed Tests are especially designed to encourage and assist those who signed up for CWA classes or joined in other programs, such as the online Morse Code sessions offered by Long Island CW Club, to learn CW or to improve their CW skills, but who are not yet comfortable at 25 WPM. SSTs also welcome all others who feel like “taking it slow and easy” once or twice per week, both for their own pleasure and to help others out. All of us old enough to remember our Novice days recall the rush of adrenalin and the sweaty grip on our J-38 (or Radio Shack) keys during our first CW QSOs. This is what it must feel like for today’s new CW operators as well.
The twice-weekly slow speed SSTs are also for operators who participate in regular CWT sessions, but only as S & P (Search and Pounce) entrants. The 20 WPM (and slower) SSTs help build confidence to find an open frequency and begin calling CQ, first in the SSTs and then in the more crowded and frenetic CWTs and other CW contests. Successfully crossing that CQing threshold is another real accomplishment!
We hope many SST participants become sufficiently comfortable with CW contesting to enjoy the higher speed CWT sessions, other big CW contests, and smaller local and regional QSO parties, using N1MM+ (or other) computer loggers, spotting networks, call history files, live online scoring, etc. But we welcome everybody to join in the SSTs whether high speed CW contesting is your goal or not, including new ops making their first attempts at completing a CW QSO. In addition to following SST’s 20 WPM upper speed limit (there is no lower speed limit), we ask all to be patient, supportive, and willing to slow down to assist another op in completing an SST QSO. Many of us have been delighted to learn afterwards that the operator we assisted in an SST was making his or her very first CW QSO, or the first after a long period of inactivity!
CWA recommends using electronic keyers and paddles, but if you are more comfortable with some other device, please feel free to join us in the SSTs using a straight key, cootie key, or bug. Unlike high speed contests, where QSO rate is king and a CQing/“running” station expects only the required exchange and confirms contacts with simply “dit” or “R,” the SST encourages sending brief friendly greetings to the other op, such as GA, GE, and 73. Friendliness is part of taking it slow and easy!
So please join us in the SSTs! All you need is an HF radio, an antenna, and the desire to become, and assist others to become, better CW operators!
For more info or questions about the SSTs, see the right column of this page or email us at:
SST: Slow Speed [Con]Test:
Normal Date and Times:
20:00-21:00 UTC Friday (3-4pm EST)
00:00-01:00 UTC Monday (Sunday 7-8pm EST)
**Note** - The 2021 updated scoring requires that you install the NEW ‘K1USN SST’ UDC file available from the N1MM+ UDC website
Documents/N1MM Logger+/UserDefined Contests/
N1MM Logger+ provides some online instructions:
Installing and Upgrading N1MM Logger+
The N1MM Logger+ UDC instructions
NEW for 2021: Several screen shots using N1MM Logger+ with the new 2021 K1USN SST UDC:
New for 2021: N1MM+ Logger Call History File
Based on numerous requests, we now have a call history file for N1MM+.