Welcome to FISTS CW ClubFISTS 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.
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).
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at Rishworth on Saturday 25th October.
The doors open at 10am and the admission is £3.50. For more information, please see the Convention's web page.
FISTS Eu Ladder
sessions are on Sunday 26 October, 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
*UK members:* Don't forget that from 26 October the clocks are back on UTC!
The next FISTS Eu Two Metre Activity sessions are:
- Sat. 25 October 1700-1800 UTC, Sun. 26 October 0900-1000 UTC.
- Sat. 01 November 1700-1800 UTC, Sun. 02 November 0900-1000 UTC.
- Sat. 08 November 1700-1800 UTC, Sun. 09 November 0900-1000 UTC.
FISTS Eu Activities include relaxed, conversational QSOs and are an opportunity to meet up with other members. Call CQ or call other people at a speed of your own choosing. Members from other FISTS Chapters are invited to join in; contacts do not have to be with members of FISTS Eu.
In the Ladder, activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz, and exchange a minimum of: name, RST received, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number.
In the Two Metre Activity exchange a minimum of: RST, Name, 6 character Locator, and (if applicable) FISTS member number. A calling frequency of 144.058 MHz can be used to establish contacts. Logs are welcomed and QSOs count towards FISTS Awards.
I hope that all UK amateurs reading this have responded to Ofcom's consultation, which "ends on the 20th" (presumably meaning that today (Sunday) is the last day for submitting responses).
The consultation document is here:
The details for responding (now by email or using the online form) are here:
The RSGB's notes on some of the topics are here:
One of the items is Ofcom's enthusiasm for making the link between regional prefixes and the region operating is taking place from optional. E.g. if they have their way and you were to hear MD0QQQ on the air, the station could be located in England, Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales, etc. - there would no longer be a way to be sure. This makes it very difficult for humans and software to determine DXCC entity (aka DXCC country) / region from callsign.
For FISTS CW Club, an implication is that the FISTS Log Converter program will have problems scoring QSOs for the purposes of awards and activities since it will no longer be sure of the DXCC entity (country) based on callsigns. The FISTS Awards Managers and FISTS Activity/Contest managers will have the same problem.
The same issue will occur with other software and award schemes etc. worldwide.
73 de Graham G3ZOD
newsletter from FISTS East Asia is available.
This edition includes the Tokyo Ham Fair 2014 and home made transceivers.
FISTS East Asia was formed in 2004 to provide East Asian members with various services in their native languages.
FISTS CW Club members:
Bruce ZL2BCO #14181 Denny W0AKQ #16823 Michael N5FUR #16824 Terry VE3NMW #16825 Mike N9DLI #16826 Richard AG5M #16827 Mike W9MIC #16828 John W7SAG #16829 Tom KB8J #16830 Virginia W0NWH #16831 Bill N4HAL #16832 Joe W5ASP #16833 Bill K2ONN #16834 Theodore KB9SKP #16835 John KC7DM #16836 Kevin N1IME #16837 John N7ENL #16838 Joe N7JEH #16839 Glenn KA0HKF #16840 Don KW4DON #16841 Bob KK4QYN #16842 Steve KF5RYI #16843 Lou VE7CGE #16844 Erich HB9FIH #16938 Keith G4EQZ #16939 Ray M0TRK #16940 Keith G3IGU #16941 Frank IZ2DQB #16942 Ian G0PDZ #16943 Andy M0HLA #16944 Pascal HB9FMC #16945 Alex M0UKR #16946 Dave G4RQI #16947 Ted G4OZG #16948 Jim G3OJI #16949 Alan 2E0GLD #16950 Dick G3WRJ #16951 Chris G4CLB #16952 John M6FBO #16953 Brod G4RBP #16954 Steve G8RHQ #16955 Andy G0SFJ #16956 Chris G0LQZ #16957 Johnny M6OAO #16958 John M0CQV #16959 Phil G4UDU #16960 Ged G4MYA #16961 Mel M5ZZR #16962 Dave G4OCU #16963 Chris G4JSP #16964 Phil G4NVR #16965 Stuart G4VMF #16966 Harry GI0JHR #16967 Fabrizio IU0AHC #16968 Marian OM5MI #16969 Gary M0PGH #16970 Jack M6FRI #16971 Paul 2I0OTW #16972 Kev G0SBE #16973 Chris G4RSL #16974 Graham 2E0RZM #16975 Chris DL2MDU #16977 David G4NRT #16978 Joe DL4CF #16979 Stuart M0SGV #16980 Gron 2W0DFN #16981 Odd Erling LB1LF #16982
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 to receive the latest newsletter (only available to members), please send an email to FISTS Down Under firstname.lastname@example.org.
FISTS CW Club Awards
Name Callsign Member Awards Loren AE7CG #8599 Silver Century Rien PA7RA #9819 Millionaire 4 Million Endorsement Joao CU3AA #16928 Basic Century, Silver Century, and Millionaire
For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
Interested in becoming a member?FISTS HQ welcomes new members who have a passion for Morse Code.
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, (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.
The North American Chapter 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.