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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 CW Club in Europe is the founding chapter of the club.
Bencher BY-1 Paddle from Dennis K6DF's collection.  Click to go to a larger picture
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  • 26 Jun 16: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 26 June 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.

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

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 16 Jun 16: The latest version (3.2.10) of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version incorporates the new EuCW Snakes & Ladders rules for frequencies in the 30m and 80m bands for June 2016 onwards.

    FISTS Log Converter can be used in conjunction with almost all amateur radio logbook programs -or- for anyone not currently using one, it includes its own optional, easy-to-use logbook.

    The program is available from the download web page.  Many thanks to the test team: Alex PA1FOX, Peter G4LHI, and Richard G0ILN.
  • 12 Jun 16: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    RichardG0ILN#398 Millionaire 4 Million Endorsement
    JohnK1ESE#10466 Silver Century, Gold Century, Millionaire, Millionaire 2 to 8 Million Endorsements, Worked All States, Spectrum 40m, Spectrum 20m, Prefix, Prefix 50, 100 & 150 Endorsements
    CharlieN0CVW#16026 Basic Century, Spectrum 20m
    EmilI5EFO#17028 Basic Century
    RichW4RQ#17310 Basic Century, Prefix, Prefix 50 & 100 Endorsements

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 11 Jun 16: The FISTS BrassPounder June 2016 newsletter has just been published.

    BrassPounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

    This edition includes details of the FISTS May 2016 Ladder and Fifth Sunday activities.



     
  • 11 Jun 16: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 12 June 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.

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

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 11 Jun 16: If you haven't already, please submit your log for the FISTS CW Club Eu Mechanical Key Days 2016 activity no later than 30 June.

    Results will be published in the July 2016 edition of Brasspounder.
  • 07 Jun 16: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    TonyVK1VIC#14192 GeorgeAA4GT#17813 JeffreyN8NOE#17840
    RoyVK6RR#14193 DavidAK4IC#17814 JimKI4I#17841
    NigelVK2FNT#14194 EricN3DWS#17815 JohnNJ0U#17842
    DavidZL4LDY#14195 JeffKC6LTO#17816 ElliotAC6AC#17843
    BrianVK4BOW#14196 ThomasN5GP#17817 JohnK8YYZ#17844
    HalJE1REU#15182 MarkW9MNM#17818 JimKF9XK#17845
    KenJH0ILL#15183 MarkAG5AW#17819 DaleKC0SHX#17846
    YadoJP6TDI#15184 BruceWB2ADF#17820 StephenNZ4Z#17847
    BobG6TDR#17669 BillKK4QDZ#17821 CurtW0ALC#17848
    GiovanniIK0TWN#17670 AndrewND8D#17822 ThomasK4TIO#17849
    ColinM0JXS#17671 YoshiakiND1Y#17823 StephenK8BGR#17850
    Trev2E0JSJ#17672 TimAB0S#17824 JimKE4GVO#17851
    Owen2E0NWE#17673 RogerW0AJE#17825 MichaelWB0SND#17852
    SteveG0HCR#17674 DougKY4DAD#17826 KurtNI8K#17853
    DavidM0HJR#17675 ToddK3TAJ#17827 NicholasN4TAE#17854
    WalterAC4IM#17676 JamesKC3CSH#17828 TomKO5USA#17855
    RogerM0DOH#17677 JoeKC3CSI#17829 JohnKD2HEK#17856
    JackOZ4F#17678 LuisKB8PYT#17830 PaulKG5NKW#17857
    AndyM0VVA#17679 PaulVA3PDC#17831 RobertND2O#17858
    OnzoWW5OBA#17805 DavidK4MCG#17832 MarcusN5ZY#17859
    MarilynAF7BI#17806 CharlesWB9QQZ#17833 JamesW4UCA#17860
    WayneKC1AUM#17807 DavidN3DRL#17834 AlexanderW5YB#17861
    ScottK0LAR#17808 RandyW8FN#17835 FredNE2E#17862
    WillW0ZRJ#17809 ThomasK9VER#17836 Richard #17863
    AlKA1SOL#17810 BarclayWT4BT#17837 JerryKK6PA#17864
    JeffK9VEG#17811 CraigW5CCP#17838    
    ToddN7TWL#17812 DaleKC0QNS#17839    
  • 05 Jun 16: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following May 2016 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.
  • 05 Jun 16: FISTS CW Club Europe's new Mechanical Key Days 2016 on-air activity starts at 00:01 Monday 6th June and runs until 23:59 Friday 10th June UTC.

    Please dust off your bug key, sideswiper or straight key and join us.  QSOs don't have to be with stations also using mechanical keys, but if (hopefully) you are going to send in a log, you must use a mechanical key.

    Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    *** Don't forget to write MKD for each qualifying QSO in your logbook's 'Comment' (or similar) field.

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is not essential but very much appreciated.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 27 May 16: The next FISTS CW Club Europe QRS Fifth Sunday is 29 May, 0001-2359 UTC - a whole day of QRS activity, maximum 14 wpm.

    The main idea is to have lots of QRS QSOs and, if you wish, send in a log too.  Please chat as much as you like during your QSOs, but do include these:
        Name, QTH, & RST.

    *** Don't forget to write QRS in your logbook's 'Comment' (or similar) field if you are sending in a log.
  • 20 May 16: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 22 May 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.

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

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 14 May 16: The RSGB 4m (70 MHz) CW Contest 2016 is Sunday 15 May 0900-1200 UTC.

    The exchange is: RST, Serial Number (starting at 001) and a 6 character (e.g. IO92JL) locator and UK stations send the first 2 letters of their Postcode.

    This is one of three RSGB VHF CW contests (6m, 4m, & 2m).  These are more relaxed than HF contests and typically 'real' RSTs are exchanged, so have fun and listen carefully!
  • 13 May 16: The FISTS CW Club Americas Spring Unlimited Sprint takes place on Saturday 14 May 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.

    Call "CQ FS".  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.
  • 10 May 16: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    JohnGM0EPO#209 Spectrum 40m
    MikeG0POT#9875 Millionaire
    GeneW5GXV#11347 Millionaire 22 & 23 Million Endorsements
    PeteG0PNM#16592 Prefix 50 Endorsement

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 10 May 16: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    SteveAI6KX#15178 NeilGM7NYB#17665 JimKB5RK#17786
    PeterVR2VPH#15179 NickG0HFL#17666 CharlieNJ7V#17787
    ShunJJ1DJX#15180 DarrenM6GQQ#17667 BruceK8UDH#17788
    YoHS6ZBQ#15181 JohnG4DRS#17668 SteveKL7SRC#17789
    GraemeG0WCZ#17648 RonaldW8RJL#17770 PhilipWE7A#17790
    AndrewG8INV#17649 WilliamKM4NGV#17771 LloydKC5FM#17791
    JelleON6PJ#17651 WayneW4HG#17772 BrentKJ6PEH#17792
    SteveG4YGA#17652 FrankW1VER#17773 DavidK5FIG#17793
    ZebHB9FXW#17653 JamesKB9ON#17774 PaulKD9DAE#17794
    IanG4EVK#17654 DavidKN1SIX#17775 MichaelAE7XP#17795
    Joanne2E1BCF#17655 PhilKB5EBB#17776 FrankK5PHB#17796
    LeeG0DBE#17656 DonaldKG5DW#17777 GlennKO5TER#17797
    SteveM0PAV#17657 RobertAC9KJ#17778 StanleyWA6VJY#17798
    MarkM6KNM#17658 StevenN1TYH#17779 AlvaroHK5NLJ#17799
    CharlesG4JQX#17659 AndrewNB8F#17780 ConcettaWH6DZB#17800
    Chippenham and District Amateur Radio ClubG3VRE#17660 StuartKG5MCG#17781 RichardAH6NM#17801
    GarethG0MFR#17661 RobertKF4ILV#17782 GeneW4KLA#17802
    LawrieGM0TLM#17662 DavidKD2IIK#17783 MerleNM5MW#17803
    FilipON3FV#17663 AlfredWA2VJL#17784 TerryWB6TA#17804
    GrahamM3IME#17664 BrianAJ4RI#17785    
  • 08 May 16: The FISTS BrassPounder May 2016 newsletter has just been published.

    BrassPounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

    This edition includes details of the FISTS April 2016 Ladder.



     
  • 08 May 16: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 08 May 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.

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

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 06 May 16: The FISTS CW Club Americas Spring Slow Speed Sprint (max. 13 wpm) takes place on Saturday 07 May 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.

    Call "CQ FS".  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.
  • 02 May 16: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following April 2016 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/AGCW QRS Week and EuCW Snakes & Ladders web pages for details of sending in logs for them.
  • 29 Apr 16: The new FISTS CW Club Americas April 2016 KeyNote newsletter is ready to download for all current FISTS members.

    Included in this issue:
    • The Story of a Special Key.
    • Learning CW.
    • W8CYG's Stealth Antenna.
    • Wanting to Be a Radio Ham.
    • History of KN0WCW-FISTS USA Club Call.
    • A Dashing Man of Vision.
    ... and much more.

    Current members of FISTS Down Under, FISTS East Asia & FISTS Europe can use their FISTS Europe website password to get a copy.
     
  • 22 Apr 16: The EuCW/AGCW QRS Activity Week 2016 takes place this coming week Monday 25 April 00:00 - Friday 29 April 23:59 UTC.  The maximum speed is 14 wpm and any band can be used.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long.  For more information and a list of recommended frequencies, please see the EuCW web page.

    FISTS CW Club is a member of EuCW, so please support this activity.

    The free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows makes it easy to create and send in logs for the QRS Activity Week.
     
  • 22 Apr 16: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 24 April 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.

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

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 17 Apr 16: The St. Richard's Catholic College ARISS contact in Bexhill will take place on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 14:56:06 GMT (3:56:06 pm BST) with Tim Peake GB1SS.  HERC (Hastings Electronics and Radio Club) has been invited to witness the contact and participate in the interactive STEM space conference.  HERC operators will be on air with G6HH from St. Richard's grounds using a full G5RV.  FISTS members will be present on the station which has been kindly organised by FIST Phil G3MGQ.  A mixture of voice and CW is expected on the day.  FISTS members are invited to contact G6HH at St. Richard's Catholic College in Bexhill and share a fantastic day together.

    Please note that G6HH will be QRT around the time of the contact, and return to air when the ARISS UK team give the go ahead to ensure that ISS contact operations run smoothly.
  • 16 Apr 16: The March 2016 Key Note is now available to all current FISTS CW Club members.

    Please visit the Members' Area to get your copy:
    https://fists.co.uk/members/members.aspx

    If you have forgotten your password or don't have one, please send an email to

    Items in this issue include:
    • How I learned Morse ... and whatwas good for me!
    • Book review: The Long Silence Falls, Volume 2.
    • Training Keys.
    • Arthur J. Gould, G3JKY, SK.
    • George M. Allan GM4HYF, SK.
    • Pordenone Radio Rally 2015.
    • 2016 On-air Activity Rules.
    ... and more besides!
  • 07 Apr 16: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 10 April 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.

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

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 07 Apr 16: The FISTS BrassPounder April 2016 newsletter has just been published.

    BrassPounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

    This edition includes details of the FISTS March 2016 Ladder and Exchange Your Age Week 2016.


     
  • 06 Apr 16: The April 2016 FISTS CW Club Down Under newsletter is available.

    FISTS Down Under is the Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the FISTS CW Club.




     
  • 05 Apr 16: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    JohnGM0EPO#209 Silver Century
    PeterG4LHI#2219 2 X QRP
    MichaelW3QT#13724 Rag Chewers
    GeoffG0DDX#15552 Basic Century
    PeteG0PNM#16592 Prefix
    David2E0EML#16683 Rag Chewers, Rag Chewers 2m Endorsement
    ChrisF6EAZ#16987 Silver Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 05 Apr 15: FISTS will be attending the NARSA Rally at the Norbreck Exhibition Centre, Blackpool, UK on Sunday 10th April.  We're on stand 10, which is in the main hall in the corner to the left of the snack bar.

    This is a lively event with a wide range of club and trade stands - well worth a visit.  The entrance fee is £5.  The doors open at 10:30 BST and maps etc. are available on the NARSA website.

    NARSA is providing RSGB Morse Competency tests at the rally.
  • 01 Apr 16: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    EdwardBV4WN#15174 KurtON4CGW#17647 VernonWB8UTS#17757
    TomBV2JD#15175 Ayr Amateur Radio Group (AARG)GS0AYR#17650 JerryKI6RRD#17758
    MasaJR0VSF#15176 DuaneK4WAB#17744 ChristopherKL2KL#17759
    DharitriVU3RON#15177 JimN4YOK#17745 MikeAA1PR#17760
    HelmutOE4HDS#17636 MichaelWH6YH#17746 ErnieKC4SIT#17761
    BigLouisGSWL37#17637 WilliamWG9O#17747 SteveK2HG#17762
    KevinM0KCO#17638 JosephW3JVC#17748 LouannW5LDX#17763
    IngvarSM7DUZ#17639 BobK6IWA#17749 DavidWB0MQA#17764
    PeteGSWL38#17640 ThomasKI7AFS#17750 ClaudeK8MPW#17765
    RobMM6ZFT#17641 DonaldN0DH#17751 PeterKC1CUH#17766
    PaulM0GSX#17642 LarryNJ3Z#17752 RobertW1RCP#17767
    JeffGSWL39#17643 DavidN3CI#17753 JosephKF6FVD#17768
    PeterG4LDD#17644 JohnK7KPX#17754 Susan-#17769
    JohnG4ISS#17645 RogerKG7BCK#17755    
    Lewis2M0LUG#17646 PeterKC9SS#17756    
  • 01 Apr 16: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following March 2016 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.
  • 28 Mar 16: The new Single Lever Portable Torsion Bar Key with 'Station' Base portable paddle from KX3 Helper looks great and functions like no other.

    It's an all new key that you'll be proud to own and use on your next portable outing or at home in the shack.  Built to function equally as well as a sideswiper (cootie) key, it gives you options that only a single lever key can offer.

    The base is milled out of a solid block of aluminum and there is an optional stainless steel base for home use.  The control lever "carrier" is brass and the finger pieces are made of rare woods with a signature Mother-Of-Pearl dot on each side.
  • 25 Mar 16: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 27 March 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.  (UK members note the clock change overnight - the BST times are 1500-1700 and 1900-2100.)

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

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 24 Mar 16: Did you know that the quarterly newsletter "Hot Iron" from Tim Walford G3PCJ of Walford Electronics has been available free via email since September 2015?

    If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please send Tim an email addressed to .

    "Hot Iron" contains articles on circuits for amateur radio receivers, transmitters, test gear, antennae, construction methods, new kit developments, and feedback on builders' experiences.
  • 23 Mar 16: The new Mini Keying Adapter from Hamgadgets (USA) allows keyers such as the Ultra PicoKeyer to key transmitters such as those based on the Pixie design that require switching of a relatively high current of around several hundred milliamps.

    The Mini Keying Adapter is available either as a kit or assembled.

     
  • 20 Mar 16: The new Isle CW Transmitter Kit from Walford Electronics (Tim G3PCJ) is available in single-band and 3-band versions.  It provides 1.5 Watts from a 12 Volt supply.

    The single band Isle includes a 3.58 MHz ceramic resonator for 80m which can be pulled over several tens of KHz down from the nominal figure using the on board trimmer.  It can use a crystal or ceramic resonator for frequency control.  The band can be any one of those in the 20 - 80m group.

    For the three band Isle (as opposed to three frequencies all in the same band), you need to add the Twin LPF kit as well as the extra crystals.  The control of the crystals and the filter relays are both done by the same contacts of the rig's centre off band switch.  The TX RF output path to the extra filters is switched by the extra relays of the Twin LP kit that are connected either side of the original filter on the TX PCB.  This also allows the same set of filters and aerial changeover relay to be used when the Linear is also installed.
  • 19 Mar 16: SOTAbeams (Richard G3CWI) is offering pre-order of a new range of ready-made LASERBEAM digital audio filter modules.

    These are the perfect addition to your project or even to your existing radio.  Unlike analogue filters, digital filters provide near-perfect characteristics.  Because of the way that they are implemented, they are better than analogue filters in almost every way!

    LASERBEAM Modules have been designed for ease of use.  Each module has two filters onboard. There are three combinations to choose from:
    1. The General Purpose module has a narrow CW filter (550 - 850 Hz) and an SSB filter (300 - 2700 Hz).
    2. The CW module has two narrow filters (550 - 850 Hz) and (300 - 1300 Hz).
    3. The SSB module has a standard SSB filter (300 - 2700 Hz) and a narrow SSB filter (300 - 2400 Hz).
    There is also a hardware integration kit available, which is currently on offer at half price.
  • 16 Mar 16: HamGadgets (USA) is now stocking the 20m, 30m, 40m, and 80m versions of the QRPme Rockmite ][ crystal-controlled QRPP CW transceiver kits and enclosures.  For more information, see the HamGadgets Rockmite page.

    (Note: in Europe, the Rockmite ][ is available from Kanga Products in the UK.)
     
  • 15 Mar 16: Dan M0TGN is working with Dennis G6YBC (Kanga Products) to provide his Arduino-based Morse tutor as a kit.  If you would like to register an interest in this and receive updates on the project, you can fill in the Morse Tutor - Enquiry form.

    For more details on the Morse tutor, please see Dan's November 2015 Blog entry.
     
  • 14 Mar 16: The Palm Radio PaddleBase is a heavy base stand for Palm Radio Mini and Micro paddles and is available now in limited quantity.

    This solid base is about 15 mm high and the diameter is about 92 mm.  It is handcrafted from steel and weighs approximately 800 grams.  The surface is powder-coated and an anti-slip mat is attached to the bottom.

    There are two threaded holes, fitting the Quick Mount for Mini Paddle and Palm Single so they can be screwed on with the supplied screws.  Mounting with the magnets of our Quick Mounts is also perfectly possible; the keys hold very well on the PaddleBase.
  • 14 Mar 16: The LNR Mountain Topper Tri-Bander QRP CW transceiver, developed by by Steve Weber, KD1JV Designs, and manufactured by LNR Precision, Inc., is now available in kit form from Kanga Products (UK).

    It is a very small, very efficient three band QRP CW rig.  This is a kit with a difference; the only part you have to do is put it into its case, fit the antenna socket and a couple of other sockets for key and headphones.  The PCB is fully populated and has been tested by LNR in the USA before shipping.
  • 14 Mar 16: QRPGuys is offering a range of CW-related kits at modest prices.

    These are: Mini Paddle (single lever), Mini Keyer/Paddle (single lever), Iambic Mini Paddle, Mini Keyer V1, Mini Keyer V2, and Code Practice Oscillator.

    Upcoming are versions of the single and dual paddle keys with bases included.

    QRPGuys also supplies kits for an EFHW (end fed half wave) Mini Tuner, Digital Dial / Frequency Counter, Digital RF Probe, and 12W, 50 ohm, Dummy Load/Power Meter.
  • 14 Mar 16: If you took part in FISTS CW Club Europe's Exchange Your Age Week, please do send in a log.

    The closing date for logs is 31 March 2016.
  • 11 Mar 16: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 13 March 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
     
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 06 Mar 16: The FISTS BrassPounder March 2016 newsletter has just been published.

    BrassPounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

    This edition includes details of the FISTS February 2016 Ladder.



     
  • 04 March 16: This year marks the return of FISTS CW Club Europe's Exchange Your Age Week.  It starts on Sunday 06 March 00:01 UTC and runs continuously until Saturday 12 March 23:59 UTC.

    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, member number (if applicable), & age in years (if available).
    Age is sent as a whole number of years, e.g. 54

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 03 Mar 16: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    RichardG0ILN#398 2 X QRP
    PeterG4LHI#2219 1 X QRP, Rag Chewers 2m Endorsement, Millionaire 9 Million Endorsement
    ClayKE5HL#8002 Millionaire 5 Million Endorsement
    PeteWA6OEF#15666 Millionaire 10 Million Endorsement
    RonDL5CL#17425 Silver Century, Gold Century, Prefix and 50, 100, & 150 Endorsements, Millionaire and 2 & 3 Million Endorsements

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Mar 16: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    TakuJM7UBI#15170 HowardNU7A#17719 JohnKH3AE#17732
    AkiJE6NSS#15171 DavidAE4ZR#17720 RichardK4MZE#17733
    TakaJE3QXC#15172 GeorgeWB2GTC#17721 CarlK7CWA#17734
    ShigeJH1DUU#15173 PaulN3APD#17722 Sunlife ArcW7ASL#17735
    KlausDL1BJA#17628 DavidKM4GBW#17723 ErikK6CZH#17736
    ColinG3PGK#17629 RichardNI7F#17724 ScottN8SY#17737
    DonG1EGI#17630 DanielW7PAZ#17725 JoeWB4HMA#17738
    ChrisG7NPL#17631 GaryAF8A#17726 JohnW7JKC#17739
    AdrianoIZ3SVI#17632 DaveKD9VT#17727 NicholasAA7QK#17740
    ArtDC7DX#17633 MarkKE0HJB#17728 RichardN1NIJ#17741
    RickG4PGD#17634 PaulAF7HL#17729 MichaelAJ4VF#17742
    Paul2E0FNW#17635 BrianKJ6RAT#17730 JohnN6RCD#17743
    RobKD0WNX#17718 JamesKA5FVG#17731    

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 a 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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