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Welcome to FISTS CW Club

FISTS supports the use, preservation and education of Morse code.  The club is devoted exclusively to CW operators, CW operating and people who are passionate about Morse code.


NYE 320-001 Straight Key from Dennis K6DF's collection.  Click to go to a larger picture We have three straightforward goals:
  • Further the use of CW (Morse Code)
  • Engender friendships among members
  • Encourage newcomers to use CW (Morse Code)

FISTS UK is the Headquarters of the FISTS Club (International Morse Preservation Society).
Bencher BY-1 Paddle from Dennis K6DF's collection.  Click to go to a larger picture
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  • 03 Sep 15: HI HI: LOL of the 19th century?

    An article LOL in the age of the telegraph by Lauren Collister, Electronics Publications Associate at University of Pittsburgh, on THE CONVERSATION website, looks at short forms and abbreviations used in the early days of Morse to make messages as concise as possible - a predecessor to today's textspeak.

    (Source: Southgate Amateur Radio News.)
  • 02 Sep 15: The August 2015 FISTS CW Club Down Under newsletter is now publicly available.  Topics include:
    • Member profile - Bob VK2BTJ #14187
    • Pixie 40m transceiver kit
    • New member - Mike ZL4OL #14190
    • FISTS awards
    • Down to earth - an effective ground mat
    • A homebrew paddle
    FISTS Down Under is the Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the FISTS CW Club.  If you are a current FISTS Member and would like a copy of the September newsletter, please send an email to FISTS Down Under link text.
  • 02 Sep 15: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe's Ladder sessions: Sun 13 September 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.

    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.
    Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 02 Sep 15: FISTS CW Club Americas G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest starts on Friday 4th September 23:00 UTC and runs until Sunday 6th September 23:00 UTC.

    Bands are: 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, and 10m.  Call "CQ FS".  The exchange is:
    RST, U.S. state/Canadian province/DXCC country, first name, FISTS number (or power output for non-FISTS).

    Members worldwide are invited to participate.

    For N1MM contest logger users, a User Defined Contest (UDC) file is available.  Go to the N1MM website, choose "FILES" then "User Defined Contests (UDC)" and look for the file G3ZQSmem.zip (can be used for Sprints despite the name).  A FISTS Call History File is also available.  Thanks to Les G4OGB for providing the UDC file.
  • 02 Sep 15: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    RichardG0ILN#398 Gold Century
    MilanOK1KW#4827 Millionaire 11, 12, & 13 Million Endorsements
    RobZL1CV#9633 Rag Chewers
    IanZL2AIM#9683 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement, Rag Chewers
    MikeG0POT#9875 Basic Century, 1 X QRP
    AeilkoPA3GBK#16226 Millionaire, Silver Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Sep 15: Scheunemann Morsetasten releases new version of Einhebel single lever paddle.  From the Morse Express website:
    The new version has separate lever tension adjustment for left and right movement like the flagship Morse Dirigent.  Most operators will want the left and right motions to feel exactly the same, and in order to do that you have to set slightly heavier tension on the left or thumb side, because the thumb is stronger than the fingers, Precision factory adjustment of the self-centering mechanism makes this outstanding single lever paddle capable of sustained high- speed operatio.

    Schurr/Scheunemann paddles and keys have always been supplied without a plug.  We have shielded 1/8" and 1/4" stereo plugs available, and for a nominal fee we will install a plug on the cable for you.  Be sure to let us know how how you want it wired!

    SM-1022 Einhebel 3 Single Paddle $329.95 http://www.MorseExpress.com/scheun
  • 01 Sep 15: GHD is making bug keys again!  From the Morse Express website:
    After a few years without a semi-automatic "bug" key in the GHD lineup.  It is great to see that the Japanese keymaker has brought a new one to the market.  Telegraph Key made a real name for itself as a maker of bugs (semi-automatic keys).  Earlier GHD bugs had a terrific reputation, and it is great to see that GHD has brought a new one to the market.

    The new GN206S semi-automatic bug is amazing.  It weighs just over a kilogram (2-1/4 Lbs) and has GHD's signature chrome finish.  In operation the light feel of this bug makes it a joy to work with.  And unlike any other bug on the market you can reverse the 206S it for left-handed operation!  All of this at a surprisingly reasonable price:

    GH-GN206S Semi-automatic (Bug) Key  $299.95 http://www.morsex.com/ghd/#bugs
  • 01 Sep 15: For the Fall of 2015, N3ZN Keys has introduced all new colors and color combinations.

    Shown in the photograph is the popular ZN-SLR single lever paddle.  New colors shown are Silver Metallic with ClearCoat and Gold Metallic with ClearCoat.  These colors are available on round base models only.

    Fingerpieces are available in red, blue, or black carbon fiber.
  • 01 Sep 15: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following August 2015 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.  See the Activity Calendar web page for details on sending in FISTS Eu activity logs.

    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details of sending in logs for it.
  • 30 Aug 15: The new QRPme (USA) Limerick Paddles with built in PicoKeyer kit is a quick build kit employing 'Limerick' style construction.

    It was developed as a Buildathon kit for the NEQRP Buildathon at the 2015 New England Regional Convention.

    Limerick style construction was developed by W1REX as a form of Manhattan style construction where the pads and traces are all preformed using commercial pcb fabrication techniques including a full solder mask and silk screen but without the drilled holes for components.  In essence, a surface mount board for through hole components.
  • 29 Aug 15: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    YasJH1KMC#15159 AndreKC0MMY#17361 RogerG8UNP#17432
    NamiJM1ATF#15160 PhillipW5PTT#17362 ChristianDG5BKA#17433
    HiroJK1WDF#15161 WilliamKJ4YKX#17363 AlanG3SLS#17435
    MicJI1XJB#15162 RonAG5DX#17364 LesG0DFC#17436
    ByronWN4R#17348 DanK9IBM#17365 JohnG0MST#17437
    RichardAD5LX#17349 BradKE4XJ#17366 BobM6WFR#17438
    SergKB3VCQ#17350 LymanK9LZJ#17367 AndyDL7ASL#17439
    JosephKE5HYA#17351 DaveAE4QQ#17368 DaveM0SAT#17440
    MichaelKK7KP#17352 ChetNS0O#17369 ChrisM0ZLK#17441
    DaleAA9TY#17353 HaroldKI6TYH#17370 RoyG0LIA#17442
    RonaldW5MPY#17354 RonDL5CL#17425 AlanG1EFU#17443
    DannyKB0DD#17355 PaulM0VRW#17426 NoelG4PEW#17444
    RonaldK0KWN#17356 PaulM0CAH#17427 RonaldG0TLA#17445
    PowellKI4SII#17357 AdamM0ZLH#17428 Paul2E0PKK#17446
    CarlN8DWN#17358 TaffGSWL30#17429 LucaIK3VUT#17447
    RichardKW4JG#17359 Kevin2M0KVM#17430 MikeG0JHK#17448
    RickKA8BMA#17360 DaveM0WEL#17431 Newton-le-Willows Amateur Radio Club (NLWARC)MX0NRC#17450
  • 29 Aug 15: FISTS CW Club will be at the Telford HamFest (UK) on Sunday 6th September 2015, so please come and say hello.

    The doors open at 10:30am and maps etc. are available from the Telford HamFest website.
  • 29 Aug 15: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Fifth Sunday Activity on Sunday 30 August, 13:00-17:00 UTC.

    This is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).
    Note: you can contact the same station more than once provided it is on different bands.

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 17 Aug 15: Idiom Press, particularly well known for its Logikey & CMOS series of CW keyers and SCAF-1 filter, is for sale and is no longer accepting orders.  Proprietor Rob Locher, W7GH, writes on the website:
    Idiom Press is for sale, and we are suspending normal operations.  New orders will not be accepted. Customers with existing orders will be contacted by email.

    To all our customers and friends, thank you for your business and your support.

    73 from Rob Locher, W7GH
  • 13 Aug 15: Kits and Parts dot Com (W8DIZ) has introduced "The 1Watter", a 20 meter QRPp Transceiver kit for $44.

    It's designed for 1 Watt output on 20 meters using 12 VDC.  VXO Frequency Range is approximately 14.057 to 14.061 kHz.  Full QSK, Dual Conversion Design.  Includes built in keyer IC.

    This transceiver was designed for home and portable operation.  The name of this radio is "The One Watter" or "1Watter".  The Xcvr has low noise and is very sensitive and selective.  The VXO covers both sides of the standard 20 meter QRP calling frequency.  The PCB size is only 2.5" (63.5 mm) by 3.8" (96.5 mm).
  • 08 Aug 15: The FISTS Brasspounder August 2015 newsletter has just been published.  Brasspounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.
     
  • 06 Aug 15: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe's Ladder sessions: Sun 9 August 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.

    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.
    Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 05 Aug 15: The PFR-3B three band QRP CW Transceiver Kit is an updated version of the PFR-3 from Pacific Antenna.  The PFR-3B contains a rotary encoder for tuning and other minor changes to improve the performance.

    The transceiver is VFO-controlled and covers 40m, 30m and 20m.  It provides 5 Watts of CW and includes a built-in keyer, SWR indicator and balanced line tuner.
  • 01 Aug 15: The July 2015 Key Note is now available to all current FISTS CW Club members.

    Please visit this link to get your copy:
    https://fists.co.uk/members/members.aspx

    Any problems with passwords etc., PLEASE send an email to Graham G3ZOD link text

    Items in this issue include:
    • NARSA Norbreck Rally, Blackpool 2015.
    • Breathing life into an icon: the FT-101.
    • The Instructograph.
    • Ahhhhh ... OXO.
    • Sounders and American Morse.
    • G0HUZ and Maritime Mobile.
    • Book review: The Radio Officer's War.
    • And it's about time...
    • A Go-Box for my FT-817.
    ... and more besides!
  • 04 Aug 15: Karl Zuege KB1DSB, FISTS CW Club Americas Chapter President, has decided to retire from his duties as of Aug 1, 2015.  The Americas Chapter Board of Directors express our thanks to him for all the hard work he has done for the chapter over the last year and a half and wish him good health and good DX in his retirement.

    As of Aug 1st 2015, Dennis Franklin K6DF will be "Acting" Americas Chapter President.  In the months ahead, the Board will search for a permanent replacement for President, continue to expand the membership, and work to increase participation on the CW bands.

    All changes to the FISTS Americas Chapter all volunteer team can be found on the Americas website page:
    http://www.fistsna.org/contact.html

    73, Dennis K6DF
    FISTS CW Club
  • 04 Aug 15: The July 2015 FISTS Down Under newsletter is now publicly available.

    FISTS Down Under is the Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the FISTS CW Club.  If you are a current FISTS Member and would like a copy of the August newsletter, please send an email to FISTS Down Under link text.
  • 04 Aug 15: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    PeterM5ABN#6423 Millionaire 3 Million Endorsement, Spectrum 40m
    Phil2E0DPH#14543 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 02 Aug 15: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following July 2015 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.  See the Activity Calendar web page for details on sending in FISTS Eu activity logs.

    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details of sending in logs for it.
  • 30 Jul 15: UK amateurs: The closing date for comments on the RSGB 2016 Contests White Paper, which will determine the changes to be incorporated in the rules for 2016 RSGB contests (7th August) is rapidly approaching.  If you have any comments to make, please make them by then.  The White Paper, which includes the e-mail address to which comments should be returned, is available here.
  • 30 Jul 15: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    MikeZL4LO#14190 LenK9LJ#17336 PeterGW0VLN#17412
    TakaJP3CGJ#15157 JohnWQ2E#17337 TrevM0TPX#17413
    AkioJH1MHM#15158 JoeKH7AX#17338 AshM0KAU#17414
    JonKB0LQJ#17325 LanceAF5WT#17339 SteveM0SHM#17415
    MattNM9O#17326 RaymondWF7BSR#17340 DaveM0ZDM#17416
    TomK8TOM#17327 DarrellAF5FX#17341 PeterON6KZ#17417
    KyleK6QQQ#17328 JoeAD0X#17342 JimG4DKQ#17418
    HarryK3HK#17329 GaryW8PU#17343 ThomasDL2IC#17419
    DennisKF5YGL#17330 JohnWB5TVK#17344 Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Amateur RSM0OCT#17420
    BobK3ZGA#17331 GregKB4VVE#17345 BrianG6HUI#17421
    GlennK2GAR#17332 TerryN0TW#17346 SimonM0SYS#17422
    DickW7XT#17333 ClayK3NGV#17347 John2M0LAW#17423
    DouglasAI6JQ#17334 SimonM6SJX#17410 MikeGSWL29#17424
    MichaelN5XTH#17335 HajoDL1SDZ#17411    
  • 23 Jul 15: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe's Ladder sessions: Sun 26 July 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.

    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.
    Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 18 Jul 15: At Dayton 2015, American Morse Equipment introduced its new Camelback Key.

    The AME Camelback Straight Key emulates the classic camelback design with modern features:
    • Ball Race Bearings.
    • Rare Earth Magnet Return.
    • Nickel Contacts.
    • MIL-spec Anodized Aircraft Grade Aluminum.
    • Stainless Steel and Brass Hardware.
    • Exotic Hardwood Base.
    The precision machining and modern materials allow for a straight key with amazingly smooth and precise action.  The ball bearings provide nearly frictionless motion with seemingly zero play.  The extremely strong neodymium rare earth magnet provides return force from zero to very heavy.  The weighted hardwood base adds to the solid feel and keeps the key planted. The AME Camelback comes fully assembled with choice of available hardwoods, currently African Paduc, Walnut, or Maple.
  • 17 Jul 15: Jackson Harbor Press (Chuck WB9KZY) has introduced the Grandson of Zerobeat kit, an update of the original Son of Zerobeat kit.

    Grandson of Zerobeat has 9 LEDs which graphically indicate the frequency of a received CW audio tone.  Adjust your transceiver's frequency until the two center green LEDs light up and you are within +/- 10 Hz of zero beat with the transmitting station.
    • one pot audio detector setting.
    • board size 2.1 by 1.7 inches.
    • offset frequency setable from 400 to 1200 Hz with a switch press.
    • default offset frequency is 600 Hz.
    • all board mounted parts including machine pin sockets come with kit.
    • just add your metal enclosure, +12V power jack, audio jack and switch to complete the kit.
  • 11 Jul 15: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe's Ladder sessions: Sun 12 July 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.

    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.
    Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 08 Jul 15: The Marine Radio Historical Society (MRHS) will hold its annual "Night of Nights" event, in which historic maritime CW stations such as KPH and WLO return to the air for a few hours on July 13 UTC (July 12 in US time zones) along with some US Coast Guard stations.  The event commemorates the days when coast and shipboard station operators transmitted their message traffic via Morse code.

    A pair of Amateur Radio stations - K6KPH and W4WLO - will be active on CW as well, and QSL cards will be sent to those who copy the text of the maritime stations' CW signals or work the ham stations.

    The maritime stations shut down in the late 1990s, but the MRHS has resurrected KPH and attempts to preserve the history of the era.

    (Source: ARRL website news)
  • 08 Jul 15: The FISTS Brasspounder July 2015 newsletter has just been published.  Brasspounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.
     
  • 07 Jul 15: The July 2015 edition of the 'morsEAsia' newsletter" from FISTS CW Club East Asia is available.

    FISTS East Asia was formed in 2004 to provide East Asian members with various services in their native languages.
  • 04 Jul 15: HamGadgets (USA) has released Version 2.0 of its innovative Ultra PicoKeyer kit.  Additionally, for European purchasers, the kit will be available from Funk Amateur (Germany).

    Firmware changes include include QRSS mode and two new 63-character MYCALL memories.  These can be recorded through the setup menu and used in a message with the /Y and /Y2 message commands.  MYCALL1 can also be sent with a button combination.  This effectively gives you five messages that you can send with the press of a button (or two, in the case of MYCALL1).

    QRSS mode lets you set the speed in a message to any QRSS speed mode, from 1 to 255 seconds per dot.

    The paddle timing is also "relaxed" when recording a message, just a bit.
  • 04 Jul 15: VIZKEY re-opens for business: Tom Desaulniers K4VIZ has announced that his key-making business, VIZKEY, is open again under its new owner, Curtis KU8L.  He writes on the website:
    After a lot of deliberation I have found someone who I know will uphold the high product quality and customer service I tried to maintain during the 9 years I made VIZKEYS.  I have found this quality in Curtis Nixon / KU8L.  I know you will give him your support and business in the coming years.  Thank you for all the nice reviews and word-of-mouth advertising you gave to me over the years.

    Tom / K4VIZ
  • 02 Jul 15: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    ClintonSWL/VK#14189 BobK6GCN#17318 MarkM6MEN#17405
    GaryWA0WHE#17312 JohnKM6NN#17319 Richard5B4AJG#17406
    BirtonN6UG#17313 SteveWA6KJV#17320 GiorgioIK3NLK#17407
    DanAB4NS#17314 RobKW4HR#17321 HansDK9NL#17408
    RobertKB0TUA#17315 DarelN6LZD#17322 GrahamM6EEQ#17409
    JoeKW1K#17316 CharlieK0MSO#17323    
    BillWA9BNZ#17317 ThomasVE3VPI#17324    
  • 01 Jul 15: The UK licensing authority Ofcom has decided not to allocate the regional secondary locator letter 'K' permanently to the English county of Cornwall (e.g. 2K0QQQ, MK0QQQ, MK6QQQ).  It has however offered to allocate it on a temporary basis for a period of up to one year.  A copy of the Ofcom letter is available online.
  • 01 Jul 15: The June 2015 FISTS Down Under newsletter is now publicly available.

    FISTS Down Under is the Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the FISTS CW Club.  If you are a current FISTS Member and would like a copy of the July newsletter, please send an email to FISTS Down Under link text.
  • 01 Jul 15: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    RichardG0ILN#398 Millionaire 3 Million Endorsement
    JimWD9HBC#11748 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Jul 15: The FISTS Americas Summer Slow Speed Sprint takes place on Saturday 04 July 0000-0400 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.  Maximum speed is 13 wpm.

    The exchange includes: RST, U.S. state or Canadian province or DXCC country, first name, FISTS member number.  Non-members send their power output in Watts instead of a member number.

    Members worldwide are invited to participate.

    For N1MM contest logger users, a User Defined Contest (UDC) file is available.  Go to the N1MM website, choose "FILES" then "User Defined Contests (UDC)" and look for the file G3ZQSmem.zip (can be used for Sprints despite the name).  A FISTS Call History File is also available.
  • 01 Jul 15: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following June 2015 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.  See the Activity Calendar web page for details on sending in FISTS Eu activity logs.

    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details of sending in logs for it.
  • 26 Jun 15: Listen out on 2m CW for FISTS CW Club HQ station GX0IPX located in Milton Keynes during the FISTS Two Metre Activity on Saturday 27th June 1500-1600 UTC.

    Note that this is the final weekend of the 2015 2m CW Activity.
     
  • 26 Jun 15: FISTS CW Club Europe Weekend activities 27/28 June 2015.

    Please join us in the Ladder & final Two Meter sessions:

    Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC:
    Two Metre Activity is around 144.058.
    Exchange a minimum of: RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).

    Sun 14:00-16:00 & Sun 18:00-20:00 UTC:
    Ladder Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.
    Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 26 Jun 15: UK amateurs: The fourth annual RSGB 6m CW contest is Sunday 28th June, 0900-1200 UTC.

    The exchange is RST, serial number and 6 character locator, with most European CW activity between 50.080-50.100 MHz.  Unlike HF contests, though, don't expect to get 599 for each QSO!  This should be interesting with the added likelihood of sporadic E propagation.
  • 20 Jun 15: Morse Express (USA) has made its new Summer 2015 General Catalogue available online as a PDF, or a paper copy can be ordered (USA only).

    Morse Express provides a wide variety of Morse keys and Morse-related products.
  • 20 Jun 15: The P3NS Dual Touch Paddle no-soldering circuit card is a new product from CW Touch Keyer.

    Create your own set of touch paddles using just about any conductive metal and wire them to the circuit card (up to 24" away).  Ideal for custom paddle designs.
  • 19 Jun 15: The EUCW Straight Key Day takes place this Saturday 20th June, 08:00-22:00 UTC.

    Logs must contain at least 5 QSOs, and each QSO must include a grade (0-5) for your QSO partner's 'fist'.  Frequencies are 3540-3580, 7020-7040, 10105-10125, and 14050-14070.  For more information and a list of recommended frequencies, please see the EUCW Straight Key Day web page.  FISTS in Europe is a member of the EUCW, so please support this event.
  • 15 Jun 15: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    GilbertVE3GON#17300 DavidK2DCG#17306 LiamEISWL27#17400
    JohnWI4P#17301 DennisW4HXH#17307 FrankG7GQP#17401
    JohnAF4JM#17302 SteveN1AB#17308 AdyM0XYZ#17402
    DennisNT5I#17303 BillKC4WNI#17309 RobbieG0GUH#17403
    FredW7ZIM#17304 RichW4RQ#17310 GuyM6FKR#17404
    LesAC2OX#17305 RaulW2FR#17311    
  • 13 Jun 15: FISTS CW Club Europe Weekend activities 13/14 June 2015.

    Please join us in the Two Meter & Ladder sessions:

    Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC:
    Two Metre Activity is around 144.058.
    Exchange a minimum of: RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).

    Sun 14:00-16:00 & Sun 18:00-20:00 UTC:
    Ladder Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.
    Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 12 Jun 15: The FISTS Brasspounder June 2015 newsletter has just been published.  Brasspounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.
     
  • 04 Jun 15: For the fourth year in succession, FISTS CW Club is the leading club in EuCW QRS Week.  Contributing to this were: Phil 2E0DPH, David 2E0EML, John 2E0JCY, Steve F/M0ZSM, Ray G0EML, Richard G0ILN, Mike G0POT, Peter G3JFS, Graham G3ZOD, Merv G4KLE, Peter G4LHI, Derek M0DRK, Peter M5ABN, and Erkki OH7QR.

    In the individual QRO category, Ray G0EML, Peter G4LHI, and Merv G4KLE achieved awards.

    In the individual QRP category, Phil 2E0DPH and Peter G3JFS achieved awards.

    Ray G0EML also achieved awards for "Most Readable Morse" and in the QRO category, "Special QSO Count".

    The full results are available at http://eucw.org/euqrs15.html.  Thank you to all who took part, and please join in again next year.
  • 02 June 15: The May 2015 FISTS Down Under newsletter is now publicly available.

    FISTS Down Under is the Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the FISTS CW Club.  If you are a current FISTS Member and would like a copy of the June newsletter, please send an email to FISTS Down Under link text.
  • 02 Jun 15: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    DaveG0DJA#1372 Basic Century, 1 X QRP
    John2E0JCY#13253 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Jun 15: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following May 2015 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.  See the Activity Calendar web page for details on sending in FISTS Eu activity logs.

    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details of sending in logs for it.

Please visit the News page for a full list of recent and older news items.

Interested in becoming a member?

FISTS HQ welcomes new members who have a passion for Morse Code.

1990 Vibroplex from Dennis K6DF's collection. Click to go to a larger picture Benefits of membership include:
  • Our popular Quarterly A5 News Booklet
  • Free use of the FISTS QSL Bureau
  • Access to our members-only area
  • Help and support from like minded people
The FISTS Club is one of amateur radio's fastest growing organisations.  It's an unique club, founded and maintained on solid principles using radio's oldest and yet most reliable communications mode - CW!  Why not join us?

FISTS History

The FISTS Club, (International Morse Preservation Society) was founded in 1987 by the late George "Geo" Longden G3ZQS of Darwen, Lancashire England, after recognising a need for a club in which veteran operators would help newcomers and less-experienced operators learn and improve CW proficiency.  During the first year, membership reached 300, most of whom were in Great Britain and Europe.  The original Introduction to FISTS by Geo holds as true today as it did when he wrote it.  Geo also explains how he chose the name FISTS.

Sideswiper ('cootie') Key Number 9 made by Bill NT9K.  Click for a large picture.

The North American Chapter (now known as FISTS Americas) was formed in 1990 to assist 11 members in the USA receive the newsletter and as a banking convenience.  Nancy Kott WZ8C of Hadley, Michigan was named US representative, a position she held until sadly she became a Silent Key in 2014.

The Down Under Chapter (New Zealand / Australia) was formed in 1998 to provide a similar service to Australasian members, with Ralph Sutton ZL2AOH as the VK/ZL representative.  From a VK/ZL membership of four, there are now over 100 members "Down Under", principally in New Zealand. The New Zealand membership is the largest in any country outside England, Wales and North America.

The East Asia Chapter was formed in 2004 by a few Taiwanese and Japanese members to provide East Asian members with various services in their native languages.

Why not join us?


Acknowledgements: Thank you to Dennis K6DF, Bill NT9K and Billy AB4RH for permission to use photographs from their key collections.

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