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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 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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  • 19 Jul 19: The Spring 2019 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

    Items in this issue include:
    • Hunting for the Unicorn Part 3. G3VBS
    • Spotlight on G4LRG
    • CW COM a worthy alternative? AA7FV
    • A Marconi masterpiece? G3XMM
    • Simple HF antenna M0BMN
    • The Radio Amateur G4BEQ
    • Fists receives award from CW ops
    • 9G2DX Ghana March 2019 Insight

    ... and more besides!

     
  • 13 Jul 19: Please join us in the Ladder and Word Search 2019 on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 14 July 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      Ladder QSOs have a good chance of contributing to the Word Search (see below); why not give it a try?  On FISTS Log Converter's "Activities" tab, select "Word Search", click "Enter Activity" and you will get a report on your progress.

      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 FISTS members.
    • Word Search 2019 Monday 01 July 00:01 until Monday 30 September 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with other members and use a letter from their callsigns to build up the phrase 'WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?  SFB MORSE'.
      New for 2019: If you are entering the Open section only, you can opt to have the letters chosen automatically for you.
      Minimum exchange is member number.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  Two sections: QRP and Open - you can include QSOs for either or both in your log.
  • 08 Jul 19: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder July 2019 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes the results for the June 2019 Ladder activity and information about the upcoming activities.


     
  • 01 Jul 19: Please send in your logs and comments for the following activities that took place or finished in June 2019:

    In all the activities, even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs because it encourage others to join in.
  • 23 Jun 19: Graham G3ZOD writes: UK amateurs, the annual RSGB 6m CW contest is Sunday 24th 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.

    QSOs with other FISTS CW Club members count towards FISTS Awards such as the Millionaire.
  • 22 Jun 19: Please join us in the Ladder and Word Search 2019 on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 23 June 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 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 FISTS members.
    • Word Search 2019 Monday 01 July 00:01 until Monday 30 September 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with other members and use a letter from their callsigns to build up the phrase 'WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?  SFB MORSE'.
      New for 2019: If you are entering the Open section only, you can opt to have the letters chosen automatically for you.
      Minimum exchange is member number.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  Two sections: QRP and Open - you can include QSOs for either or both in your log.
  • 15 Jun 19: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    RichardG0ILN#398 Down Under Gold 50
    DavidG0XAH#2222 Down Under Gold 25
    KenG4RHR#2248 Down Under Gold 25
    MilanOK1KW#4827 Millionaire 19 Million Endorsement, Down Under Gold 75
    CharlieNP3K#5110 Millionaire 4 Million Endorsement, Spectrum 40m Endorsement
    AlanMW0BGL#16507 Down Under Gold 25
    FanisSV2BBK#18061 Silver Century, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    KepaEA6BB#18080 Down Under Gold 25
    WilliamMI0WWB#18434 Silver Century, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement, Down Under Gold 25, Down Under Gold 50
    NilsDL3HR#18556 Down Under Gold 25
    RayM0DHP#18562 Millionaire
    IvanG0BON#18877 Basic Century, Down Under Gold 25

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 15 Jun 19: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    BenVK6XC#15242 WilliamK3UZ#19329 DonKE6BXT#19370
    IanVK6DW#15243 MelissaKI0A#19330 KenW8ASA#19371
    LesVK2LES#15244 MichaelWM2Q#19331 DaveKC9EI#19372
    TunaHS4QKN#15285 GeneKD9KMF#19332 GerryWA6POZ#19373
    Bob2E0OFG#19267 NianfengWU6P#19333 DavidKC9UVG#19374
    RexG4RAE#19268 DougW2NWU#19334 JosephKC8SAA#19375
    Chris2E0FRU#19269 MichaelK5RQI#19335 ScottWD8IXO#19376
    NigeM0NGN#19270 MonteWV0I#19336 MichaelN8ND#19377
    PeteM0HQO#19271 WolfgangAI6SL#19337 JimKH6SKY#19378
    GarryMM0XET#19272 EdwinAG7UU#19338 JamesKC8PXB#19379
    DagfinnLA7VE#19273 JeffK7JF#19339 JodieN8LSA#19380
    SteveIZ2BKC#19274 JeffW4JPG#19340 DavidKD8FO#19381
    DaveG0VKY#19275 JefferyK4EVT#19341 RyanKD8DNS#19382
    SamM0SKF#19276 KennethAF4QK#19342 JerryK4TG#19383
    JohnM6BLV#19277 KenWA4NSV#19343 SpenceWT8WV#19384
    Steven2E0ADR#19278 RussN2AMP#19344 AllanKD8DEU#19385
    Steven2E1HFH#19279 BernardKG8V#19345 RichKD2CQ#19386
    PeteG4WJJ#19280 RickVE3UG#19346 GlennKE8LZD#19387
    ColinGM0FHF#19281 TomN3UKO#19347 TedKD8AUJ#19388
    AndrewM0IRU#19282 JimKG9LB#19348 PeterWA3UMY#19389
    DanON1BBD#19283 MarkW3II#19349 MikeN9BNN#19390
    FabioIT9GSF#19284 JackK8SW#19350 FrankWB8YHD#19391
    GrahamGM5DEM#19285 JamesWB4CMA#19351 GaryN4ZDK#19392
    WilliamW1KZP#19311 DavidND1J#19352 ArieKE0IGH#19393
    MartyAG3I#19312 WaltK3DQB#19353 GaryKK4WJO#19394
    LarryAG1C#19313 WilliamKD6LTA#19354 DavidKE7MRT#19395
    SteveKA2YRA#19314 EliKD6LRY#19355 MarkKJ4YM#19396
    AbbyKC3AVY#19315 NormanKD6OMV#19356 BryAF4K#19397
    PaulKC1LBL#19316 JohnWW4JF#19357 MikeN9XA#19398
    DavidN8GZ#19317 RogerW2RMB#19358 SteveKJ4ZN#19399
    PaulVE3AXT#19318 CurtWA2JSG#19359 WayneK5UNX#19400
    DonaldW6QEY#19319 JohnK8YH#19360 GregKM6SYX#19401
    MikeW4AMR#19320 RobertN7CZ#19361 JohnKJ4KPW#19402
    JimWT8P#19321 RichardK7NJ#19362 BradKJ7GFW#19403
    RogerN2IH#19322 ChrisNZ6T#19363 DennisKN4FAD#19404
    JohnWH6DQU#19323 JeremyKC8RJW#19364 AustinKA3TTT#19405
    RandolphWX4D#19324 MarkKC9TYA#19365 RichardWR6D#19406
    IrvK3IRV#19325 MarkWA8ZIP#19366 ThomasNV1U#19407
    DennisWA5LXS#19326 JimKC0RPS#19367 CindyK7CLR#19408
    NickVE3EIB#19327 JohnKC7MRY#19368 DavidKE5PYF#19409
    NateK9CPO#19328 LaurenKD8PZ#19369    
  • 14 Jun 19: The latest version, 3.7.3, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds support for the Word Search 2019 on-air activity (01 July - 30 September, FISTS CW Club Europe).  This year it is even easier to send in a log; the program can choose the letters on its own, if you wish.

    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 testers: Alex PA1FOX, Peter G4LHI, and Richard G0ILN.

     
  • 14 Jun 19: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder June 2019 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes the results for the 2m Bank Holiday Refresher & May 2019 Ladder activities and information about the upcoming activities.


     
  • 08 Jun 19: Please join us in the Ladder on-air activity (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • * Ladder Sunday 09 June 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 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 FISTS members.
  • 02 June 19: Please send in your logs and comments for the following activities that took place or finished in May 2019:

    **** Also, please send in details of your equipment, any comments and ideally photographs, for the Chirp n Drift Activity and Iconic Rig Event.
  • 26 May 19: Please join us in the Ladder and 2m Bank Holiday Refresher on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 26 May 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 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 FISTS members.
    • 2m Bank Holiday Refresher Monday 27 May 10:00-12:00 UTC.

      This is a return to 2m CW with a set of 2 hour sessions on different days and times in April and May.  Send in logs for your best three scoring sessions.  Exchange a minimum of:
          RST, name, QTH, member number (if available).

      Recommended frequencies 144.025 - 144.100 with centre of activity 144.052.  QSO points are as per the Ladder but also multipliers apply.  If you use FISTS Log Converter, please install version 3.7.2 or later.
  • 11 May 19: Please join us in the Ladder and 2m Bank Holiday Refresher on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 12 May 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 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 FISTS members.
    • 2m Bank Holiday Refresher Thursday 16 May 19:00-21:00, Saturday 25 May 14:00-16:00, Monday 27 May 10:00-12:00 UTC.

      This is a return to 2m CW with a set of 2 hour sessions on different days and times in April and May.  Send in logs for your best three scoring sessions.  Exchange a minimum of:
          RST, name, QTH, member number (if available).

      Recommended frequencies 144.025 - 144.100 with centre of activity 144.052.  QSO points are as per the Ladder but also multipliers apply.  If you use FISTS Log Converter, please install version 3.7.2 or later.
  • 11 May 19: Graham G3ZOD writes: The RSGB 4m (70 MHz) CW Contest 2019 is Sunday 12 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!  If you have QSOs with FISTS CW Club members, these count towards the FISTS Awards.
  • 10 May 19: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder May 2019 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes a discussion of the Chirp n Drift and 2m activities, April 2019 Ladder results, and information about the upcoming activities.


     
  • 08 May 19: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder April 2019 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes details of the Winter Sports, March 2019 Ladder results and information about the upcoming activities.



     
  • 02 May 19: Please send in your logs for the following activities that took place or finished in April 2019:

    *** Logs are NOT needed until 7 June for the 2m Bank Holiday Refresher.  You can however send in logs for it at any time, but if you do, please note that only the most recent log will be included in the results, so it must contain QSOs for every day that you participated.
  • 28 Apr 19: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    RichardG0ILN#398 Millionaire 6 Million Endorsement, Down Under Gold 25
    PeterG4LHI#2219 Down Under Gold 25, Down Under Gold 50, Down Under Gold 75
    DavidG0XAH#2222 Silver Century
    KenG4RHR#2248 Rag Chewers 2m Endorsement
    MilanOK1KW#4827 Down Under Gold 25, Down Under Gold 50
    CharlieNP3K#5110 Millionaire 3 Million Endorsement, Spectrum 20m, Prefix, Prefix 50 Endorsement, Prefix 100 Endorsement, Prefix 150 Endorsement
    TheoPA3HEN#6477 Diamond Century
    JohnG4LRG#14873 Rag Chewers
    JeanF6JOE#16177 Millionaire 6 Million Endorsement
    MarkM0UZE#17405 Rag Chewers 80m Endorsement, Rag Chewers
    PeterG4LDD#17644 Basic Century
    BernardON7ZH#18446 Millionaire
    NilsDL3HR#18556 Millionaire

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 28 Apr 19: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    SigJP7TQQ#15279 MichaelN1ZJD#19177 DavidAG7SM#19228
    WenBV3UJ#15280 MichaelW6ASA#19178 ChadAB8SV#19229
    LincolnBV2CW#15281 GermanoK4KBL#19179 KellyKC5YPU#19230
    DavidBX3ACB#15282 KendallKD4KEN#19180 DonN1ECE#19231
    LanBU2EB#15283 GlenW1ND#19181 StanAA3P#19232
    RodGM4WWU#15284 WilliamKI7BJS#19182 LarryKF0MM#19233
    SteveG0NVW#19028 NathanAB2ZU#19183 JamesKF5LAP#19234
    DickF6DXE#19029 DavidNG5E#19184 MattKE7EX#19235
    DickPA3BPV#19030 RichardKC3KJQ#19185 FrancisN4UWS#19236
    AdamSQ3XZ#19031 StevenKB9B#19186 LynnW4DDT#19237
    ChrisG4BGM#19032 StevenW8SC#19187 JustinKI5CKQ#19238
    VernerOZ9XU#19033 GeraldWB5JEO#19188 BradleyN1NPK#19239
    TomSQ9IWA#19034 MikeW4BZM#19189 ClaudeW4FKM#19240
    JaakkoOH2KMV#19035 RonKF8O#19190 MarcAD4CW#19241
    GeoffG4TQM#19036 DickAA7DX#19191 NicholasKJ6LDN#19242
    JohnG0KFM#19037 CathyW4CMG#19192 SteveKT4RH#19243
    SteveG4SDM#19038 HalN4HOE#19193 RichWZ6K#19244
    BillM0TDW#19039 RollinWA7BFN#19194 JoeNN6B#19245
    BirgirTF1BT#19040 AnneKC9YL#19195 RobW0JRM#19246
    TrevorMI0TBV#19041 SteveAE8AT#19196 ErnestKC3JDJ#19247
    MatteoM0TKM#19042 JoeN4JW#19197 HaroldKE8LIJ#19248
    MichaDF4WX#19043 JohnWT4AG#19198 MichaelKC8WH#19249
    TonyGSWL50#19044 JoelKQ7L#19199 AndyGI7INR#19250
    KariOH6JTW#19045 LarryKB8EMD#19200 IgorUA5D#19251
    MattM0PTO#19046 JoeKE0FXN#19201 JohnG0LXC#19252
    PeterOZ8PM#19047 HarryW4WHF#19202 DavidG0CTP#19253
    JohnG4ILA#19048 BernieVE3FWF#19203 HenryM6HGB#19254
    DaveGW4AKY#19049 LouisKN4PZE#19204 BrianEI6JG#19255
    BillKA7PNH#19073 DeanK7NO#19205 ShayEI7JR#19256
    MikeAG5QX#19155 RichardN7ARZ#19206 RichMI0SMK#19257
    DonnaKC9THF#19156 PatrickWG8F#19207 EdG4ETV#19258
    DanielW0RD#19157 CharlesNT8N#19208 BenON6FBR#19259
    JoeW1FYL#19158 BobKI6LNY#19209 PaulG3ZKO#19260
    DeweyWD4FFP#19159 MaryVE3MVM#19210 AdrianM0ANS#19261
    PatrickWB4PM#19160 AmberKN4TBY#19211 TimM0ZRR#19262
    ColeyKN4SGY#19161 CharlesKF6FJU#19212 StuartM0SRZ#19263
    AlWA4YIR#19162 KarlWB4KKI#19213 RayG4NSJ#19264
    ZacharyKD9MER#19163 SamuelKB5RX#19214 SteveM0KOV#19265
    JoshuaW0ODJ#19164 BarbaraKB5ZSG#19215 DavidS51MM#19266
    FrankK4ING#19165 PatrickW9PFK#19216 DavidKF4LIS#19300
    ToddN3TJB#19166 RichardWC7CT#19217 AlexW3AVP#19301
    DrakeKR7F#19167 MichaelK6MCO#19218 FrankWA4PAM#19302
    LawrenceKE4UZL#19168 JonKG7DC#19219 NeilK9PIX#19303
    PatW5WTH#19169 RogerKG5YEJ#19220 LauraN6LRA#19304
    MikeKE4ILG#19170 JayVY1JA#19221 WesleyWM7WM#19305
    HaydenKN4FLN#19171 RonaldWL7CPS#19222 MikeN0MPM#19306
    AlvinKK6UQX#19172 PaulVP9KF#19223 JohnK4YK#19307
    GeorgeKQ5H#19173 AmyAG7GP#19224 DeweyK4CAB#19308
    KevinNN3E#19174 SteveWD4CFN#19225 MarkAD7GB#19309
    BarryK6ZGW#19175 PatNF8H#19226 CliffordAG7CC#19310
    GeneW4FHJ#19176 TonyKD6WYH#19227    
  • 28 Apr 19: The 2019 EuCW QRS Week activity is Monday 29 April to Friday 03 May UTC (inclusive).

    Maximum speed is 14 wpm.

    Call 'CQ' or 'CQ QRS'.

    See the full details on the EuCW website.


     
  • 28 Apr 19: Please join us in the Ladder, 2m Bank Holiday Refresher and Chirp n Drift on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 28 April 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 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 FISTS members.
    • 2m Bank Holiday Refresher Tuesday 30 April & Wednesday 08 May 19:00-21:00 UTC (& 3 more May sessions).
      This is a return to 2m CW with a set of 2 hour sessions on different days and times in April and May.  Send in logs for your best three scoring sessions.  Exchange a minimum of:
          RST, name, QTH, member number (if available).

      Recommended frequencies 144.025 - 144.100 with centre of activity 144.052.  QSO points are as per the Ladder but also multipliers apply.  If you use FISTS Log Converter, please install version 3.7.2 or later.
    • Chirp n Drift Monday 06 May starting 18:00-00:00 UTC for 6 hours.
      This is an informal gathering; No rules, no scores, & no results tables!

      Dust off the chirpy gear and spread the word for another exciting and interesting event.  We hope to hear a few more 1154s and elusive Parasets this time, but homebrew gear is also most welcome!
  • 22 Apr 19: The 2m Bank Holiday Refresher (FISTS CW Club Europe) starts with Monday 22nd & Tuesday 30th April 19:00-21:00 UTC (with 4 further sessions in May).
    This is a return to 2m CW with a set of 2 hour sessions on different days and times in April and May.  Send in logs for your best three scoring sessions.  Exchange a minimum of:
        RST, name, QTH, member number (if available).

    Recommended frequencies 144.025 - 144.100 with centre of activity 144.052.  QSO points are as per the Ladder but also multipliers apply.  If you use FISTS Log Converter, please install version 3.7.2 or later.

    Dates and times (UTC):
    Mon 22 April19:00 - 21:00 (Easter Bank Holiday).
    Tue 30 April19:00 - 21:00.
    Wed 08 May19:00 - 21:00.
    Thu 16 May19:00 - 21:00.
    Sat 25 May14:00 - 16:00.
    Mon 27 May10:00 - 12:00 (Spring Bank Holiday).
  • 13 Apr 19: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder and 2m Bank Holiday Refresher on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 14 April 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 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 FISTS members.
    • 2m Bank Holiday Refresher Monday 22nd & Tuesday 30th April 19:00-21:00 UTC (& 4 May sessions).
      This is a return to 2m CW with a set of 2 hour sessions on different days and times in April and May.  Send in logs for your best three scoring sessions.  Exchange a minimum of:
          RST, name, QTH, member number (if available).

      Recommended frequencies 144.025 - 144.100 with centre of activity 144.052.  QSO points are as per the Ladder but also multipliers apply.  If you use FISTS Log Converter, please install version 3.7.2 or later.
  • 06 Apr 19: Please send in your logs for the following activities that took place or finished in March 2019:

    *** If you had Ladder QSOs on any or all of 24 February, 10 March, 24 March, PLEASE do send in a Winter Sports log.  Ladder QSOs can be used towards Winter Sports!  At a bare minimum, one QSO with a member will count towards the Cross Country event, and your QSOs may qualify for more points in other Winter Sports events.  See the Winter Sports rules for more information.

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 FISTS Down Under Chapter representing New Zealand and Australia, was formed in 1998 by Ralph Sutton ZL2AOH to provide a similar service to Australasian members.  From a ZL / VK membership of four including a JA and an FO, the FISTS Down Under Chapter has grown in strength to currently 118; 31 New Zealand members and 87 Australian members.

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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